The Eric L. Porter Scholarship is for artists who lack the financial means, workspace, and equipment to explore, realize and further expand their art practice by providing a material stipend of up to $500.00 and a 6-month Full Access membership to Art Gym. Artist mentoring and critiques will be part of this award and scholarship. Every January, the resident artists will have an exhibit showcasing the worked produced during the residency the previous year as well as other programming throughout the recipient’s time at Art Gym.
Eric Porter and his wife Ingrid were two of the first members at Art Gym, joining the community in 2015. It was a privilege for other Art Gym members and staff to experience Eric’s immense talent, constant smile, and passion for art, while his contemplative drawings always left viewers in a state of quiet reflection.
To honor Eric’s passing from complications of a bone marrow transplant for leukemia, Art Gym has set up The Eric Porter Memorial Scholarship Fund for friends, family or anyone who wants to support local artists to donate to this fund. The scholarship will provide artists the opportunity to explore their talent with the same joy and passion that Eric imbued into his work.