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Art and Art History
Churon Brown is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA. Churon is a senior at Wright State University majoring in fine arts with a concentration in printmaking. While attending Wright State Churon has been a member of the Black Student Union, panelist and member of the Wright State Rainbow Alliance, and Student Artist in Residence for the Wright State Women’s Center in 2015. Churon is currently looking for more opportunities to become involved within the Art department.
Rosa Tweed is a recipient of the Dayton Business Journal ARTSGALA Scholarship. Rosa is double majoring in studio art with a focus in printmaking, and biological sciences with a focus in wildlife ecology. Rosa is the photographer and newsletter officer for Golden Key International Honor Society as well as a tutor for intro biology courses. Rosa’s interests include martial arts, knitting, watercolor, and aquarium keeping.
Alexis Lyman is a recipient of the Emerson Climate Technologies ARTSGALA Scholarship. Alexis is a senior double majoring in art and art history at Wright State University. She participated in two study abroad programs in Italy this past summer, which she greatly appreciates. While in Italy, Alexis apprenticed under a Master Painter to learn the traditional Italian style of painting. She loved having the opportunity to see in person the art she has studied in classes.
Kara Reeser is a recipient of the Pam and Malte von Matthiessen ARTSGALA Scholarship. Kara is a fine arts major with a concentration in painting at Wright State University. Kara has had an interest in art from a very young age. She aspires to become an art teacher after she graduates while continuing to create her own art. Outside of school, Kara loves to spend time with her family and two-year-old son.
Allie Edmonds is a recipient of the Dayton Daily News ARTSGALA Scholarship. Allie is a senior at Wright State University majoring in art history. Her main area of interest is Non-Western Art, and she really wants to focus on studying artworks from Asia. To further enhance this interest, Allie is currently learning the Chinese language. Since early childhood, Allie has actively participated in performing and visual arts. She frequented art museums and art exhibitions which fostered her love of art and art history.
Nick Stalter is a recipient of the Heidelberg Distributing ARTSGALA Scholarship. Nick is a senior attending Wright State University. He is majoring in fine art with concentrations in painting and sculpture. He attended Centerville High School where his interest in painting flourished due to their wonderful art programs. Nick enjoys painting from the landscape as well as painting and sculpting from the figure. His father is a tattoo artist and a painter which sparked Nick’s interest in art at a very early age.
Cassidy Metcalf is a recipient of the Vectren ARTSGALA Scholarship. Cassidy is a studio art major at Wright State University, with a concentration in printmaking. When she isn’t working on her artistic and academic studies at school, Cassidy has a packed life with raising her three-year-old son, Cooper. She also does a lot of home baking in her free time, picking up commissions for various parties, baby showers, and weddings.
Jennifer Noren is a recipient of the Wright-Patt Credit Union ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jennifer is a fine art/oil painting major from Troy, Ohio. She has always been an artist who loves learning, history, languages, cooking, and natural medicine. She has been working on obtaining her fine art degree, while raising two sons and working in a pediatric dental office. Jennifer was recently inducted into Wright State's Golden Key International Honour Society.
Anna Sollenberger is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Anna is a music education major at Wright State University. She is an active member of Wright State’s chapter of the Ohio Music Education Association and the National Association of Music Education. Anna is currently teaching with Kettering Fairmont, Northmont, Tipp City, and Madison High School. She is a member of the top performing ensembles at Wright State: the Wind Symphony and Chamber Players. Anna spent her entire summer teaching and instructing students at different band camps and traveling across the state.
Brandon Sapp is a recipient of the Barnes and Noble ARTSGALA Scholarship. Brandon is majoring in music education and minoring in psychology as an honor student at Wright State University. Brandon has had the pleasure of participating in the Wright State Wind Symphony, Trumpet Studio, and Jazz Band. He has performed in several major works including the Benjamin Britain War Requiem, the International Trumpet Guild Convention, and the Exploring Brass Symposium in Thessaloniki, Greece. Brandon is involved in professional organizations as well as campus Christian organizations. In his free time Brandon enjoys volunteering at his church, Salem Church of God, helping with their youth program and orchestra.
