2011-04-22 / Dining & Entertainment

CLU student wins SCIART scholarship for artwork

Lusi Peña Lusi Peña Studio Channel Islands in Old Town Camarillo gave its Award for Excellence in Art Studies on April 7 to Luis Peña, a California Lutheran University art major.

Artist Pat Richards Dodds presented the $1,000 art scholarship during a ceremony at the art center gallery.

Also attending the ceremony were CLU president Chris Kimball; Joan Griffin, dean of College of Arts and Science; Michael Pearce, chair of the art department; Lynn Creighton, senior lecturer for the art department and current exhibitor at the gallery; and Terry Spehar-Fahey, art instructor.

Peña’s work, along with runners-up Samantha Richman and Cody Yan, will be on display at the gallery through April 30.

The scholarship is given to college art majors with a goal of becoming full-time artists.

CLU submits the portfolios of promising art students.

The award is based on the Scholarship Committee’s evaluation of the quality of the artwork rather than the student’s financial need.

The award was created in honor of founding member and award presenter Pat Richards Dodds, whose work is often on display at the gallery.

The awards ceremony preceded Studio Channel Islands’ monthly Meet the Artist presentation, featuring Susan Cook, Susan R. Kaufman and Lynn Creighton discussing their shared exhibit titled “Celebrating Life.”

Studio Channel Islands Art Center and Gallery is a nonprofit organization with a fine arts gallery at 2221 Ventura Blvd.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

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