Randi Davis

Randi Davis

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art has announced that junior art student Randi Davis of Henderson is this year's recipient of the Robert Kinsell Art Scholarship, which was established and funded by the SFA Friends of the Visual Arts.

The 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 a junior, senior or graduate level art student with painting or photography as his or her major study area, according to the criteria developed by Kinsell.

In recommending her student for the award, art instructor Johanna Warwick wrote Davis "is an incredibly hardworking and dedicated student. She pursues her projects endlessly with the greatest amount of determination. She has high expectations of herself, and of her peers around her - making her a strong role model in the classroom. She has spent this past semester photographing her family and a young girl named KK. These photographs are technically well made and have a stillness and sad beauty that make them continually fascinating to look at."

Davis is a transfer student from Kilgore College and has been photographing for the past five years.

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 12 x 12 event in July.