Suzie Herman is a recipient of the Morris Furniture Company ARTSGALA Scholarship. Suzie is a junior vocal performance major at Wright State University. Suzie performs in Wright State’s Opera Theater productions and is a member of Collegiate Chorale. She is involved in Campus Crusade for Christ as a member of the worship team. This year Suzie became a mentor in the School of Music’s mentoring program. Along with singing, Suzie immensely enjoys playing the piano.
Austin Baker is a recipient of the Morris Furniture Company ARTSGALA Scholarship. Austin studies music education at Wright State and he hopes to join Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Wright State’s music fraternity. He enjoys his part-time work as a technician for the Hunt Krewson Pipe Organ company based in downtown Dayton, repairing, tuning, rebuilding and restoring pipe organs. When not at school or work, Austin enjoys riding his road bike and spending time with his friends and family.
Sophia O'Shea is a recipient of the Gloria and Don Graber ARTSGALA Scholarship. Sophia is a music education major at Wright State University. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, reading, and playing the Legend of Zelda game series. At Wright State you can find Sophia practicing for collegiate chorale or working on recitals. In her spare time, Sophia loves playing with her adorable potbellied pig, Elliott.
Stephen Monath is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Stephen is a music education and performance major. Stephen is a proud member of the Wright State University Percussion Studio and will be performing this November at PASIC (Percussive Arts Society International Convention) in Indianapolis. Stephen is also the Percussion Director at Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City and serves as Principal Percussionist for the Wright State Wind Symphony. During his time at Wright State Stephen has performed at dozens of events and also served on the CoLA Dean’s Student Advisory Board. He is the proud dog dad of a German Shepard named Hanz and enjoys cycling on the bike paths around Dayton.
Josh Hakala is a recipient of the Dayton Power & Light ARTSGALA Scholarship. Josh is a senior vocal performance major at Wright State University. Josh stays busy in the School of Music as a participant in Wright State’s Collegiate Chorale as well as their opera program. A fun fact about Josh is that he lost over 50 pounds this past summer.
Jesse Duncan is a recipient of the Discover Classical 88.1 & 89.9 FM ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jesse is a junior at Wright State University majoring in music, focusing on percussion performance. Jesse participates in a few ensembles at Wright State and also spends his time doing audio and video work in the Dayton area.
Jonathan Jacky is a recipient of the Vectren ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jonathan is in his fourth and final year at Wright State University. In the spring, Jonathan will graduate with his trumpet performance degree and will further his studies in music in graduate school. He is a current member of the Wright State University Chamber Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Trumpet Ensemble. As a trumpet performer, Jonathan advanced as a finalist in Wright State’s annual Honors Recital competition in April 2016 and placed first in Wright State’s Concerto Aria Night competition. Outside of school, Jonathan plays trumpet and keyboard in an Indie/Progressive rock band called the Speaking Suns.
Theatre, Dance, and Motion Pictures
Caitlyn Shiner is a recipient of the Morris Furniture Company ARTSGALA Scholarship. Caitlyn is a sophomore acting major at Wright State University. She is from Beavercreek and has been involved with theatre since she was twelve years old. Caitlyn loves reading, writing, and takes a special interest in poetry. She has studied a lot about social inequality and injustice and hopes to use this theatrical training to pursue theatre as a means for social change and correcting social injustices in the world.
Lauren Everett is a recipient of the Dayton Business Journal ARTSGALA Scholarship. Lauren is from Cincinnati, where she has been involved in theatre since she was seven. She played as Nanette in Wright State’s mainstage production of No, No, Nanette. In the past two years, Lauren has been cast in Peter Pan (Wendy u/s, Jane), The Great Gatsby (Daisy u/s), and The Music Man (Marian u/s, Alma Hix), all Wright State productions. This past summer Lauren performed as Belle in Beauty and the Beast at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio.
Tyree Franklin is a recipient of the Emerson Climate Technologies ARTSGALA Scholarship. Tyree is a stage manager in the Design and Technology program at Wright State University. He is from Cleveland and in 2014 graduated from Cleveland School of the Arts. Outside of school, Tyree enjoys theatre and working on his craft as a stage manager. His hobbies include cooking and playing the tuba.
Ian Ashwell is a recipient of the Gloria and Don Graber ARTSGALA Scholarship. Ian is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting at Wright State University. His extracurricular activities include working as a carpenter at the scene shop for the theatre, designing lights in the Jubilee Directing Lab for shows, and acting in films and web-series for the Motion Pictures program. In his free time, he enjoys writing plays, music, and short stories.
