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Bynum Front Porch to present its first art scholarship

Posted Wednesday, May 27, 2009

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Bynum, N.C.-Bynum Front Porch, a non-profit community organization, will present its first art scholarship to graduating Chatham County high school senior, Travis Mann, on Friday, May 29 at the Bynum Front Porch Friday Night Music Series concert featuring Chapel Hill’s Hot Rooster.

Mann is a senior at Northwood High School in Pittsboro where he serves as the vice president of Northwood Art Club, works on the yearbook staff and is vice president of the school’s National Art Honor Society. While attending Northwood, Mann has taken five art classes, was involved in set painting for school musicals and has designed church bulletins. He also has volunteered with his church and at the PTA Thrift Store and Habit For Humanity.

The Bynum Front Porch Scholarship will provide Mann with $1000 towards his education. He will be attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall.

“Ever since I can remember, I have loved creating art and dreamed of becoming an artist. I am so fortunate to say that I’ve found something to be passionate about,” said Mann. “Next year, I will attend Savannah College of Art and Design and pursue a BFA in illustration. This scholarship will help me obtain this goal, and I am very grateful for it.”

Mann was chosen based on a written application, a piece of his artwork, and a video of his artwork along with two letters of references.

Throughout the past year, the Bynum Front Porch organization has held multiple fundraisers to establish the Bynum Front Porch Scholarship program. The program has provided scholarships for two Chatham County graduating seniors this year.

“Travis is such a talented artist and we are so pleased to award him the first Bynum Front Porch Art Scholarship,” said Suzanne Robinson, Bynum Front Porch Scholarship committee member. “Bynum has a lot of residents who are artists including well known folk artist Clyde Jones. Whether it is music, art, storytelling or some other medium, the Bynum community embraces art in all forms. We are honored that we can encourage and support young talent like Travis so that he can continue to study.”

Mann will be showing his artwork at Northwood High School on Saturday, May 30 and currently has an exhibit at the Chatham Arts Gallery in downtown Pittsboro.

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