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scholarships / grants - Awarded


Emily Gilland

AWARDED

Mary Jane Coleman Scholarship

December, 2020

"I am truly thankful to have been selected as the recipient of the Mary Jane Coleman Scholarship. I have been blessed by the great teachers I’ve had to help me make it to where I am today. I give a special thanks to my high school art teacher, Sherry Hensley, who really sparked my love of art and continually supported me. The transition from high school to college has been a real adventure, and I am excited to discover my full potential in my major as a Graphic Designer at East Tennessee State University". 

Thanks,

Emily Gilland 


Emma Broyles  photo (2)

AWARDED

High School Merit Scolarship

June 2020

I like to create a sense of lightheartedness and imagination in my art. When choosing a subject matter or deciding what to paint, even if I choose people or things that exist realistically, I aim to depict them in a whimsical and reminiscent light. By using illustrative styles, similar to those used in children’s literature, I strive to prevent my work from becoming to heavy. While I do find that creating and viewing art which expresses inner turmoil or emotional heaviness provides great relief and personal gratification, I typically see my best work come out of lighthearted topics that make me happy. After all, the only thing I personally ask for in art is happiness.

As important as it is for the world to have art that represents brokenness, it is equally important for the world to have art that is simply fun. I find myself as an artist often slipping into the common belief that everything I create must have a deeper meaning, that it must be dark and perplexing in order to be worthy of being good.

However, this is a very dangerous misconception, for it can quickly rob the joy from creating altogether. I look to create emotionally sophisticated art when self expression is needed, and I bask in the relief that comes with such a release, but I also focus strongly on only doing so when necessary, so as to avoid becoming performative.

Emma Broyles 


Emily Gilland 2019

AWARDED

High School Merit Scolarship

June 2019

“I am truly thankful to have been selected as a recipient for this award in 2019. It has helped me significantly as I dove headfirst into my freshman year of college. Little did I know how much supplies that I would be buying out of pocket, so this scholarship gave me security. In a society where it is easy to lose sight of education as a blessing and gift, I would like you to know that I am grateful for every course and opportunity to grow, not only as a college student, but as an individual. So, I thank the Greeneville Arts Council for supporting me and seeing the potential I had.”

Thank you,

Emily Gilland


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