Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod

Scholarship Winners, 2018


Samantha Lydon, Barnstable High School recipient & Ellie Freedman, PPSCC Scholarship Committee


Xanthippi Abel, Sturgis Art Teacher, recipient Thea Goldman, and Annette MacAdams, PPSCC Scholarship Committee


Chloe McLean, Falmouth High School with Joy Sawyer, PPSCC Committee member


Caroline Brodt, Barnstable HS recipient

Scholarships Awarded to Four Aspiring Artists

We are pleased to announce that four talented young artists have been honored in the PPSCC 2018 Scholarship Awards Program. Caroline Brodt and Samantha Lydon of Barnstable High School, Thea Goldman of Sturgis Public Charter School, and Chloe McLean of Falmouth High School, and will each receive a scholarship of $500 in the form of a gift certificate for the purchase of art supplies, a set of artist grade pastels, and the opportunity to exhibit a work of art in a PPSCC exhibition. Scholarship recipients will also be announced at the June 23 opening of the national pastel show For Pastels Only at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod as well as at their schools.

All recipients of this award plan to study a visual arts related field at the postsecondary level. Applicants submitted five examples of artwork, a statement of art background, experience and future aspirations to pursue visual arts, and a recommendation from their schools.

Barnstable High School’s Caroline Brodt plans to concentrate on advertising photography on the postsecondary level. Her work has already received many accolades, including numerous prestigious Scholastic Art Awards and earning regional and national recognition. Caroline’s internship with a local artist led to her participation in a photo safari in Kenya, the subject of a special exhibit at her school. Caroline’s award winning chronicle of her sister’s battle with cancer, entitled Olivia’s Journey, was also the subject of a special exhibit at Barnstable. Caroline has had the opportunity to study at the School of Creative & Performing Arts in New York. As if that were not enough, Caroline has already launched a photography business taking family, wedding, and student photos. 

Thea Goldman will attend Cornell University’s School of Architecture, Art & Planning after graduation from Sturgis Public Charter School and double major in fine and performing/media arts. In addition to excelling in her studies in the International Baccalaureate Curriculum at Sturgis, Thea also attended an art intensive at the Snow Farm Summer for High School Students. At Sturgis Thea has immersed herself in both visual and performing arts. She recently had the opportunity to combine the two by designing the set for her school’s theatre production and earning first place for the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s Logo Design Contest. Thea has exhibited her work locally in prestigious competitive art exhibits with her work being selected from a pool of professional artists as the youngest exhibitor in the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod’s juried winter exhibit for the past three years. Thea also sells her photographs through commission work and at pop up shops and craft fairs throughout the Cape.

Samantha Lydon of Barnstable High School has been creating from a young age and taken art courses both in and out of school for many years. As far back as elementary school, Samantha’s work received notice through contests in her local newspaper, The Barnstable Patriot. She has continued to focus on her artistic journey as she plans to concentrate on illustration and painting in her postsecondary studies. To prepare for this next step, she has taken high level course work in art at the Honors and Advanced Placement levels. Her efforts have been rewarded as Samantha has received recognition for her work through the competitive Scholastic Art Awards, exhibiting at the JFK Museum in Hyannis, and the Sturgis Library in Barnstable.

Falmouth High School’s Chloe McLean wants to use her art to communicate and build community. She has clearly committed herself to building connections through her participation in her own school community. She actively participates in group projects locally such as the 8 ft. by 16 ft. bike path mural project, is a member of the soccer team, and served as National Art Honor Society president. Chloe’s art has received recognition in the competitive Scholastic Art Awards earning a Silver Key at the national level, a Best of Show award in the Cape Cod Art Center’s All-Cape Student Show, and recognition in the Massachusetts Congressional Art Awards. Chloe was also chosen to represent Massachusetts at the National Art Education Association’s annual conference and selected to attend Art All State as one of 145 high school students selected for an intensive collaborative experience.  Chloe will major in fine arts at the postsecondary level.