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James M. Brown Scholarship for the Arts Announced

posted May 18, 2017, 12:54 PM by Deborah Wickliffe   [ updated May 18, 2017, 12:59 PM ]
At the board meeting on May 15, Bailie Gilliam, from Seneca High School, was recognized as the 2017 recipient of the James M. Brown Scholarship for the Arts. This scholarship is awarded every year to a student graduating from a high school in the School District of Oconee County who will enter a college or a university to major in dance, drama, music, instrumental, or visual arts.

Bailie plans to attend Anderson University next year and will major in Studio Art and Art Education. “I want to have a creative impact on the community around me. Art is more than just a visual connection; it is also ’verbal’ without words and is therapeutic,” said Bailie in her application.

Bailie exhibited in the juried show at Converse College called “Young Women in Art.” She worked on the Seneca High School newspaper for two years and participated in service learning projects for her art classes, including face painting for various fundraisers.

“Bailie’s work is always carefully crafted, technically accurate, and thoughtfully designed,” said Fred Edgerton in his recommendation to the panel. “Her patience and persistence in achieving high quality results is one of her greatest strengths.”

Students apply for the scholarship and then audition or present a portfolio for the selection committee, which is comprised of members of the James M. Brown Scholarship for the Arts Committee. The $500 per semester scholarship is renewable for three additional years.

Mr. James M. Brown was serving as the superintendent of the School District of Oconee County at the time of his death. He had a great love of the arts which led his friends and family to start the James M. Brown Scholarship in his honor. Mrs. Brown still oversees the process and serves on the selection committee.

Pictured above L to R: Fred Edgerton, Bailie Gilliam, Mrs. James M. Brown