A former board president of Sawtooth School has established the Sawtooth School for Visual Art Faculty Endowment Fund at Penland School of Crafts. The fund will provide an annual scholarship for a member of the Sawtooth teaching faculty to attend a 2-week summer workshop at Penland, the internationally renowned center for craft education located in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Penland’s focus on excellence, its long history, and its inspiring, retreat setting have made it a model of experiential education. Each year approximately 1200 people go to Penland for instruction and another 14,000 pass through as visitors. Students live on campus while they study there, allowing them to learn by total immersion.
Sara Sloan Stine has been named the recipient of the inaugural scholarship to attend Penland in summer of 2016. Stine, coordinator for the metals and glass programs, joined Sawtooth in 1987. In addition to her administrative duties at the School, she teaches jewelry fabrication, precious metal clay and other special topic workshops. She received a BFA from Iowa State University in Ames, IA and is also a certified PMC instructor.
“This is a perfect marriage between two visual arts organizations that share a common thread with a donor,” said Sawtooth’s Executive Director JoAnne Vernon. “Penland truly is a creative mecca for artists and craftsmen from around the world, and our program coordinators and instructors are thrilled about the opportunity to study in this immersive, creative environment,” she added. Vernon feels that the entire Winston-Salem arts community will benefit from this opportunity as scholarship recipients share newly-learned techniques and creative processes with other Sawtooth instructors and students. “We are so grateful to our former board president and friend for this generous and forward-looking gift,” Vernon said.