Former Ivymount Student Wins Art Award!

Former Ivymount Student Wins Art Award!
Posted on 12/05/2016

Former Ivymount student Mara Clawson is thrilled to have been selected as a 2016 VSA Emerging Young Artists Award of Excellence, a competition sponsored by Jean Kennedy Smith, Arts and Disability Program of the Kennedy Center, and Volkswagon Group. 

Mara's video, To Survive, is being shown in the exhibition titled (Re)Invention, which is on a year-long national tour to museums and galleries across the US. Currently, this exhibition is at the Dedalus Foundation In New York City until January 13th, 2017. In the Fall of 2017, the exhibition will return to the Kennedy Center.

Mara's largest solo exhibition, The World of Feelings: When Colors Get Along, features pastel drawings on paper and iPad drawings on metal. Through December 18th, this show is open to the public at the Goldman Art Gallery within the Bender JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville Maryland.

Mara gave her exhibition its title, which is based on her response when people ask her how she knows when a piece of art is finished. Mara responds that her artwork is completed "when colors get along." She meticulously works and reworks her images and the colors of her subjects until they emerge in a way that is pleasing to her. Using iPad technology also permits others to watch, in time-lapse, Mara's artistic process.

Examples of Mara's work can be found on her many social media channels, including her website, Facebook page, and YouTube Channel.

As if this wasn't enough, Mara is also featured on the cover, and is interviewed in the November issue of Bender JCC Center Scene Magazine. Click here to read the interview.

Congratulations, Mara, from everyone at Ivymount!

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