Carmel Arts Council Announces Visual Arts Winners

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This year’s Carmel Arts Council Visual Arts Scholarship winners have been named and are on display at the Children’s Gallery in Downtown Carmel, 40 W. Main St.

The artists, Sage Mehta and Chloe Sun, will be available for questions about their work at Meet the Artists on June 11, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Mehta and Sun’s work will continue to be exhibited after the Meet the Artists event. Gallery hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Sundays, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Mehta, who received a $2,000 scholarship, took art classes at Carmel High School for all four years and continued to work independently on her skills and style. “Throughout my art, I have a mixed purpose to create visual interest and communicate messages. Most of my ideas come from a very personal place where I represent intrinsic configurations that come to mind and aim to render these concepts in a way that can display impact,” Mehta says of his work.

Mehta will attend the University of Pennsylvania.

Sun, the recipient of the $3,000 scholarship, is a recent graduate of Carmel High School. Sun seeks to prioritize the stories of people of color in her work, as well as those from marginalized communities. Sun was told that as a baby, when presented with symbolic objects in Chinese tradition to predict a child’s career, she “grabs the brush – the artist’s object.” She pursued her artistic passions in school and as her artistic passions increased, she became interested in design and how art influences design. His art is also his message. Sun explains in her artist statement, “A paintbrush may have been where my inspiration began, but it has become so much more than that – my existence as a Chinese-American female color visionary is a form of protest, my work is an extension of that.”

Sun will attend Carnegie Mellon University.

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