Erin Ward named first Ethel S. Brody Scholar in Art Education
Generous donations in 2015 to the School of Visual Art and Design from the estate of Ethel Sobel Brody and the Ethel S. Brody Charitable Foundation have created the Ethel S. Brody Scholars Program Endowment. Each year a rising junior Art Education major “who has shown unusual promise and commitment to art and teaching” will receive a junior-year scholarship that is renewable for the senior year. In addition, the Brody Foundation has endowed a scholarship for this student to study at the Penland School of Crafts, in Bakersville, N.C., during the summer between the junior and senior years. Erin Ward, a junior from Spartanburg, has been selected as the first recipient of this prestigious scholarship. Erin will graduate in May 2017 and plans to teach elementary school, and one day perhaps pursue a further degree in Art Therapy. She looks forward to her study at Penland in summer 2016, in the areas of textiles and/or large-scale sculptural papermaking.
Ethel S. Brody studied printmaking from 1965 to 1969 at the University of South Carolina with Boyd Saunders and earned a B.A. in Art Education. She was instrumental in increasing the art infrastructure in the Midlands and exhibited her artwork throughout the country. In 2013 she was awarded SouthCarolina’s Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts.