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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

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

UWS Mary Straight Scholarship 2017

Danielle Dayley of Sky View HIgh School for  Old Time Blues 

Anna King of Woods Cross High School  for Refinery

UWS Mary Straight Scholarship 2016

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Through the Ages by Beatrice Hurd

Congratulations to Beatrice Hurd from West High School (UWS Winner) and Bailey Lowe from Skyview High School (UWS-CVC Winner), this year’s recipients of the UWS HS Scholarship award at the Springville Utah High School Art Show

UWS Mary Straight Scholarship 2015


Congratulations to both these outstanding young artists!

White Teacup, watercolor, by Rylee Cracroft
Skyview HS, (UWS-CVC Winner)

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Follow the Golden Thread, mixed media, by Keira Stewart

Copper Hills HS, West Jordan (UWS Winner)
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UWS Mary Straight Scholarship 2014

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!

“ABC Wall” by Ciera White – Skyview High School (UWS-CVC Winner)

“Guidance” by Chris McConkie – West High School – Salt Lake City (UWS Winner)

UWS Mary Straight Scholarship 2013

“Grapes” by Mary Alice Abrams of Olympus High School (UWS Winner)

“Fish Girl” by Hailee Cononico of Weber High School (UWS-CVC Winner)

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.