A UTEP student was one of two awarded the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities May 12 in Austin for their exceptional work in the visual arts by The University of Texas System Board of Regents.
Heather Mawson, a studio arts senior at The University of Texas at El Paso, was recognized for her outstanding three-dimensional work, which has focused on self-image, consumerism and the inquiring of societal norms and the status quo.
Growing up in a military household, Mawson had the opportunity to travel around the globe. Constantly being exposed to different cultures, Mawson’s unique experiences influenced her curiosity and interest in the arts.
“I found that in the arts I am able to question and explore subjects in creative ways. Art is able to cross borders and communicate ideas in ways that language cannot,” Mawson said.
The Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards program is designed to provide a framework that fosters excellence in student performance, rewards outstanding students, stimulates the arts and humanities and promotes continuous quality in education. A $1,500 monetary award will be made in the winners’ names to the academic department designated by the student.
“The arts and humanities are valued deeply in higher education and the Board of Regents is proud to honor these deserving students,” Regents Chairman Paul Foster said. “These students show commitment and talent to not only their artwork, but also their education and involvement in the community. Congratulations to this year’s winners and we wish them continued success.”
Established in February 2012, the Regents’ Outstanding Student Awards in Arts and Humanities varies each year and commends students at UT System institutions excelling in one of three disciplines: musical arts, visual arts and creative writing.