Laura Blaufuss is a recipient of the HORAN ARTSGALA Scholarship. Laura hails from Toledo, Ohio. She studied dance at Toledo School for the Arts and the Toledo Ballet where she was a member of the Corps de Ballet. She is an honors student and currently double majoring in dance and English with an integrated language arts focus. She loves to read and write in her spare time and also enjoys choreographing. Laura has taught ballet and contemporary dance at the Toledo Ballet, and her choreography has been featured in two contemporary productions.
Halle Augenstein is a recipient of the Zoe Dell Nutter ARTSGALA Scholarship. Halle is a junior at Wright State University majoring in dance. Halle has been involved in a number of dance productions as well as a fall play and musical at Wright State. She is a huge music and movie buff, loves the outdoors, and is a lover of dogs, especially Chihuahuas. Halle’s proudest accomplishment is coordinating, running, and teaching a dance intensive at her hometown studio with one of her best friends.
Anna Moore is a recipient of the ThinkTV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Anna is currently a junior at Wright State University majoring in technical theater with a concentration in stage management. Anna is from Cincinnati and started doing theater as a freshman at Anderson High School, where she discovered her love for the technical side of theater. In her free time from theater Anna likes to hike, craft, and read.
Jeremy Farley is a recipient of the Dr. Pam and Malte von Matthiessen ARTSGALA Scholarship. Jeremy is a sophomore majoring in acting at Wright State University. Since birth, Jeremy has been internationally performing as a Mime artist with his parents’ mime company. He plans to integrate his mime training with his acting training here at Wright State in hopes of developing a new type of theatre experience. Jeremy’s passion lies in storytelling and spreading joy, in every way he can.
Sydney Cavanaugh is a recipient of the WHIO-TV ARTSGALA Scholarship. Sydney is a freshman in the stage management program at Wright State University. She attended McAuley High School in Cincinnati and was an active participant in her high school’s theatre program. Sydney is interested in history, theatre, and reading. Something unique about Sydney is she has a pair of socks for every major holiday.
Philip Stock is a recipient of the Sinclair ARTSGALA Scholarship. Philip was born and raised in Dayton and is a graduate of Stivers School for the Arts. The past two years in Wright State’s incredible musical theatre program have been more than he could have ever hoped for. Philip spends all of his time in the Creative Arts Center taking acting, dance, and voice classes with the goal of refining his technique in order to be more successful in the professional world of acting. Philip is learning and growing every day and he absolutely loves it! In his spare time, Philip enjoys curling up with a Harry Potter book and a cup of coffee.
Heather Cagle is a recipient of the Houser Asphalt & Concrete ARTSGALA Scholarship. Heather is a sophomore dance major at Wright State University. She is currently involved in rehearsals for the Emerging Choreographers’ Concert and the Fall Concert and she is helping to choreograph the show, Learning, in the Directing Lab at Wright State. When she is not taking classes, she works two jobs. She is honored to have the opportunity to attend Wright State, where she can work towards her passion and dream of dancing for her entire lifetime.
Thank you to our 2017 ARTSGALA sponsors!
- Barnes & Noble at Wright State University
- Morris Furniture Company
Gold Level Sponsors
- Dayton Business Journal
- Gloria and Don Graber
- Zoe Dell Nutter
- THINK TV
- Dr. Pam and Malte von Matthiessen
- Wright State University Hospitality Services provided by Chartwells
Silver Level Sponsors
- Dayton Daily News
- Dayton Power & Light Company
- Discover Classical 88.1 & 89.9 FM
- Heidelberg Distributing Company
- Prime Time Party Rental
- Sinclair College
- Synchrony Financial
- Wright-Patt Credit Union
Bronze Level Sponsors
- AM 1290 News 95.7 WHIO
- AM Management Inc.
- Boonshoft School of Medicine
- Butt Construction Co., Inc.
- Citizens for Turner
- Elizabeth Diamond Company
- Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
- Glass by James Michael & Company
- Heapy Engineering
- Hightowers Petroleum Co.
- Kettering Health Network
- Shumsky and Boost Rewards
- David and Nancy Smith
- The Soin Family
- WesBanco Bank, Inc.
- WYSO Public Radio