In honor of Naomi Rabb Winston, NSAL established an annual scholarship fund for young visual artists between the ages of 16 and 22. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and promise of future success. The scholarship funds are only for private study, for special training or for personal advancement in the applicant’s art career. They can be used for workshops, museum programs, summer programs, etc. The funds cannot be used for college tuition, housing or travel. In most years, as many as eight to ten scholarships are awarded in varying amounts.

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Naomi Rabb Winston (1894 – 1979) was an artist, art educator, teacher and lecturer.  As a young woman, she studied painting at the Corcoran Gallery School of Art in Washington, D.C.  Her many accomplishments included painting the Alabama state’s coat of arms in oils, based on a 1923 design by B. J. Tieman of New York. Her oil paintings are featured in the Montgomery County (Maryland) Historical Society collection and include the portrait above of Lilly C. Stone that Mrs.Winston painted in 1954.


2018 Naomi Winston Scholarship in Two Dimensional Art Recipients

Dillon Bolton, 19, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter, $1,500 to help with tuition costs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he is majoring in painting and printmaking with a minor in art education.

Pearson Chambers, 19, Washington, D.C. Chapter, $2,000 to help with tuition costs at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where he is majoring in painting with a minor in art education.

Kylie Demkowicz, 21, Ohio River Valley Chapter, $1,000 to help with costs to study for a master of fine arts degree in studio arts with a focus on painting and sculpture at Kent State University in Ohio.

Isabella Hernandez, 20, Florida East Coast Chapter, $1,150 to pay for studio art painting courses and required art supplies for the Florida Atlantic University 2018 session in Boca Raton.

Natalie Klar, 17, Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter, $1,000 for required supplies for art courses at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, a private prep school whose alumni include Kelsey Grammer and Ariana Grande.

Christopher Pleasant, 18, Washington, D. C. Chapter, $1,100 to attend Summer Institute for Graphic Design Studies in Providence, Rhode Island.

Julie Sharpe, 18, St. Louis Chapter, $1,000 for a two-week artist residency program at Artists Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions (ACRE), an artists’ operated non-profit based in Chicago.

Annika Sornson, 16, Bloomington Chapter, $1,150 for a Ringling College of Art ? Design 2018 Pre-College summer program in Sarasota, FL, to study illustration and visual development.

Marisa Stratton, 18, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter, $1,000 to help pay tuition costs at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where she is majoring in illustration with a minor in art history.

Tessa Tallakson, 20, Birmingham Chapter, $1,100 for required supplies for art courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where she is majoring in painting.

2017 Naomi Winston Scholarship in Two-Dimensional Art Recipients

Cassidy Boyuk, 18, Ohio River Valley Chapter
$2,000 to continue an apprenticeship in classical realism painting with Michael Cooley at Cooley Studios in Worthington, Ohio

Jackson Casady, 22, Virginia/North Carolina Chapter
$1,000 for a summer studio program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia

Suzanne Head, 22, Ohio River Valley Chapter
$1,250 for workshops in glass painting and casting at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, in preparation for a 9-month residency in glass studies

Matthew Hennessey, 20, Clearwater/Tampa Bay Chapter
$1,000 for expanded studies in screen printing, mono printing, flocking and collage

Jefferson McCarthy, 18, Florida East Coast Chapter
$1,000 for studies at the International Center of Photography in New York City

Mai-Han Nguyen, 18d, Washington, D.C. Chapter
$1,050 for the pre-college student residency program offered by the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland

Maggie O’Keefe, 19, New Jersey Chapter
$1,000 to take part in an artist residency program at the Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY, and courses in painting, drawing and printmaking at the Art Students League in New York City

Emmelyn Redd, 17, Greater Arizona Chapter
$1,200 toward tuition costs to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah

Khalif Thompson, 21, Greater New York Chapter
$1,500 to study watercolor painting with the distinguished artist Frederick Brosen at the Art Students League in New York City

Savannah Wade, 18, Washington, D.C. Chapter
$1,000 toward New York City’s School of Visual Arts summer painting program in Barcelona, Spain, that gives 3 undergraduate  studio credits