Ms Gray wins Deutsche scholarship

Caymanian student Ms Anne-Marie Gray will benefit from Deutsche Bank National Gallery of the Cayman Islands Visual Arts Scholarship for 2008 as she starts on a four year Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. After completing her Bachelors, Anne-Marie then plans to further her studies by undertaking a Masters in Art Therapy and then return to the Cayman Islands to practice.

Her impressive academic qualifications together with strong portfolio content and enthusiastic commitment to the visual arts were key contributors to Anne-Marie’s success. She obtained her

A-Levels from the St. Ignatius High School under the art tutelage of Ms Bernadette Devlin and is now coming to the end of a year-long Internship at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands.

It is the second year that the Visual Arts scholarship has been awarded through the partnership between Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Limited and the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands. As part of the partnership, a four-year scholarship, worth up to US$20,000 a year, is awarded on an annual basis to assist local students wishing to pursue an education in the visual arts overseas. It is intended that, through the graduates who are awarded the scholarship, the visual arts will continue to develop in the Islands once they return from studying abroad.

Janet Hislop, chief country officer, Deutsche Bank (Cayman) Limited, commented: ‘I am delighted that Anne-Marie has been selected to benefit from our partnership with the National Gallery. The scholarship demonstrates our commitment to supporting the visual arts in Cayman and particularly to offering opportunities to talented local students, such as Anne-Marie. It is particularly significant as this year Deutsche Bank celebrates its 25th anniversary of being in the Cayman Islands. I am looking forward to following Anne-Marie’s progress as she develops her skills throughout her further studies.’

The National Gallery offers an average of eight local and international art exhibitions per year, in addition to numerous programmes, artist workshops, lectures and annual events. It continues to focus on the development and success of artists in the Cayman Islands.

Nancy Barnard, director of the National Gallery, added: ‘The National Gallery has partnered with Deutsche Bank for the past four years through the Deutsche Bank National Internship and we are grateful for their strengthened support in offering this scholarship for the second year running. We received a very high standard of applications again this year. The panel was particularly impressed with Anne-Marie’s portfolio and the incredible amount of enthusiasm she displays in her work. I am confident that when she completes her studies and returns to the Cayman Islands she will be a strong supporter and contributor to the visual arts here.’

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