Year Four Fine Arts student Clare Gemima is the 2017 Wikiriwhi Scholarship Award winner. The scholarship was established in 1983 and is awarded annually by Whitecliffe President Michèle Whitecliffe to a top student who shows exceptional talent and is a great ambassador for Whitecliffe. Commenting on the award, Clare said “I feel extremely lucky to be this year’s recipient and the win is taking a little bit of time to sink in. I am incredibly thankful that I was eligible to be put forward by the faculty in my department for such an amazing opportunity. Being able to visit world-renowned museums such as MOMA, the Met and the Guggenheim will aid in legitimizing my research and ongoing artistic practice, once I graduate. I feel extremely lucky to be the recipient of the Wikiriwhi Scholarship for 2017.”
Clare will complete her final year of studies this year and will utilize the award to visit New York City, ‘a city home to many artists’. Along with seven other Year 4 students, she submitted a detailed and thorough proposal for the scholarship describing her student learning experience at Whitecliffe and intention for the award. An excerpt from Clare’s proposal, “Being able to have an international experience in my undergraduate studies would invite a new and fresh perspective on how I could potentially navigate myself in the art world upon graduation. I believe it would further my understanding of art history and expose me to a new way of living as a self-identifying creative. I am interested in knowing how young artists make it in the Big Apple. I am fascinated by how a cultural hub with so much history can pave the way for the future of arts and how New York’s monumental status has influenced the trajectory of artmaking, especially that of a contemporary nature.”
Whitecliffe is proud to support Clare in her future endeavours.
Photo: Clare Gemima and Whitecliffe President Michèle Whitecliffe