LA – The Eloise Voorhies Gary Memorial Award Fund, a scholarship fund at
Community Foundation of Acadiana (CFA), has named Shavondria Jackson as the
2015 recipient. Jackson, a senior pursuing a double major in Fine Art and
Spanish at Xavier University of Louisiana, received $500 to help pay for
tuition and educational expenses.
moved to Mandeville at the age of eight. Her love of art and culture began at
an early age when her elementary school teacher suggested to her mother that
she be tested for the school’s talented art program. Jackson said, "I want to
pursue a career in art education so I can use my love for culture and
art to help shape the minds of future generations through art education.”
scholarship was open to any junior or senior pursuing an art education degree
at a south Louisiana college or university. Jackson is the third recipient to
receive a scholarship award from the fund.
EVG selection committee
chair, Brian Kelly, said, "Shavondria Jackson represents the model art
education student. Her academic and research activities embrace the importance
and belief in the relationship that art education provides students and
community the opportunity to learn, create and appreciate visual aesthetics leading
to the development and growth of the child. She is a fine example of Eloise
Voorhies Gary’s legacy in the nurturing of ones creativity and the artist’s eye
in all of us."
The Eloise Voorhies Gary
Memorial Award Fund, created by Lynn Gary in memory of her mother, Eloise,
honors her legacy as an artist and educator who believed in art as an important
part of a child’s education. The scholarship cycle will open again this fall.
Gary said, "It pleases me so much to see the ongoing awards from this fund that
was created in my mother’s memory. The student recipients are a bright beacon
of hope for the continuation of art education for children.”
Voorhies Gary (January 18, 1912 – February 27, 2003) was a well-known artist
and inspiring educator whose career concluded in her service as Supervisor for
Art in the St. Martin Parish School System where she produced a handbook for classroom
teachers titled "Art: Involvement”. Two of Gary’s etchings may be purchased
through CFA at www.cfacadiana.org/EVG. The etchings are $120 each and all proceeds benefit the Fund.