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Announcing Dick Jennings Memorial Art Scholarship Winner

May 19, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Jackson, Wyo. – Mountain Academy of Teton Science Schools senior Mariela Santelices is the recipient of the Art Leadership Scholarship in Honor of the Memory of Dick Jennings. The $4,000 award is given annually by the National Museum of Wildlife Art to a Teton County high school senior with a passion for fine art who plans to study art at the collegiate level. 

“Dick Jennings was a dedicated museum board member whose memory invites us to reflect on how important it is to care about the community you live in and give of yourself to the causes you feel passionate about,” says Jane Lavino, the Museum’s Sugden Chief Curator of Education.

Santelices will pursue studies in Architecture at California Polytechnic University. She has been encouraged as an artist by her art teacher, Heidi Kohler, and was the recipient of multiple other arts awards and scholarships this year. Santelices was also a dedicated multi-year participant in the Studio Project, an intensive extracurricular arts enrichment program made possible by the Art Association of Jackson Hole and the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

“I am so excited to use my art skills to help me in the field of architecture! I am so thankful for the National Museum of Wildlife Art and the plethora of opportunities that they have provided to myself and to the community in general,” says Santelices.


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