The 2023 Lund Scholars

Get to know the 11 outstanding students in Fresno State Art, Graphic Design and Art History programs who have been awarded the 2023 Edward O. Lund scholarship. Their disciplines and interests include art history, art education, graphic design, painting, photography – even the fine art of armory. This winter, they’ll travel to London with professors Luis Gordo Peláez and Nick Potter as part of the College of Arts & Humanities 2024 Study Abroad Experience: Art History, Architecture and Artistic Exchange in Tudor, Stuart and Georgian Britain. They mark our largest group of scholarship recipients to date.

Ayde Aguilar

Ayde Aguilar

Art

“I want to concentrate on being an artist but, through difficult challenges while growing up, I’ve found a passion for being an art teacher, so that I can instruct and encourage others who are unsure about choosing art as a career, and provide them with the means to express their emotions, self-identity and artistic value through drawing. … Learning about London will help me create experiences that I can share.”

Stellin Brown

Stellin Brown

Art

“Whenever my friends and I were given the chance, we traveled all over California taking photos at every stop. To this day whenever the opportunity presents itself and friends call to tell me there is room in one of their cars, I jump at the chance to travel somewhere new. … This [scholarship] will provide me with the resources to advance my skills and to do something new … to use my camera to translate what I see into something amazing.”

Vivian Delacruz

Vivian Delacruz

Art

“Walking around a town that is so small that you’d think nothing could catch your eye, surprisingly, has many what I like to call ‘eye gems’. I found beauty in the moss, bricks that’d come off of the houses … the old cowboy men that would play cards in the park. … I am blessed that, with my eyes, I can witness ‘eye gems’ wherever I am, and through my hands I can emote by molding or drawing something about the feelings existence alone provokes.”

Valerie Henshaw

Valerie Henshaw

Art

“[An artist] helped remind me that anyone can get better with more practice and I changed my outlook. Instead of not being good enough, I will simply work harder and have my skills prove themselves. … One thing that I have struggled with is being more creative. I asked [another artist] for advice and he said, travel and take inspiration from the world. … This is such a great opportunity for me because I have never traveled out of the country before.”

Evelyn Melendez

Evelyn Melendez

Graphic Design

“My family and art history courses have granted me a foundational passion for the arts, and grand appreciation for viewing media through a different lens. Studying abroad is a momentous chance to explore the world with the appreciative eye of family roots and a higher knowledge of formal analysis and iconographic works. … The Lund Scholarship opportunity to study abroad will grant me chances to feel like my own person, following my passion in the arts.”

Grace Morrow

Grace Morrow

Art History

“This scholarship will be a transformative experience for me. … Art is meant to convey meaning—its symbols transcend through time and are appreciated through the love and labor of the artists. Being able to experience this and be up close with the skill and genius of the artist, not to mention walking in some of the artists’ footsteps, is one I hope to do in London. … my goal is to enrich the lives of people around me.”

Haley Snyder

Haley Snyder

Art History

“My inability to settle down in a ‘primary’ area of study for long is what has drawn me to pursue art history; I’m never stepping into the same river twice. … As someone who aspires to museum and archival work, I greatly look forward to visiting the British Museum. … The things I can learn from visiting such a massive institution are innumerable. Bringing back that knowledge as I pursue my degree and archival studies will significantly enrich my point of view.”

Nagisa Takayama

Nagisa Takayama

Graphic Design

“I am an international student from Japan to the United States, so I know why studying abroad is very worthwhile. … It is very difficult to create [a design] from nothing. However, for me, the different cultural environment and conversations with classmates are the opportunity for creating, and it is a new influence. First time experiences will change my conventional stereotypes and my way of thinking.”

Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner

Art/Sculpture (Graduate Program)

“To learn abroad in the birthplace of chivalry and walk amongst the artistic metal shells that protected history’s most famous kings and military minds will be a dream. To witness the landscapes they reigned over and protected… might be the next step in understanding my fascination with the intricacies of the ‘armor’ we put up as humans in a more-modern world.”

Yajaira Velasco

Yajaira Velasco

Graphic Design

“I recognize that not everyone around me will understand my passion for my career and that’s okay. I’ve learned that success is not measured in the knowledge you have or your degree choice, but rather … doing something that gives you purpose and makes you feel most alive. … Knowing opportunities like this [study abroad] are one-of-a-kind, I have an open mind and heart to allow this experience only to add to my immense passion and love for art.”

Sydni Weller

Sydni Weller

Graphic Design & Ceramics

“Some of the most famous street art murals and installations in the world, like Banksy’s ‘Girl with Balloon’ and David Hockney’s ‘A Bigger Splash,’ can be found in London. These works have served as an inspiration to designers and artists all over the world. It goes without saying that seeing these pieces up close will enlighten and inspire my own creative work. … The chance to visit this magnificent city in person will be a dream come true.”

The 2023 Lund Scholars

by | Dec 4, 2023 | Forever Lund Scholars, London Program, Lund Scholarship, Uncategorized

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