The next talented student in our blog series on our 2011 Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Recipients is Emilie Sommers, a photographer and printmaker from Albuquerque, NM who is currently in the 11th grade at Albuquerque Academy. She will be using her scholarship to attend the Sam Fox School of Art & Design at Washington University in St. Louis Portfolio Plus Program this summer. Please join us in congratulating Emilie and wishing her the best this summer and in the future as she builds her art career.
It would be amazing to have the opportunity to become a professional photographer/printmaker/designer. Since I am also intrigued by art history, becoming a curator or even an independent gallery owner would all be things I would potentially aspire to become.
What do you do for fun? Do you have any interesting or unusual hobbies?
I swim competitively year round for Lobo Aquatic Club as well as for the varsity team at my high school during the winter. I adore yoga as well as the outdoors: cycling, hiking, camping, backpacking, rafting, among others.
What is something unique about you that you would like people to know?
I have a condition called scoliosis; my spine is an “S” shape. I wore a back brace for three years (from 5th-7th grade) and it has significantly influenced some of my ideas in regards to portraiture and the human figure.
The image below is “Le Papier Froissé,” a digital photograph of folded paper on a light table that Emilie shot in the fall of 2011. For more of Emilie’s work, visit her portfolio.