Janavi M. Folmsbee creates scholarship for other artists, helping them head to France --Artist, writer, scuba diver builds bridge for Houstonians to international art community
HOUSTON – March 26, 2019 – Artist Janavi M Folmsbee had such a wonderful time at the L’AiR Arts residency in Paris that she decided to pay it forward.
She recently announced a new opportunity, just for other Houston-based artists – the JMF Scholarship.
“I want to contribute to Houston’s vibrant artistic community by helping them have the same opportunity to go to Paris,” she said.
Folmsbee will award $600 toward the cost of the upcoming “Art Research Residency” at L’AiR in Paris. Applications are now open. The deadline is May 8.
Participating artists in the residency program explore various neighborhoods of Paris, visit historic artists’ studios, as well as academies and galleries. There is a shared workspace and portfolio reviews, mentorship and discussions with curators are included in the stay.
Folmsbee will also give scholarship winners a 30-hour internship at her studio in Houston, after completing the residency.
The value of international art dialogue is something Folmsbee truly understands. Originally from Mumbai, she came to Houston to push her boundaries and constantly travels to better understand her favorite subject – the ocean.
Folmsbee’s work is inspired by her voyages as ascuba diver. She is a passionate about creating art that can bridge a connection with the marine world – and even help preserve it. She seeks to share the colors and the beauty of the ocean through her art and hopes to start a conversation about protecting the marine environment and helping it thrive.
“I’m joining in the fight to save our marine world—and using art to raise awareness,” she said.
To apply for the scholarship, visit www.lairarts.com/jmf-scholarship.html.