PUBLISHED: 4:35 PM on Wednesday, June 18, 2008
JAHC announces 2008 scholarships and grant awards
Juneau - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council has announced the winners of the 2008 Fine Arts Scholarships and Individual Artist Grant awards.

The Council offers scholarship programs to assist students who show particular merit in their artistic studies. Funds either come from fundraising events such as Wearable Arts or are entrusted to the Council by other groups for designated purposes. Students apply and audition for the scholarships in the spring. The auditions are adjudicated by community artists selected for their background in the arts and education.

This year's award winners are as follows:

Advanced Art Achievement Award ($500 each awarded to graduating seniors) to Jaime Burrows, a painter and dedicated cellist, whose scholarship will help purchase a new cello; and Kristina Paulick, a French horn player, who plans to attend the University of Washington as a music performance major in French Horn.

Jane Stewart Scholarship Award ($500, awarded to the student deemed best overall musician) to Jon Hays, a pianist, who has been invited by Dr. Alexander Tutunov to attend the 2008 Summer Piano Institute, and will use the scholarship to assist with the costs involved.

Juneau Symphony Award ($600, for best orchestral instrument musician) to Kristina Paulick, French Horn.

Peter Barrett Award for Photography (varying amounts, awarded to students in photograph) to Jayleen Beedle and Laurel Stark.

Fine Arts Scholarship (varying amounts from $150 to $400, for exceptional merit in the arts) to Mathew Bautista, a dancer, who will use his scholarship to attend Sitka Fine Arts Camp; Ashley Boucher, a dancer, who will be able to participate in her troupe's performance at Disney World; Jacob Chamberlin, a visual artist, who plans to attend Parsons School of Design in the fall; Connor Chaney, an actor, who will use his scholarship to attend Sitka Fine Arts Camp; Auri Clark, a violinist, who took private violin lessons with Jazz & Classics musicians and will continue her lessons this summer; Lindsay Clark, who will continue her lessons with Linda Rosenthal, take Jazz & Classics workshops and take Dr. Tutunov's piano masterclass; Kenny Conneen, a violinist, who will purchase a full-size bow for his violin; David Miller, a violinist and guitarist, who will purchase a guitar amplifier to improve his guitar work; Shelby Oelklaus, a pianist, who will continue her piano lessons through the summer; Marie Petersen, a singer, who plans to produce a CD this summer; Margaret Ross, who plans to take Dr. Tutunov's piano master class and private lessons; Ethan Seid, a violinist, who plans to attend the Oregon Suzuki Institute this summer; Kevin Sigler, a violinist, who will purchase a better quality instrument; Nathel Sims, who plans to take ballet lessons using her scholarship; Nicole Soloney, a ballet student, who will use her scholarship to allow her to travel to competitions in the Nevada and Washington; Ruby Steedle, a violist, who will attend Sitka Fina Arts Camp this summer; Dawson Walker, a visual artist working in animation, who will go to the Sitka Fine Arts Camp; Denali Wentz, a violinist, who will increase his violin lesson time from 1/2 hour to hour long lessons weekly; Hannah Wilson, a violinist, who will take fiddle lessons in addition to her violin lessons; Colin Zheng, a violinist, who plans to use his scholarship to help with ensemble and private lessons; Pauline Zheng, a violinist, who will continue her private lessons and hopes to attend a summer institute or camp.

Students auditioned before panels of two to three judges who scored them on criteria including techniques, interpretation, and stage presence. This year's adjudicators included Steve Tada, Bruce Simonson, Jan Levy, Rick Trostel, Miah Lager, Greg Burger, Franz Felkl, Patrick Murphy, Alysia McLain, Terry Cramer, Roald Simonson, Jim Fowler and Seanna O'Sullivan.

JAHC thanks the Juneau Community Foundation, the Jane Stewart Family and the Juneau Symphony for making the special awards possible.

The Council awarded $3000 in grants to individuals. This year's Individual Artist Grants were awarded to Ryan Conarro, who will attend the SITI Company Summer Workshop; Sarah Conarro, who will her funds to complete her gallery exhibit planned for August; Joe Karson, who will continue to develop his creative writing projects; Sherri McDonald, who will attend an Ethiopian Coptic Bookbinding Workshop; Magil Pratt, who plans to attend an advanced level painting workshop; Jay Query, who will attend the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Opera and Musical Theatre and Vocal Masters classes; Phoebe Rohrbacher, who will develop a professional portfolio of her work in preparation for applying to graduate school in the arts; and Alex Romero, who will purchase materials to help construct a sound studio.

For more information, contact the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at 586-2787 or visit