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2021 Scholarship Mentors & Motivators


Enid studied fine art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Yale University and Claremont Graduate University.  She is Professor of Cinematic Arts and Environmental Studies at California State University Monterey Bay. Her works have exhibited internationally and has been written about in The New York Times, Artforum, Artreviews, The Los Angeles Times, and others. She has won awards for her work as an artist and arts educator incorporating science and history into creative practice.


Diana is an artist and educator born and raised in New York. She received her MFA in Drawing from the New York Academy of Art and her BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design.  Diana has shown in exhibitions across the country and internationally, curated several group exhibitions, and is a contributing art writer for The Blue Review and PaintGuide Magazine.  Diana currently teaches drawing and watercolor at the College of San Mateo.

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Linda is an artist, writer, and teacher who recently returned home to Marina after studying and working in the midwest and Los Angeles. Her work ranges from digital to "traditional" mediums. It is often autobiographical, humorous, crafty, colorful and performative. She’s exhibited in LA, Brooklyn, Kansas City, Ohio, San Francisco, and the Monterey Bay area. Her art and writings have been featured in the Monterey County Weekly, the L.A. Weekly, Purple Diary, Vice, Paper Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times.

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Paul is an internationally recognized visual artist and activist whose career has included exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States as well as publication in numerous art journals and anthologies. He is co-founder of the You Will Rise Project and the new “Art Makes Us” program launched in 2020.


Nina's work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, as well as in museums and art fairs. In the ’90s, her work was shown extensively in West Berlin, Germany. She studied art at the University of Southern Mississippi, attending master classes with Elaine de Kooning, and was one of thirty-two undergraduates chosen nationwide to study abroad in Cortona, Italy, with the University of Georgia. Professionally, Nina ran two graphic design studios in Monterey, California, and Annapolis, Maryland, where her work received many awards.

Kim is an abstract expressionist artist. Organic materials, the cycles and changes of the earth, and the elements that connect us as humans is what inspires her. 

She works on an intuitive level, vibrations, and deep in the unconscious is where she is most comfortable. Her hope is to inspire the viewer to question, to allow new perspective just as the creative process acts to define her.

Terese is a non representational artist and writer. She was born in 1963 in Hollywood, Ca. She holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She later attended Otis Parsons School of Art and Design, Los Angeles.  Her art is nationally collected and exhibited. Her poetry has been published and she continues to write manuscripts.

Margaret lives and makes art in her home studio in Scotts Valley. Her paintings, prints and drawings focus on themes of the natural world of the Monterey Bay Area. Margaret has a long and deep history as an art educator including  twenty-three years at Monterey Peninsula College where she teaches painting, drawing, watercolor, 2D design and color design. She is a Santa Cruz County arts commissioner, a member of the California Society of Printmakers and Printmakers at the Tannery.

Denese is a visual artist, educator, community builder, activist, and the award-winning founder of Open Ground Studios. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and studied at Atelier 17 in Paris after receiving her BFA in printmaking from UW-Madison. She has recently moved fully into oil painting as her medium of choice. Her portraiture work aims to reveal the subject's authenticity, vulnerability, and courage.

Elizabeth Murray

Artist, Author, Educator

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