Each school year we have several students who take the extra steps required to be accepted into art school. This means they must prepare extensive portfolios and audition pieces to show their passion, technique, dedication and talent for their area of study. During their years here at Canterbury we have seen these students' artistic talent grow and develop under the direction of our arts faculty and community mentors.
Austin White joins Devika Reddy and Cecelia Snow (both profiled last week) in going through this rigorous process to study art in college.
Austin was accepted to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has received a Creative Honors Scholarship. He has earned more than 15 Scholastic Art Awards, including two American Vision nominations and one National Key.
Austin recently was named as a 2014 National YoungArts Foundation Merit Award winner. This year there were 687 winners chosen from 10,000 applications from across the nation. These winners have the opportunity to attend YoungArts programs which include master classes with internationally renowned artists, workshops, interdisciplinary activities, performances and exhibitions.
He also has received both a Canterbury faculty prize commendation and a fine arts department commendation. His activities, other than art, include co-captaining the the High School swim team, coaching and doing gymnastics, as well as participating in Canterbury's dramatic arts.