Spring 2013 Barbara Stewart Scholarship Winners

Winners On View Obscura Gallery:
Thurs, May 9 – Thurs, May 16
Gallery Obscura, Ocean Campus, Photography Department, CCSF

Winner ($250 scholarship, show in gallery obscura, 16×20 enlargement)
Beatriz Escobar (PH51-007)

Honorable Mentions (show in gallery obscura, 16×20 enlargement)
Hoa Tat (PH51-004)
Gilberto Mendez  (PH51-501)
Arturo Martinez (PH51-006)
Sara Benitez (PH51-004)

A Slide Show of All Entries:

Thank you to all who entered the Barbara Stewart Scholarship, all the eligible entries are in the above slideshow. Congratulations to the winners! First place winner please contact Prof. Steven Raskin for fulfillment instructions. sraskin@ccsf.edu.

“I was very impressed with all the submissions for the Barbara Stewart Scholarship.  There were many visually stunning, and well crafted self portraits.  It made my job difficult.  In the end, I gravitated towards the photographs that evoked some sort of mood or narrative, in addition to being technically strong.  Those were the images I kept going back to, and that held my attention over time.  Each of the five final photos chosen had a strong concept, and the composition supported the idea.

The winning photograph had multiple layers of meaning, and was a decidedly complex photograph.  As I looked at the photograph, I continued to discover more elements. Each new discovery added more to the narrative.  I found the image thoughtful, compelling and vulnerable.  I was drawn to the conscious investigation of the gaze, and the questions the photograph brings up.”

Congratulations to all the winners!

– Victoria Mara Heilweil

About the Barbara Stewart Scholarship:

Open to Beginning Photography Students currently enrolled in PH51.

“Self Portraiture”

The Barbara Stewart Memorial Scholarship was established by the ESL Department in memory of the late and beloved Barbara Stewart, an ESL instructor and photography enthusiast. Each semester, a beginning photography student is awarded a $250 scholarship in her honor.

Victoria Mara Heilweil is a nationally exhibited photographic artist, educator, curator and mom.  She received her Masters in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in 1995.  Her work has been included at exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts, Southern Exposure and RayKo Photo Center in the Bay Area, BC Space Gallery and the Robert V. Fullerton Art Museum in Southern California, the Visual Arts Center in Portsmouth, VA and the Washington Square Art Galleries in New York City.

In addition to her exhibition history,  Victoria has taught at a vast array of schools for the past 13 years. Currently she is a part-time Instructor at City College of San Francisco, CSU Fullerton and California College of the Arts.

Previously, Victoria was a curator and co-owner of Points of Departure, a cooperative art gallery located in the East Village in NYC.  She is currently a founding member of MicroClimate Collective, an artist created curatorial project.


One Comment on “Spring 2013 Barbara Stewart Scholarship Winners”

  1. Beatriz Escobar says:

    Thank you so much to the Department, I’m so honored!
    Congratulations to all students and let’s keep up the good work 🙂

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