To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2005, DADA (Dallas Art Dealers Association) created a scholarship honoring a respected member of the Dallas art community and one of its founding members, Edith Baker, and continued this partnership with the DCCCD through 2013. Edith owned and directed The Edith Baker Gallery in Dallas for nearly 30 years before retiring in 2004. Every year, the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund, a 501(c) 3, gave this scholarship, which financially benefits a student pursuing the study of visual arts along with giving that student a gallery internship, a mentor and an artist studio visit.
The $2,500 scholarship from DADA was given to one (or more) visual art student(s) attending one of the Dallas County Community Colleges. Each campus submitted a nominee, and the exhibited work was then juried resulting in the scholarship award winner(s).
In the Spring 2013 exhibition, El Centro College student Roy Martinez received the Edith Baker Art Scholarship courtesy of the Kenneth R. Craighead Jr. and Steven L. Green Foundation for Arts and Arts Education on Friday, April 19th at the Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, 3109 Carlisle St. in Dallas.
Roy Martinez, 2013 Edith Baker Art Scholarship winner and El Centro College student, with his work.
Candy Warth, 2012 Edith Baker Art Scholarship nominee from El Centro College.
2011 ECC nominee and winner – Michelle Reyes
In the Fall of 2011, El Centro’s own Michelle Reyes was the overall winner of the Edith Baker Scholarship.
2010 nominees – Raymond Butler and Janet Aguirre, both pictured with Edith Baker