The Art Academy of Cincinnati awards scholarships, including to five northern Kentucky students

The Art Academy of Cincinnati announces two new transformational scholarships: the Carson E. Smith Fellowship and the William E. Villa Fellowship. Smith and Villa were both graduates of the Cincinnati Academy of Art and remembered the school in their end-of-life plans.

William E. Villa enrolled at the Art Academy in 1963 and studied drawing and painting, sculpture, visual techniques, graphic design, art history, and color theory. During his studies, he worked as a photography laboratory technician. Upon graduation, he began his career as a TV news photographer for WKRC. He moved to San Francisco and worked producing educational films for high schools. He was a television production specialist for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the recipient of a HUD National Photography Award.

Carson Smith graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1957 with a degree in design and portraiture. As a student at the Art Academy, Carson met William Henschel, an Art Academy instructor and Rookwood Pottery artist, who recognized Carson’s talent and helped him get a job. summer at Rookwood Pottery which lasted for many years before and after his service in World War II. He won the Purple Heart for his service to his country during the invasion of Okinawa.

Smith was known for his designs at Wadsworth Watch Case Company and Helena Rubenstein Cosmetics. It was not uncommon to see celebrities and royalty using items he designed. His most notable design was the Cadillac emblem – a shield with traditional figures from heraldry. While the emblem has evolved over the years, its design is still the foundation of what Cadillac continues to use.

The Scholars Celebration recognizes significant scholarships and the students who receive them.

The 2017 Art Academy scholarship recipients are

1. Andrea Bacca, Bristol, Virginia
2. Cody Bechtol, Cheviot, Ohio
3. Caroline Bell, Turpin Hills, Ohio
4. Bruce Bennett, St. Paul, MN
5. Kaitlin Burke, Hudson, Ohio
6. Lauren Castillo, Greensboro, North Carolina
7. Mandy Clements, Greenville, North Carolina
8. Madison DeAtley, Loveland, Ohio
9. Joseph DiMario, Cincinnati, Ohio
10. Taylor Dorrell, Westerville, Ohio
11. Claire Flath, West Chester, Ohio
12. DJ Gathers, Madisonville, OH
13. Zach Gibson, Covington, Kentucky
14. Sydney Greene, Union, Kentucky
15. November Hardy, Madisonville, OH
16. Sam Holloway, Carmel, IN
17. Jen Horsting, Loveland, Ohio
18. Abriljoanna (April) Huerta, Fairfield, OH
19. Aubre Lightner, Evanston, Ohio
20. Noel Maghathe, White Oak, Ohio
21. Nicole McClure, Tulia, TX
22. Hailee McElroy-Herin, Clifton, Ohio
23. Nikki Nesbit, Newport, Kentucky
24. Jack Nichols, Madisonville, Ohio
25. Sabrina Pachla, Warren, Mich.
26. Cecilia Padilla, Fairfield, Ohio
27. Hannah Parker, West Price Hill, Ohio
28. Audrey Patterson, Mount Juliet, TN
29. Cody Perkins, Hebron, Kentucky
30. John Platt, Walnut Hills, Ohio
31. Sydney Rains, Covington, KY
32. Tez Robertson, Over-the-Rhine, OH
33. Kane Sargent, Lucasville, Ohio
34. Carly Simendinger, Lebanon, Ohio
35. Vera Thornbury, Price Hill, Ohio
36. Tiffany Tran, Verona, WI
37. Savannah Vagedes, Ludlow, Ohio
38. Sophia Velasco, Fisher, IN
39. Julia Waldorf, Fairfield, Ohio
40. Taylor Wellman, Amanda, Ohio
41. Mal Wesley, Over-the-Rhine, OH
42. Harris Wheeler, Lexington, Kentucky
43. Althea Wiggs, Lexington, Kentucky
44. Lindsay Wiles, Blanchester, Ohio
45. Andre Wilson, Westwood, Ohio
46. ​​Katelyn Wolary. Wilmington, Ohio

Mildred D. Field