2016 Palmer Scholarship Recipients Announced

Posted May 23rd, 2016 by Teri Sharp  Category: Community Interest, Education, Other,


TOLEDO, Ohio – The recipients of the Toledo Museum of Art’s 2016 Palmer Scholarship have been selected.

Hedyeh Elahinia, Erin Miller and Julie Schnell-Madden were each awarded a share of the $8,000 prize to use toward travel expenses related to art study.

Elahinia, a University of Toledo student from Sylvania, will travel to northwest Iran to practice photography and document landscapes with the aim of contributing a new narrative to the American view of the people of Iran.

Miller, an artist from Toledo, will embark on a trip to Glasgow, where she will learn techniques for dying wool and textile-making from traditional Scottish artisans.

Schnell-Madden, a doctoral student in education from Toledo, plans to study indigenous artifacts in New Zealand, learning how Maori objects are used in the country’s education system. The research is part of a dissertation she is completing for her doctorate in education.

“This year’s winners put forth really interesting and unique project ideas,” said Mike Deetsch, the Museum’s Emma Leah Bippus director of education and engagement, and a member of the Palmer Scholarship selection committee. “They’ll be making important contributions both to the countries they visit and to the communities they live in.”

Every year, the Palmer Scholarship is awarded to Northwest Ohio residents interested in traveling domestically or abroad to experience art, and can be used to cover the cost of airfare, hotel and food expenses.

It is one of many scholarships awarded by the Museum. Scholarships for TMA art classes for children and adults are available to provide art education to those who might not otherwise be able to participate and to encourage artistically gifted individuals.

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