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Cooke Conversations: 5 Questions with Sascha Hughes-Caley

Posted by Amber Styles on Mar 1, 2016 4:58:42 PM

We're continuing our series of alumni profiles by interviewing Cooke Scholars from across our scholarship programs. We hope to inspire current and future Cooke Scholars by highlighting the incredible range of personalities, ambitions, and accomplishments of this talented group!

Hi! I’m Sascha Hughes-Caley, recipient of the Cooke Graduate Arts Award (2013). I recently received my MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to graduate study, I studied acting at Vancouver Film School in Vancouver, BC and earned a BA at the University of Colorado, Boulder – double majoring in art history and studio art. I now work as an artist and live in Philadelphia. You can see some of my work at
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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Arts, Graduate Arts Award, Cooke Conversations

Queens College Profiles JKCF Graduate Arts Scholar Jin-Xiang Yu

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jan 28, 2015 3:36:00 PM

Queens College Alumna Jin-Xiang "JX" Yu

Queens College, New York

JIN-XIANG "JX" YU ’14 is already a soprano of note. After only three years of classical training at the Aaron Copland School of Music, she gained admission to the Yale School of Music’s opera department, a program so exclusive that it accepted just six singers this year, giving all of them full scholarships. She also won a 2014 Graduate Arts Award from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation; recipients are eligible for as much as $50,000 a year for up to three years, to cover tuition or living expenses.

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Topics: Arts, Graduate Arts Award, alumni, JKCF in the News

NuPenny’s Last Stand: A Q&A with Randy Regier

Posted by Jenn Bates on Aug 12, 2014 9:49:00 AM

2005 Graduate Scholar Randy Regier will be featured in the “State of The Art: Discovering American Art Now” show at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. We asked Randy a few questions about his career as an artist, his inspiration for NuPenny, and what he has been working on recently.


What scholarship program were you a part of/what year? 

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Arts, Graduate Arts Award, Graduate Scholar, Scholar accomplishment

Graduate Arts Scholar Wins International Sculpture Center Award

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jul 30, 2014 2:26:44 PM

Graduate Arts Scholar Scotty Menesini was recently selected as one of 22 recipients of the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award by the International Sculpture Center (ISC).

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Topics: Scholar Spotlight, Arts, Graduate Arts Award

JKCF Announces 2014 Graduate Arts Awards Recipients

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Jun 23, 2014 11:02:00 AM

LANSDOWNE, VA – The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is pleased to announce the 20 up-and-coming artists receiving the 2014 Graduate Arts Awards. The leading graduate scholarship in the nation for the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing, the Graduate Arts Award provides up to $50,000 per year for up to three years for exceptional students with financial need to study at an accredited graduate institution in the U.S. or abroad.

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Topics: Scholars, Media Release, Arts, Graduate Arts Award

Scholar Spotlight: NYU Symphony Performs JKCF Scholar’s Composition

Posted by Anthony Baracat on Mar 14, 2014 10:24:00 AM

It’s an honor every composer dreams of: hearing your own work performed by an orchestra. For 2012 Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Scholar Nell Shaw Cohen, the dream became reality earlier this month as the New York University Symphony performed Cohen’s orchestral composition, an art-inspired tone poem titled "Point Reyes from Chimney Rock." Cohen complemented her NYU Master of Music studies by becoming one of three composers-in-residence for this year’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development program, and hearing her work performed by NYU's orchestra is the primary benefit.

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Topics: Scholar News, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, Jack Kent Cooke, Arts, Graduate Arts Award, Graduate Scholar, Scholar accomplishment

Study: Music Strengthens the Brain

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Jan 19, 2014 11:00:00 AM

What made Jack Kent Cooke destined for greatness? Whittling that down to one answer may be a fool’s errand, but history suggests that music—an abiding love of Mr. Cooke’s—set forth at least one bridge to success. And now science may suggest the same.

In this article, Education Week highlights the findings of multiple studies that suggest music training and performance strengthens a student’s cognitive development, especially in the areas of creativity, decision-making, and complex memory.

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Topics: Young Scholars, Arts, Graduate Arts Award, research, grants, From the Top, Young Artist Award, Widening the Stage, musicians

Share the News about the JKCF Graduate Arts Award

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Nov 6, 2013 10:57:00 AM

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Topics: Scholarship, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, JKCF, application, Scholarship Announcement, Video, Arts, Graduate Arts Award

Advice for Art Students Deciding on What's Next

Posted by Heather Reams on Nov 1, 2013 11:41:00 AM

We found a compelling blog post for young artists on the Huffington Post.  Turns out that blogger, Clara Lieu, writes weekly for the Huff Post and is a visual artist, author and adjunct professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. Clara is on Twitter and makes her email available at the end of the article below. 

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Topics: Scholarship, Tips, low income, Arts, Graduate Arts Award

Media Release: JKCF Graduate Arts Award Application Now Open for Promising Artists with Financial Need

Posted by Elizabeth Davidson on Oct 2, 2013 10:56:00 AM

Lansdowne, VA – Today the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation announces the opening of its Graduate Arts Award application. The Graduate Arts Award recognizes and rewards America’s up-and-coming artists from lower-income backgrounds with up to $50,000 per year for up to three years to attend an accredited graduate institution in the U.S. or abroad.

“By offering one of the most generous graduate scholarships in the fine arts,  performing arts, and creative writing, we hope to foster the development of exceptional artists and writers from lower-income backgrounds,” said Emily Froimson, vice president of programs at the Foundation.

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Topics: JKCF, application, Scholarship Announcement, Media Release, Arts, Graduate Arts Award

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