Clyde-Savannah graduate Kathryn Broach recently was honored with one of three scholarships at a reception for the 10th annual Gmitter Memorial Scholarship Exhibition at Edinboro University in Pennsylvania.
Broach, a senior in the fine arts program with concentrations in sculpture and printmaking, received a $750 award. Two other students from the field of 15 finalists also received monetary awards.
Students in the exhibition were selected from a large field of applicants. Any senior art student from any of the 12 disciplines offered at Edinboro can apply for the scholarship by submitting three pieces of art for consideration by a panel of professors.
Broach, along with the other 14 finalists, mounted their exhibitions in their own section of Bruce Gallery. For this portion of judging, the artists were evaluated to see if they have the “whole package,” which includes their artist statement, art pieces, labels and how professional their set-up looks.
Broach’s show consisted of structures she assembled from metal or paper as well as prints, also with the theme of distressed buildings. A haphazard pile of bricks made on a 3D printer greeted those entering her exhibition space. Her artist statement indicated she appreciated the concept of structures made of brick because even something stoic can change and become vulnerable over time. She likened it to how people can hide behind tough exteriors and then reveal their inner feelings as they encounter new challenges.
Broach will return to Wayne County after her graduation in May to work in the summer enrichment program at Clyde-Savannah before continuing on as a teaching assistant in the school year. She plans to attend graduate school in the fall of 2020, where she will continue her career as an artist.
Several of the pieces Broach included in this competition have been purchased. She sold several of her other sculptures and prints displayed at previous exhibitions and shows.
The Michael V. Gmitter Memorial Scholarship goes to a student pursuing a major or minor degree in the area of fine arts/crafts, including jewelry/metalsmithing, ceramics, cinema, drawing, illustration, graphic/interactive design, printmaking, photography, painting, sculpture and wood/furniture.