Jean Cushwa Scholarship and Intern Recipients
2017 Jean Cushwa College Internship Award Recipient, Erica Robinson
The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts established the Jean Cushwa College Internship to assist college students majoring in Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Architecture, Design, or Museum Studies to gain valuable hands-on, experience within a professional museum setting. In an environment of supervised learning, the paid internship allows students to become familiar with the daily operations of the museum and to contribute to a variety of museum projects and functions. This year, the Cushwa College Internship has been awarded to Erica Robinson, daughter of Sherry and Daniel Robinson of Martinsburg, WV who recently completed her sophomore year at Shepherd University.
Pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with a concentration in Photography and Computer Imagery, Ms. Robinson plans to pursue a career in photography. Her photography has been exhibited at Shepherd University and XS Walls in Baltimore, MD.
Regina (Jean) Cushwa was born in Philadelphia on June 2, 1922. She graduated from West Catholic Girls School and attended the Philadelphia School of Design (now Moore College of Art and Design). In 1946, she married David K. Cushwa III and moved to Williamsport, MD., where she lived for the remainder of her life. Ms. Cushwa was actively involved in her community as a board member of Girls Inc., the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, and the Historical Society of Washington County. She was a member of the Women’s Club, various gardening clubs of Hagerstown, and served as one of the first volunteers for Washington County Hospice. Devoted to educational initiatives, she mentored students at Williamsport schools
Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Winner
Hagerstown, MD – The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts hosted the Washington County Public School Art Exhibition Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 in the Kaylor Atrium. 29 Award winners were presented with a certificate from the museum and Washington County Public Schools as well as a special citation from the Office of Chris Van Hollen, United States Senator. First prize winners and winners of the Director’s Awards also received gift certificates to Howard’s Art Supplies & Frames. (A list of winners is attached in the email.)The art exhibition is sponsored by Volvo Group Trucks, The Hershey Family Foundation, Washington County Arts Council, Antietam Cable, and the Rotary Club of Long Meadows.
The Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship Winner for 2017 was also announced and presented to Skyla Heise. The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts established the Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship to assist High School seniors who intend to major in Visual Art/Studio Art, Art History, Art Education, Architecture and/or Design. This year’s recipient is Skyla Heise, daughter of John and Rebecca Heise, of Hagerstown, MD. Skyla will graduate from a homeschool program this year and is currently enrolled in classes at Hagerstown Community College and Blue Ridge Community and Technical College. She will pursue a degree in graphic design and arts at Hagerstown Community College.
The $1,000 scholarship, was awarded to Heise on Wednesday, May 17 in the Kaylor Atrium at the Museum. The announcement was part of the Washington County Public Schools’ Art Awards Ceremony. Skyla was a classroom assistant for the museum’s Saturday Morning Youth Program for 6 years and she enjoys working with children. Her passion for photography has garnered numerous awards including selection in the 2013 Cumberland Valley Photographic Salon and the 2017 Cumberland Valley Artists and Photographic Exhibition and Grand Champion ribbons at the Maryland State Fair and Washington County Fairs. Skyla is the 2016 Miss Washington County Farm Bureau and is Vice President of Service for the Maryland 4-H State Council.
Regina (Jean) Cushwa was born in Philadelphia on June 2, 1922. She graduated from West Catholic Girls School in Philadelphia and attended Philadelphia School of Design (now Moore College of Art and Design) before marrying David K. Cushwa III in 1946 and moving to Williamsport, MD., where she lived for the rest of her life. Jean was very involved in her community and was a board member of Girls Inc., Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and The Historical Society of Washington County. Over the years, she was a member of the Women’s Club, various gardening clubs of Hagerstown and she was very proud to have been one of the first volunteers for Hospice when the organization was first being put together in Washington County. In her later years, she mentored children at the local Williamsport schools.
Information for the 2018 scholarship and internship will be available in February 2018.