Kim Beneschott Creative Arts Scholarship

Funded by
Breanden Beneschott
Learn more about the Donor
$1,000
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
6
Application Deadline
Apr 28, 2020
Winners Announced
May 28, 2020
Education Level
Any
Eligibility Requirements
Degree:
Creative Arts Program (current or prior)
Degree:
Creative Arts Program (current or prior)

Today, with high-quality phone cameras readily accessible and the rise of online platforms for creators like YouTube, Instagram, Dribbble, and others, creative pursuits are becoming more and more readily available.

However, the flip side of this is that, with the hypersocialized and Twitterified world that we have today, it has never been easier for anyone to chime in and thoughtlessly criticize artists’ work. When anyone can be an armchair critic, becoming a creator can be an intimidating task.

And yet, it is often the work of artists, creators, and innovators that drive our culture, empathy, and societal conversation forward each day.

Students with strong exposure to the visual and performing arts are more likely to achieve better grades, graduate university, volunteer, vote, engage with local politics, read the newspaper, and more.

Despite this, arts programs continue to go underfunded.

My mother, Kim Beneschott, is an amazing watercolor artist. She has faced many hardships throughout her life, but instead of allowing anything to drag her down, she has always channeled her energy into creative pursuits and a powerful career as a school psychologist and educator with the most generous, kind heart you can imagine.

She never hesitates to give her time and support to anyone who needs it, and to this day I still get contacted by people who tell me what a positive effect she’s had on them.

She recently returned to her passion for art, and I couldn’t be more proud of her. Her kindness, generosity, and creative spirit is the inspiration for this scholarship.

Arts
Selection Criteria:
Most inspiring story
$1,000
1 winner
Awarded
Winner
1
Finalists
6
Application Deadline
Apr 28, 2020
Winners Announced
May 28, 2020
Education Level
Any

Scholarship application

Essay Topic

Please tell us a bit about yourself and how you plan to make a positive impact on the world through your artistic pursuits. You are encouraged to include links to any relevant creative work.

500–1000 words

Winning Application

Hailee Hoffman
Stanford UniversitySalt Lake City, UT
Hello! My name is Hailee Hoffman and I am currently a senior majoring in Product Design at Stanford University. I also competed on the Stanford Women’s Gymnastics team for 3 years! This fall, I will continue my academic career by pursuing a Master’s degree in Design. Although the Product Design major is a part of the Department of Engineering, I have fulfilled several of my course requirements with art studio and design courses. I am passionate about creating beautiful things and making a positive impact on the world through my artistic pursuits, through photography, writing, relief printmaking, and physical product realization. For this essay, I will discuss two of my favorite art projects; “Jurisdiction” and “Transformation.” 1. “Jurisdiction” (https://hhoffmanportfolio.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/kim-beneschott-creative-arts-scholarship/) Through the medium of printmaking, aim to bring awareness to, and creates empathy for, the struggles gymnasts face. I was a gymnast for 12 years and still struggle with overcoming the mental and physical challenges the caused by the sport. I hope my visual expression serves as a catalyst of change in the sport -- the stop the emotional manipulation and verbal and physical abuse of athletes. This work is part of the following collections: -Special Collections of the Stanford University Libraries -The Al–Mutannabi Street Archive, Rare Book and Manuscript Collection, Columbia University Title: “Jurisdiction” Medium: Italigo etching Edition size: 30 Size: 11×25 in Statement: Gymnastics is often seen a beautiful sport of calm faces, perfection, agility, and elegance. In these prints, I aim to bring light to the dark, concealed parts left invisible; the parts that appear absent yet are so painfully present. The hands reaching towards the gymnasts are the things that define the lives of gymnasts: the anorexia that keeps you up at night, unhealed, years-old injuries that chronically ache, the tumultuous, mental warfare of the dangerous sport, the disappointments of your family, who have sacrificed their time and money, the slanderous words of critical spectators. Those who rule this jurisdiction are the adults in sport, those who are supposed to protect us, who use fear tactics and emotional, physical, and more often than not sexual abuse. The beam the gymnast performs on is a mere 4 inch piece of wood, but a simple mistake might land her into the wrath of claws that rip skin and leave you to bleed out. 2. “Transformation” (https://hhoffmanportfolio.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/design-and-manufacturing/) This project required me to complete a full product realization cycle: finding a meaningful concept, validation through creation and testing of models, realization through high fidelity prototype creation tools, and communication through portfolio publication and presentation. I learned several manufacturing processes crucial to the practice of design, including woodworking, forming, joining, machining on the lathe and mill, sand casting, and welding. Transformation is an aluminum figurine encapsulated by a candle. As the candle burns over time, the figurine is revealed. This project aims to encourage patience and serve as a reminder that good things take time. Through creative arts, students have the opportunity to express themselves and make what is in their head exist as a physical thing in the world. Students can then share their artistic artifacts with the world, making a more colorful, empathetic world with a wider range of opinions, experiences, and realities. I am eternally grateful for the ability to express myself through art and the potential to move others with my creations. Thank you so much for considering my application!

FAQ

When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 28, 2020. Winners will be announced on May 28, 2020.