Internship and Scholarship
Cushwa College Internship
The Jean Cushwa College Internship at the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts is offered to one qualified college student who is majoring in Fine Art, Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies, or a similar field of study. The intern will conduct curatorial work to support art collections, exhibition planning and management, and/or art education program activities. The intern will receive a stipend of up to $1,000 for about 80 hours of work. The Jean Cushwa College Internship and the Jean Cushwa Art Scholarship are graciously funded by an endowment from former Singer Society member Jean Cushwa. These funds allow the museum to participate in the important work of fostering the next generation of arts leaders.
Faith Herrington is a student at Hollins University in Roanoke, VA and is earning a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and a certificate in Arts Administration. Herrington describes herself as “a passionate lover of art history” who aims to have a career in art museums. Her past experience includes interning at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA, where she researched various forms of portraiture for a mobile exhibition, and the Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, where she researched the museum’s founder, digitized materials, and installed exhibitions. Herrington has traveled to Greece and Italy to conduct art historical research and says the experiences helped her to “appreciate the value of an arts education as a means to explore any subject, time period, philosophy, and culture.” Genevieve Hendricks, PhD, Associate Professor of History of Art at Hollins University, says Herrington is “enthusiastic, inquisitive, and an inspiration for students.”
Cushwa Art Scholarship Award
The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one graduating high school senior who resides in Washington County, Maryland. The student must plan to pursue a career in Visual Art, Art History, Art Education, Design, Architecture, or Museum Studies. Funds are to be used to support tuition and fees for the first year of college.
Bradley Powers is a graduating high school senior at Barbara Ingram School for the Arts in Hagerstown, MD. She plans to attend Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a degree in ceramics. Powers also plans to study at least one semester abroad because “ceramic art is such a global practice” and she desires to experience “what is seen as beautiful in cultures different from our own.” Powers’ experience includes membership in the National Honor Society, Girl Scouts of America, and the Nicodemus Center for Ceramic Studies Potters’ Guild in Waynesboro, PA. She has earned many Girl Scouts awards, nine academic awards, and several art awards, including Trilogy Finalist in 2018 and 2019, Trilogy Fine Arts Competition Winner of Ceramics in 2020, University Systems of Maryland Hagerstown (USMH) Reaching Beyond Washington County Public Schools (WCPS) Annual Art Exhibition 3rd place in 3D Art in 2021, USMH “Expanding Horizons” WCPS Art Show 1st Place in 3D Art 2019, WCMFA Student Art Show 1st Place in Ceramics 2019, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Honorable Mention, and Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Silver Key Award. Her teacher, Todd Geiman, says, “Bradley is that exceptional student who works very hard to develop a deep understanding of the material and process through experimentation, revision, and execution. Her hard work, dedication and performance make her stand out as a truly remarkable student.”