Scholarship Opportunity for Artists

Looking for 2019 Art Scholarships?

There are many reasons I’m proud to work for Realism Today and Streamline Publishing, and this latest initiative is one I’ll add to the list. Fine Art Connoisseur has recently announced a group of 2019 art scholarships that are available to students, educators, and seniors (age 65 or older) to attend the Third Annual Figurative Art Convention & Expo (FACE) this coming fall.

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Attendees working in the studio space at FACE 2017, where they could choose from several models to paint. It’s not too late to apply for 2019 art scholarships; this opportunity can take you to Williamsburg, Virginia, for several days of art workshops and demonstrations.

Each of this year’s scholarship recipients will receive one free registration to FACE’s regular program (offered November 10–13, 2019); three room nights at the Williamsburg Lodge (exact dates to be determined later by the scholarship recipient and the FACE administrative team); and a travel-meal stipend totaling $300.

If it’s anything like the Plein Air Convention & Expo (PACE), which I had the pleasure of attending earlier this year, I’m sure you can expect to come away overflowing with new ideas and techniques. Gatherings such as this are important for our creative growth. If you go, here are some tips to help you be prepared for a great week of learning and networking:

• Have something handy both for taking notes and sketching. I like a small lined notebook for writing down tips, to-do items, names/numbers, and even funny quotes I hear. If you forget your sketchbook (like I did for PACE), you might be able to score one at the Expo Hall, where vendors will be selling art supplies at great prices.
• Carry a water bottle and pack a couple of snack bars. This might not seem relevant, but you probably know it’s much easier to concentrate if you’re taking excellent care of your body first.
• Go out of your way to make new friends while there. Even if you’re introverted (a common quality in our community), find a way to start talking to someone new, to share notes or sketches, to find out what drives them. This might be one of the most valuable parts of attending an event such as FACE — the chance to mingle with figurative artists from all over the country, and maybe even the world.
• Compare your work to others with a grain of salt. It’s impossible for us to not make comparisons at all, but be careful to not let negative thoughts get in your head when* someone’s better than you. (*Not “if,” but “when.” Friends, someone will always be better.) Instead of letting it stop you from creating, use it to nudge your work further.

If you have anything you’d add to this list, share it in the comments below.

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Juliette Aristides, Founder and instructor of the Aristides Atelier at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, WA, gives a demo at FACE 2017

“This event is historic and something everyone involved in figurative art should consider attending,” says publisher Eric Rhoads. “By making it available to some students as a scholarship, we’re giving them a chance to be part of this historic movement and a chance to meet top artists to encourage them toward their future as artists.”

The deadline to complete and submit your online application is Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. For more details about this 2019 art scholarship, including the deadline and application, visit This year, faculty members include Michael John Angel, Juliette Aristides, Adrian Gottlieb, and many more!

Related > Read about artist Tori Cole, who won a scholarship to FACE 2018.

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Jordon Sokol, Academic Director of The Florence Academy of Art (Jersey City, NJ branch), gave a pre-convention drawing demonstration at FACE 2017.

View a glimpse at the Figurative Art Convention & Expo from 2017:

If you’re looking for 2019 art scholarships apply to FACE 2019 now!


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  1. I would very much like to apply for the senior scholarship. Please send application. Thank you for this opportunity.

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