Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship

The Art Academy of Cincinnati is pleased to announce Nytaya Babbitt, Lura Bentley, and Krista Sheneman as the recipients of the 2021 Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Award, one of the most coveted awards given to graduating seniors.

Each of the applicants for the Wilder Traveling Award has demonstrated exceptional creativity and dedication to their education. As a group, these students exemplify the finest qualities of the artists, designers and writers of the class of 2021. This year’s competition was particularly strong and the decision difficult.

About Wilder Traveling Scholarship

The Stephen H. Wilder Traveling Scholarship was first awarded in 1947.
In 1941 Edith Carson Wilder endowed the scholarship in memory of her husband. In turn, it was specified the scholarship be given to deserving students for travel.

Funds serve as a travel stipend for special research in fine art or design in the United States or abroad. Each applicant must submit a proposal that includes a budget, itinerary, senior thesis, and portfolio. In addition, students must submit a description of how the experience will benefit their artistic goals.

Full-time faculty members, the Academic Dean, and the President vote to select the winners of this award.

A painting by Nytaya Babbit
A photo of work by Lura Bently
A photo of Krista Sheneman work. A ceramic tissue box. The tissue coming out of the box with different places listed on the tissue.
Nytaya Babbit
Lura Bentley
Krista Sheneman

Artist Short Proposal Description 

Nytaya will travel to Chicago to immerse themselves within the museums and talk to local activist organizations to better inform their art-making.

Lura will attend a fifteen-day textile workshop at the Penland School of Craft. I’ll focus on the techniques of creating sustainable materials to become a more environmentally friendly artist.

Krista will walk from her home in Cincinnati to her childhood home in Memphis, TN. This walk will allow them to investigate the concept of home through identity and collection.