Carmel Valley student selected for prestigious program


Canyon Crest Academy student Meagan Wu, 17, was awarded a full-tuition, room and board scholarship to attend the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation 2013 Summer Seminar Program. She is one of 60 high school juniors chosen nationwide to take part in the two-week program held at the Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The camp is a scholarship program available nationally to artistically gifted high school juniors in public and private schools. It is designed as an art institute offering an intensive visual art studio program that allows each student to gain a stronger foundation of skills and understanding in the visual arts through experiencing college-level drawing and painting classes in a natural setting. Notable artists-in-residence serve as the primary instructors. Trips are planned to draw, paint, and hike in the mountains at the Colorado College Baca campus. A jury of artists in a highly selective process chose the 60 participants from CDs of original work, a written recommendation from a high school art teacher, and personal statement.

Meagan has been serious about studying and producing works of art since preschool, while simultaneously growing as an exceptional musician on the cello. Besides her music awards, she has won multiple art awards including the National Youth Art Competition, California State PTA, San Diego County Fair Youth Art Show, California Region of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and has had her artwork displayed in the San Diego Art Institute Museum of the Living Artist for three years. Meagan’s artwork consists of work she created in her AP Drawing class, free time, and Envision Visual Arts (EVA) Conservatory program at Canyon Crest Academy under the guidance of Jessica Matthes, who says, “Meagan has been one of our star students in EVA day classes and in Conservatory. She has an extremely high level of skill and creativity and especially excels at painting. I have been lucky enough to have Meagan in several of my classes and she always goes above and beyond in every project.”

Meagan especially enjoys drawing human figures, and is inspired by the music she listens to. She focuses on hyperrealism, and some work shows her profound interest in the subject of history.

“I always feel content and focused when I pick up a pencil or paintbrush. Art naturally encourages me to observe what lies beyond a superficial expression or subjective experience, and allows me to give it my own story, which is just as exciting as viewing the finished piece.”

Meagan said she is delighted to collaborate with young artists from across the country while enriching her own abilities as an artist. She is greatly looking forward to this summer. Not only will she be attending the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation Summer Seminar and expanding her art portfolio, but she will be able to share her passion for music as a cellist with both local and international musicians in San Diego, and Germany. She currently holds a leadership position in the San Diego Youth Symphony (SDYS) Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia, and is in an active piano trio. Having performed as a soloist in Carnegie Hall, NY, received scholarship awards, and won concerto competitions, Meagan feels that she been able to fulfill her love of music and art in many ways, and hopes to continue to do so in the future.