Brett Childs receiving his 2018 OSA scholarship in front of a piece of his own work.

Recently, the Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) Scholarship Committee met to select 7 students who, this year, will receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships. A reception to disburse the awards will take place at 5:30pm on Monday June 17th in Council Chambers at Ojai City Hall.

OSA awards its annual scholarships to qualified juniors/seniors in local public and private schools, and to college students who are resident in the Ojai Valley and are pursuing a career in the visual arts.

Since its inception, OSA, a 501 (c) (3) California non-profit organization, has raised over $244,000 for educational support. The scholarship program is a vital part of the organization’s mission and is financed by donations and funds raised during the Annual OSA Studio Tour.  The 2019 OSA Tour takes place on October 12-14. 

Speaking for OSA, local artist Carol Shaw-Sutton said “We see this program as an important educational opportunity for young artists. They write an artist statement, organize photographs of their work, request letters of support from their teachers, and participate in an exhibition where they are asked to speak briefly about their artistic goals. We are hoping to grow this important aspect of OSA, and give more money to talented students every year.”

This year’s recipients are Shay Beckson, Brett Childs, Matthew Etheridge, Kamile Fargher, Artemisia Grasso, Arley Sakai and Aliyah Zweig.  Two students are attending Nordhoff H.S., and the others will be going to the College of the Atlantic, California College of Art, Otis College of Art and Design, and Santa Monica College in the fall semester.  

One student, Brett Childs, a local who studies Photography at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, is receiving an OSA Scholarship for the second year running in order to help him finish his degree. In his testimonial he expresses gratitude saying “It is so amazing that Ojai Studio Artists are able to raise money from the Ojai community and give that money back to artists working in the community. More than just an affirmation of the artistic work being produced, it also helps to secure much needed supplies – always helpful for the working artist!”