Batavia resident Ryan Haigh has been awarded the Virginia Carr-Mumford Scholarship by the Batavia Society of Artists. The $300 award is given annually to a deserving student enrolled in the art curriculum at Genesee Community College. Ryan, 19, is majoring in Graphic Design at Genesee and will transfer to the Rochester Institute of Technology this fall. He was a 2004 graduate of Batavia High School, where he studied art with Ms. Linda Chadwell.
Alan Gordon, art instructor at Genesee, selected Ryan "because he has the rare work ethic of continually raising the bar just beyond his current abilities, so he continues to improve in technical skills within drawing, painting, and design. But what will stay with me is what lies ahead for Ryan. He has the ability not just to make an impact but to reach great heights."
"I'm grateful for the scholarship," Ryan said, who initially came to Genesee as a cost saving alternative. "When you have teachers who are willing to take the time to get to know you and talk with you, it improves your learning experience." Ryan said he was honored to have been selected and "I will certainly give it my all when I transfer to RIT."
The Batavia Society of Artists was organized in 1950 by a group of painters that included such notable artists as Roy Mason, Max Mason and Nina Mason Booth. The BSA encourages artistic endeavors and high standards through exhibitions, art demonstrations, discussion groups, and lectures. They aim to foster cooperation and exchange ideas between members of the art community in Batavia as well as surrounding areas.
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Please note: A photograph of Ryan Haigh is available at the following Internet address.