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The GFWC RI Arts Scholarship Program

The GFWC RI Arts Scholarship program has worked in collaboration with the Rhode Island Art Teachers Association and Scholastic, Inc. to present cash awards to high school students in both public and private schools throughout the state.  Although the RIAEA/Scholastic awards are made for works in a variety of media, GFWC RI has chosen to limit its awards to those paintings which best depict women in today’s world.


The three cash awards are supported by the proceeds from the sale of a long-held painting by acclaimed Rhode Island impressionist artist and Rhode Island School of Design faculty member Mabel Mae Woodward.   Woodward also had served as Department of Fine Arts chairman of GFWC of Rhode Island.


GFWC RI is part of an international organization of women dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.  The 2017 Rhode Island Scholastic Art Awards judging and exhibition were held at Alex & Ani Hall and Roberts Hall, Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island.

The Judges

 Carolyn Traxler, Arts Chairman 

Diana Crane and Carol Sugarman

 Pictured above: L-R

Carolyn Traxler, Arts Chairman and winners Erin Turnbull, Sarah Bannon, and Alexa Gardner

2017 Winners
Ethereal Ascendancy

by Erin Turnbull


Scituate High School

and Blue Door Studio

No Strings on Me
Dreaming of Prudence

by Alexa Gardner

LaSalle Academy and

Blue Door Studio

by Sarah Bannon

Scituate High School 

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