Applications Open for the Naomi Rabb Winston Scholarship in Two-Dimensional Art

By Editorial Team on January 10, 2018

Deadline: Thu, 01 February 2018

Limitations, acrylic on canvas by Jefferson McCarthy, a 2017 Winston Scholarship recipient, Florida East Coast Chapter.
Deadline: Thursday, February 1, 2018

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An annual scholarship in honor of the late Naomi Rabb Winston, a distinguished artist and mother of Shirley Rabb Winston, has been established and made available, through the National Society of Arts and Letters, to young visual artists ages 16 to 22. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent and promise of future success.

The scholarship funds are for private study, special training or personal advancement in the applicants’ chosen art fields. The funds can be used for college tuition and required art supplies, but not for housing or travel.

Scholarship funds are sent to the institution, teacher or program selected by the scholarship recipient. Scholarship recipients have 15 months to use the funds.

Applicants who have not received a scholarship may apply as often as their age allows. Scholarship recipients may not reapply for the scholarship, but are eligible to participate in other NSAL competitions.

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Applicants must:

  1. be citizens of the United States. Copies of birth certificates or naturalization papers must be submitted with applications.
  2. be at least 16 years old, but not older than 22 by February 1, 2018.
  3. not be previous recipients of a Winston Scholarship in Two-Dimensional Art.


  1. The art works must be original and created by traditional methods. Computer generated imagery or computerized digital painting are “not” permitted.
  2. The style of work may be realistic, abstract or expressive.


  1. Applicants must submit, on CD or flash drive in jpeg high quality format, images of five (5) art works done within the past two years. The CDs/flash drives must be unprotected and computer friendly.
    Prints (4” x 6”) of the art works must accompany the CD or flash drive. The entire uncropped view of each work must be visible.
    Each image in the CD or flash drive and each print must be labeled with the artist’s name, title and medium of the art work. The back of each print must show the dimensions of the work, as well as the date it was completed.
  2. a. Works must be two-dimensional and may be on paper, canvas, masonite, metal or wood panels. Mediums may include pencil, pen, charcoal, colored pencil, watercolor, oil or acrylic paints, mixed media and original prints created by printmaking processes.
    b. Photographs, computer generated imagery or computerized digital painting and three-dimensional works are “not” permitted.


  1. Qualified judges chosen by each NSAL Chapter will be given copies of the age and a brief bio of each of the artists, explaining how they want to use their scholarships.
  2. The judges will select the artwork of one or two applicants.
  3. Each chapter will mail the CDs/flash drives and application(s) of its finalist (s) to the National Chair before the March 1, 2018 deadline.


  1. Care and caution must be exercised in the handling of all CDs/flash drives. NSAL Chapters and the National Winston Scholarships Committee will not be liable for claims of loss, theft or damage of any kind. If insurance is desired, it must be arranged by the applicant.
  2. The National Winston Scholarships Committee reserves the right to reproduce, in color or in black and white, the CDs/flash drives of the art works submitted by the finalists, regardless of copyright. The reproductions will be used for educational and/or publicity purposes only.


  1. Contestant applications are due to NSAL Chapters nearest their homes or schools by February 1, 2018. For Chapter addresses, see Chapter Contacts.
  2. Chapters must send the application(s) of their finalist (s) to the National Chair before the March 1, 2018 deadline.
  3. Winston Art Scholarship recipients will be announced the first week in April 2018.