Mason County High School student Ryan Miller was recently named a recipient of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writer's prestigious Alliance Summer Art Program Award.
ASAP Award recipients receive partial to full tuition scholarships to attend summer art and writing programs offered by colleges, camps and other non-profit organizations.
Miller said he was humbled to be named an award winner.
"I was very honored," Miller said. "Everyone was really helping out and really excited."
Miller became eligible for the ASAP Award after first receiving a Gold Key award for a piece of art he created using electrical tape. The piece was a result of an art class assignment in which students were required to make a large piece of art out of small things. A piece of tape on Miller's binder became inspiration.
This art piece made of something small has led to much bigger things. Gold Key award winners receive the opportunity to develop their creative skills by participating in art and writing intensives to learn new artistic forms and skills. Miller will be able to do so through the ASAP Award.
Miller will travel to Buck's Rock Performing and Creative Art Camp in New Milford, Conn., July 22- Aug. 18. A scholarship totaling more than $10,000 will cover his tuition and room and board during the four-week experience.
While at the camp, Miller will get the chance to experience new ways of creating art, such as glassblowing, metalsmithing, leather work, and much more.
Miller said he is looking forward to getting the opportunity to create whatever he chooses. He's already familiar with painting, chalking and ink and pencil drawing.
Upon completion of the camp, Miller said he hopes to continue pursuing art in his future.
"It's pretty much the only thing I'm good at," he said.
Miller's summer projects will be displayed along with other work by MCHS students in the Kentucky Gateway Center Museum in the coming year.