ARTsmart Scholarships


In 2007 ARTsmart established a Scholarship Endowment in conjunction with the Santa Fe Gallery Association. Each year a panel comprising professional artists, gallery owners, and educators review the portfolios of gifted high school seniors selecting one to receive the Art Changes Lives scholarship stipend, as well as recipient(s) of the Books and Materials award.  Additionally ARTsmart reviews past scholarship recipients and grants them a stipend for their forthcoming year, through graduation. The scholarship award amounts vary from year to year. Recipients may come from any Santa Fe school, including but not limited to: Santa Fe High, Capital High, Desert Academy, Monte del Sol, Santa Fe Prep, New Mexico School for the Arts, Santa Fe Community College, St, Michael’s High School, Santa Fe Waldorff School or home-schooled students.

Sarah Surprise

Sarah Surprise

We are proud to announce the 2016-2017 Art Changes Lives scholarship recipient Sarah Surprise, from Santa Fe High School, who will be attending the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI.

Asa Benson-Core, from New Mexico School for the Arts, won ARTsmart’s 2016-2017  Books and Materials award.  She will be attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.



2017-18 ARTsmart Scholarship

ARTsmart will be accepting applications for the 2017-18 year beginning in April 2017. The scholarship competition is available for one outstanding Santa Fe high school senior who will be starting college in fall 2017 to study visual art or arts education. The student must have at least 2 completed years of high school art in Santa Fe County and have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

The following materials must be received at the ARTsmart office at 1201 Parkway Drive. You may submit them in person or electronically (original works of art will need to be dropped off). Office hours are 10am-4pm. To ensure someone is available to receive materials please call 505-992-2787 prior to dropping in.

Criteria for the 2017-2018 ARTsmart Scholarship

  1. One-page narrative of the importance of art to the student’s past and future education and career in the arts.  This should include why you are deserving of the scholarship.
  2. Portfolio of work. Portfolio may be digital or pieces of artwork; however ONE actual/original piece must be submitted.  Minimum of 6 digital images of student’s artwork and maximum of 15. Images must be jpeg, pdf, or PowerPoint.
  3. Transcripts verifying 3.0 GPA
  4. Proof of acceptance (or application) for school you will attend in the fall
  5. A list outlining involvement in school and community activities
  6. Two letters of recommendation


The selection process involves a panel of ARTsmart Visual Arts Committee members reviewing each application. Student’s art teachers do not participate in the final decision but they will be consulted regarding attributes such as work ethic and attitude. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up their portfolio of work following the scholarship selection.

The 2017-18 scholarship winning student will receive $5,000 for the first year and $1,500 for each of 3 subsequent years. Note: the 3 subsequent years’ scholarship may be revised upwards or downwards depending on ARTsmart funding.  The ARTsmart scholarship recipient may be announced by school personnel at the school’s graduation ceremony.  The award will be given directly to the college/university in the student’s name.  The student or teacher will provide ARTsmart with the contact name and address of the admissions department of the student’s chosen college/university.

Questions:  Contact Sharon Peterson, ARTsmart Operations Director, or 505.992.2787.




“For the past three years ARTsmart has held me firmly on the ground. I will always be grateful for your generosity, support, and care in pursuing my dream of becoming a cartoonist.” DaYoung Jung, Scholarship Recipient

College Stipend: Adhilene Rodriguez, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Books & Materials: Raina Wellman

College Stipend: Katarina Pittis, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
Books & Materials: Dune Alford

College Stipend: Lydia Abernathy, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, NM.
Books & Materials: Ravenna Osgood and Anatasia Pittis

College Stipend: Diego Suarez, Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA.
College Stipend: Wesley Carr, Alfred University in Alfred, NY
Books & Materials: Sienna Fleming, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY; and Blythe Maunders, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

College Stipend: Cheyenne Catron Cardell, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH.
Books & Materials: Aaron Ross, Santa Fe University of Art and Design

College Stipend: Rebekah Birken, New York University’s Steinhard School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

College Stipend: Corey Mandel, Bennington College, VT

College Stipend: Elena Valdez, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

College Stipend: DaYoung Jung, graduate of New York School of the Visual Arts, New York, NY