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The Utah Watercolor Society Mary Straight Scholarship Fund


Our dear Mary Jane Wright Straight passed away on November 20, 2012 surrounded by her children and their spouses. Mary was born to Clark and Elizabeth Wright in Price, Utah, on December 22, 1930. The third of four children, Mary grew up in Morgan, Utah, and graduated from Morgan High. After a time working for the California Dairy Council and Port of San Diego, she returned and completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Utah.

All those around her felt Mary’s love and creative gifts. She continued her work as an educator, taking an active role in her children’s schools and substitute teaching in the Salt Lake School District. She volunteered for decades as a Judge of Election. 

In the tradition of her father, Clark Wright, Mary was a passionate artist and teacher. As a painter, Mary worked with a variety of media to capture the people and places that she loved best. Many of her happiest memories and most inspired works were connected to the landscapes of Utah and the California coast. She was an active member of the Utah Watercolor Society and the Intermountain Society of Artists.

The Utah Watercolor Society is naming the Scholarship it gives each year at the annual Springville High School art show in Mary’s honor.  A good way to remember Mary’s legacy is to contribute to the scholarship fund.

If you would like to donate to the UWS Mary Straight Scholarship Fund, click the button below.

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UWS Mary Straight Scholarship 2018  Awardees

UWS Winner:  Nicole Brooks “Wuffo or Bounce”
2018 UWS Winner_Nicole Brooks_Wuffo or Bounce
UWS-CVC Winner:  Serenity Burray “Halt”
2018 UWS-CVC Winner_Serenity Burray_Halt

UWS Mary Straight Scholarship
2017  Awardee

February 4th at 11AM
Award and portfolio presentation
All invited!
Springville Museum of Art
126 E 400 S, Springville, UT 84663
Phone: (801) 489-2727

Danielle Dayley Old Time BluesDanielle Dayley of Sky View HIgh School for  Old Time Blues 

Anna King RefineryAnna King of Woods Cross High School  for Refinery

UWS Mary Straight Scholarship
2016  Awardee

Beatrice Hurd, Through the Ages

Congratulations to Beatrice Hurd from West High School and Bailey Lowe from Skyview High School, this year’s recipients of the UWS HS Scholarship award at the Springville Utah High School Art Show! More information . . .

UWS Mary Straight Scholarship
2015  Awardees

Congratulations to both these outstanding young artists!

Reminder, portfolio donations due Tuesday evening, Feb 3 at UWS Monthly Members Meeting.

Awards Ceremony
Springville Art Museum
Saturday, February 7 at 10 am

All Welcome! 

White Teacup
White Teacup, watercolor, by Rylee Cracroft
Skyview HS, Cache Valley

Following the Golden Thread

Follow the Golden Thread, mixed media, by Keira Stewart
Copper Hills HS, West Jordan

UWS Mary Straight Scholarship
2014  Awardees

On Jan 28, Tom Howard, Kristi Grussendorf and Maura Naughton traveled to Springville Museum of Art to select this year’s Mary Straight Scholarship winners.  This was the toughest year ever as there were many fine watercolor paintings to select from.

Congratulations to our outstanding young artists selected this year!

Ciera White – Skyview High School – Cache Valley
for ABC Wall

Chris McConkie – West High School – Salt Lake City
for Guidance

It’s time to gather your unused/unwanted art materials for the portfolios we give with the cash award.  I think the word is getting around about the UWS scholarship awards and the portfolios that our winners have proudly brandished at the awards ceremony as the number of water media paintings submitted seems to be increasing!  Thanks to all our members for their contributions.

Chris McConkie GuidanceGuidance by Chris McConkie
Announcing Our 2013
Awardees for Our
UWS Mary Straight Scholarship

Mary Alice Abrams of Olympus High School for her winning painting, “Grapes”

Cache Valley recipient, Hailee Cononico of Weber High School for her work, “Fish Girl”.
Congratulations to both awardees for their excellent watercolor paintings! These students received their awards at the Springville All State High School Show awards reception on March 16 at the Springville Museum of Art in Springville, Utah.
Thanks to all the UWS members out there who have contributed to the Mary Straight Scholarship fund.  She would be very pleased to see this year’s awardees.  We continue to build the UWS Scholarship fund and there is still time to give.
GrapesGrapes by Mary Alice Robbins
Fish GirlFish Girly by Hailee Cononico