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WSI Lentz Scholarship

James C. Lentz Memorial Art Scholarship

The WSI awards the James C. Lentz Memorial Art Scholarship annually to an Indiana high school senior pursuing a degree in the visual arts.  As part of our nonprofit outreach each year, we enlist WSI volunteers by forming a scholarship committee to evaluate the scholarship applications and select a recipient in Jim's memory. Jim Lentz was a founding member of WSI, a talented artist and enthusiastic educator who taught art at Arlington High School for more than two decades. The Lentz Scholarship honors his legacy of engaging young people to pursue their artistic goals. It enables them to build skills, expand their creativity and develop their message in order to connect with and inspire their audience. The video below reveals more about Jim and his lasting impact. 

Watch the video about the James C. Lentz Memorial Scholarship

from Interactive Media on Vimeo.

 WSI Lentz Scholarship & WSI Art Scholarship

For 2023, WSI was pleased to award two scholarships to Indiana high school graduates. 

Cayla Compton is the recipient of the WSI Lentz Memorial Scholarship and Madeline Comer is awarded the WSI Art Scholarship. Congratulations to both of them. Check out examples of their work below.

WSI Lentz Scholarship Recipient for 2023

Cayla Compton, Hamilton Southeastern High School

Cayla will be attending Purdue University to pursue a career in animation.  Congratulations Cayla!

Examples of Cayla Compton's Artwork

"Memories of Grandma" - Watercolor

"Grandma's Copper Kettles" - Oil

"In Grandma's Garden" - Colored Pencil

"Cousins" - Graphite

"Finding Color in a Pandemic" - Colored Pencil

"Tea and Me" - Graphite

A portion of Cayla's Artist Statement:

"I have created plenty of pieces regarding my grandparents as they are important figures in my life. I hope the ideas based on my childhood and this desire to honor my family continue through my animation career because they give my creative process purpose and spark my creativity."

WSI Art Scholarship Recipient for 2023

Madeline Comer, Plainfield High School

Madeline will be furthering her art education at the Herron School of Art.  Congratulations Madeline!

Examples of Madeline Comer's Artwork

"A Sweet Memorial" - Oil   

"Persephone" - Oil pastel/graphite

"The Enlightenment" - Charcoal

"Achillies' Heel" - Oil/Yarn

"Birthday Blues" - Colored Pencil

"In a Spiral of Ants" - Graphite

A portion of Madeline's Artist Statement:

"For years my art was nothing more than boredom fueled doodles on my math assignments. It had seemed that my passion was something of the past until I entered High School. When I scrolled through the class selection list, two college-credit art classes grabbed my attention. Art in college? What an interesting thought. So I took my chance, little did I know that’s when I’d find my calling once more. I was met with nothing but opportunities to take my art further. I could make artworks that interested me without restrictive prompts, and unlike classes from years prior, I took the opportunity head-on."

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