This spring, Head of School Mark A. Devey announced the establishment of the The Dr. Edward M. Friedman '08 and Carole J. Friedman Perkiomen School Scholarship Fund at Maine College of Art & Design (MECA&D). The very generous scholarship fund will annually provide two full residential scholarships that include tuition, room, and board for students of Perkiomen School to attend MECA&D’s Pre-College Program.
A selection committee at Perkiomen will choose two students per year, who are in good standing, who are interested in pursuing an arts education, and have expressed strong interest to attend, to represent Perkiomen at MECA&D.
For 2022, Kelsey McMillin '24 and Jordyn Schlank '24 have been selected to receive The Dr. Edward M. Friedman '08 and Carole J. Friedman Perkiomen School Scholarship.
Throughout his adult life, Dr. Edward Friedman, a member of Perkiomen's Class of 1961, has always worked with his hands. For more than 20 years he was a vascular surgeon, as well as performed research of cutting-edge medical technologies and procedures. For the last 20-something years, he created sculptures and designed his own homes. Now, he is sharing his interests with the next generation at Perkiomen as he gifts two full residential scholarships to the Pre-College Program at MECA&D.
MECA&D’s Pre-College program is a rigorous three-week program designed to give high school students the opportunity to discover their future as an art student. Pre-College offers a real taste of life and education in a nationally known professional college of visual arts, as well as the opportunity to develop a portfolio, earn college credit, and meet other artists.
The program is open to students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school between 15 and 18 years of age. Students may select two majors. The 2022 residential majors include animation, comics and graphic novels, painting, printmaking, ceramics, fashion and textile design, black-and-white darkroom photography, and metals and jewelry. Students also take a Figure Drawing class to support their chosen majors and improve their technical skills.
To help promote the scholarship and for students to learn more about Maine College of Art & Design, faculty member Bennett Morris, pictured below with Mark A. Devey, visited campus in April to teach two printmaking classes in the morning and a master class in the afternoon.
Bennett Morris is a multidisciplinary artist and teacher. He has worked as a master printer, creating editions by a variety of contemporary artists. His own work is informed by the effects of our technological pursuits in relation to surveillance, romanticism, and ideas of ruin, which he expresses through a variety of media.
Congratulations to Kelsey and Jordyn and thank you to Edward M. Friedman '61 and Carole Friedman. We invite you to read more about Edward and Carole's gift in the upcoming 2022 Perkiomen Summer Magazine, hitting mailboxes in late July.