Sturgeon Bay art student wins numerous scholarship offers


Senior and accomplished Sturgeon Bay artist Claire Tellstrom has been offered multiple merit scholarships ranging from $ 76,000 to $ 116,000 over the past four years from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Kansas City Art Institute and Maryland Institute College of the Arts.

After weighing up her options, she chose to attend the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design (MIAD), with grants and scholarships totaling $ 102,000.

Tellstrom plans to specialize in a new studio practice and focus primarily on painting. She would also like to broaden her artistic knowledge in painting, illustration, art history and possibly design.

“Karma” by Claire Tellstrom.

“I am more than grateful for all the scholarship amounts I have received and I cannot thank these colleges enough,” she said. “These scholarships made it possible to receive a special education in a field that I love.”

Tellstrom has been interested in art from a young age. She always knew she loved art, but she only really started to focus on it in high school. Early in her freshman year, she established herself in a wide variety of art classes that mainly focused on painting and printmaking. She was chosen to start a pre-AP portfolio course in second year and to follow AP Drawing in junior and AP 2D in senior.

Last summer, Tellstrom also participated in MIAD’s Advanced Pre-College Program, a three-week crash course.

Although she enjoys painting the most, she says she still experiments and creates in different media such as tapestry art, felt-tip painting, printmaking and even pottery.

Tellstrom’s work focuses on portraits and she constantly tries to create as much realism as possible.

“I try to convey emotions through the application of paint as well as the use of color,” she said. “I want the viewer to connect with who or whatever I represent and be able to relate to the emotion being expressed.”

Inspiration for Tellstrom’s art comes from her relationships with herself and her friends.

“I like to capture happy times spent with friends as well as capture my own feelings,” she said. “A lot of my paintings are personal and I see them as a reflection on myself or as a way to capture events that led to my self-realization. “

Tellstrom owes much of her success as a young artist to the county in which she grew up.

“Very young, I was inspired by the exhibitions presented at the Miller Art Museum, in particular the Door County Annual High School Art Show, “she said.” It was an honor to have several pieces of my works exhibited at the same exhibition that once inspired me. “

Tellstrom’s art has been featured in numerous Door County exhibitions, including the Women’s Fund of Door County’s Women’s Art Exhibition in 2019 and Love on vacation in 2020, in which the songwriters drew inspiration from his artwork to create three songs and perform them in concert.

“Friends” of Claire Tellstrom.

Throughout high school, Tellstrom handled his vast involvement in the arts by doing cross country, playing on the soccer team, and managing the boys’ soccer team in the fall.

“Juggling between sport and art,” she said, “I kept my mark high and was invited to be a part of the National Honor Society and will graduate with honors. “

In the summer, Tellstrom spends his time volunteering and has been on several mission trips with Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church.

After obtaining her BFA from MIAD, she plans to pursue an MFA in art and then become a painting teacher and practice painting in parallel.

“I think it’s important to teach and equip budding young artists with a thorough education, and as a teacher I plan to do just that,” she said. “I also hope to exhibit my art and make an impact on the world by sharing my painting with the public.” To see and learn more about Tellstrom’s work, visit


Kayleen C. Rice