Hawai‘i-based artists interested in developing their practice further should consider the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Scholarship, which covers tuition to summer programs at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine and the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.
Laila Twigg-Smith was a well-known art collector, patron of artists and museums, art-world personality, artist, and visionary. She was a founder of The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, now the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House.

The Laila Twigg-Smith Art Scholarship was established by the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund (LAF) Advisory Committee of the Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) to support Hawai‘i-based artists in study that furthers their artistic development and offers them exposure to new ideas, influences and opportunities.

The program provides scholarships for visual artists to attend the 2015 summer programs at either:
• Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (Deer Isle, Maine) or
• Penland School of Crafts (Bakersville, North Carolina) (Pictured above is the Penland printmaking studio)

The scholarship—up to a maximum of $2,250 per individual—is intended to be used for tuition and fees; housing and meals during the program; and travel.  A maximum of two (2) scholarships will be awarded for each school in 2015.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible scholarship applicants must:
• Be a legal resident of the State of Hawai‘i.
• Be a practicing artist, graduate or undergraduate art student.
• Be accepted by the school for admission to its visual arts program.

Preference will be given to scholarship applicants with financial need. Individuals may apply for only one scholarship per calendar year. Additional supplementary materials may be required by each school as part of the application process.


Scholarship seekers must apply directly to either Haystack Mountain School of Crafts or Penland School of Crafts.
Applications will not be accepted at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation.
Here are the scholarship contacts for each school:

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Contact: Candy Haskell, gro.ntm-kcatsyahnull@rartsiger
Deadline: Feb. 17

Penland School of Crafts
Contact: Amanda Hollifield, gro.dnalnepnull@dleifillohadnama
Deadline: March 1

The schools will select the recipients and notify HCF of the awards.
Neither Hawai‘i Community Foundation staff nor the Laila Twigg-Smith Art Fund Advisory Committee will be involved in the selection process.

The schools will handle all payments and reimbursements to the scholarship recipients.

Scholarship recipients will be required to submit a final report to Hawai‘i Community Foundation after completion of the program.

For more information contact Terry Savage at  (808) 566-5508 or toll free (888) 731-3863, gro.iiawah-fchnull@egavast