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Moffett awarded SFA's Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship

June 3, 2016 - Robbie Goodrich
SFA sophomore Jacob Moffett of Cypress, this year's recipient of the Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship for 2016, is pictured with Linda Mock, chairwoman of the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts Scholarship Committee, and Jean Stephens, president of the FVA.
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art has announced that sophomore photography student Jacob Moffett of Cypress is this year's recipient of the Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship, which was established and funded by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

Elaine Bezold, visiting assistant professor of art in photography and digital media at SFA, recommended Moffett for the award.

"Jacob is a highly motivated and gifted student," Bezold wrote in her nomination letter. "It is my first semester having Jacob in my Intro to Photographic Processes class, and I already look forward to his presence in future classes of mine."

Moffett came to SFA with a fairly extensive knowledge of photography, but he continues to absorb the subject matter in class enthusiastically, Bezold said.

"He readily accepts and gives constructive comments in critique," she said. "Jacob would be an excellent candidate for receiving a scholarship."

The Kinsell scholarship was established to support the educational goals of students currently enrolled in the SFA School of Art by providing financial assistance to outstanding students in the visual arts program, and to honor Kinsell as a teacher, as an ardent supporter of the arts in our community, and as a huge supporter of the FVA and its fundraising activities.

An art professor at SFA for 25 years before retiring in 2013, Kinsell taught courses in painting, drawing, figure drawing and advertising design. The Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate or graduate level art student with painting or photography as his or her major study area, according to the criteria developed by Kinsell.

The SFA Friends of the Visual Arts is made up of community members who support the arts in East Texas and provide monetary assistance to students enrolling in the School of Art by conducting fundraisers, such as the upcoming annual 12X12 event in July.