Eric Fischl ’68, contemporary American painter, sculptor, author, and philanthropist, spent time critiquing Phoenix College students’ artwork as part of the annual Eric Fischl Lecture Series.
Each year, Fischl returns to Phoenix with a guest artist to host a lecture, student art exhibition, and Vanguard Awards at the Phoenix Art Museum.
During the critique, Fischl offered students insight into the creative process, spending time with each student artist discussing methodology, technique, and motivation behind their work.
“Art instruction is a vocational process that hopefully facilitates discovery – leading to a broadening and widening of expression and skill” – Eric Fischl
Having a noted artist evaluate their creations is an invaluable gift to Phoenix College students hoping to become professional artists. Series guest artist Jose Lerma also spent time critiquing students’ work.
Later that week at the Fischl Lecture Series, three students were recognized as Vanguard Award winners, as best-in-show among work submitted to the student art competition.
2018 Vanguard Award winners:
As a part of the Series, the Vanguard Award winners and nine student artists in three categories (photography, 3-Dimensional, and 2-Dimensional art), displayed their work in the Great Hall at the Phoenix Art Museum.
First Place – Joseph Medina
Second Place – Alexandria Sosa
Third Place – Jonathan Shalley
First Place – Christopher Ziems
Second Place – Amy Manning
Third Place – Paul Elliott
First Place – Sofia Anzadlua
Second Place – Najlaa Ahmed
Third Place – Linda Fitzgerald
The Future of Art Scholarship
To help shape the future of art in Phoenix and beyond, Eric Fischl and Fischl Program supporter Dan Withers created a scholarship for students wishing to pursue an Associate of Fine Arts degree at Phoenix College. Applications for the 2018-19 Fischl Scholars Program are now being accepted.
The scholarship provides financial assistance for tuition, books and art supplies (up to $3,000 per year). Students are provided a faculty mentor and have the opportunity to participate in the annual art critique with Fischl and guest artist.