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“I feel very fortunate to be selected as a JKC Scholar. I certainly worked hard to get an education, but I've also benefited so much from dedicated professors, supportive friends and family members. As an undergraduate sculpture major, I tried to work as if everything I made was intended for a gallery or museum -- a professional venue, rather than a classroom critique.”
Profile: It wasn’t as a child growing up in Nevada that David Hawkins decided on a career in art. No, like most young men with a love for the outdoors, David was enjoying his time with his family fly-fishing and camping in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains, or skiing on his varsity high school squad, or earning Eagle Scout status, or being part of his school orchestra. His “ah hah” moment came in South America. David spent two years living in the Amazon region of Brazil and “a lot of my time was spent doing community service.” Several times David was invited to paint murals in different communities. “The happiness and excitement of combining art with service and community led me to wonder if I might be able to have a career in art, and I think that was a turning point.” David returned to college at Brigham Young University, put all his energies into sculpture and by the time he graduated his works were on display in several galleries in Utah and on the East Coast. He knew he was on his way when as a senior he won an Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award given by the International Sculpture Center.
Interesting Fact: David also answers to the nickname “Jethro.”
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
London School of Economics and Political Science