Wesley Jefferies Named Second 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. Wesley Jefferies will receive the junior year award in 2016-17, joining senior Erin Ward as a Brody Scholar. Wesley is from Greenville and graduated from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. She feels fortunate enough to have benefitted from great art programs, and wants to be a teacher who can make the same positive impact on her own students. In her own studio practice, she focuses on cut paper illustrations and bookbinding. With cut paper, she loves the simplicity and the unforgiving nature of the material.
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 South Carolina’s Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts.