UW art student receives national scholarship | New

July 9, 2019

This work and others by UW student Aisha Auradou won a $2,500 grant from art products supplier Tombow. (Aicha Auradou)

Aisha Auradou says she strives to create art that makes viewers want to come closer.

Tombow Arts and Crafts Products has taken note.

Auradou, a junior from the University of Wyoming Pinedale, was recently named a finalist in the company’s Create Your Best Work Art Scholarship competition.

Three judges rated Auradou’s work as one of the best among more than 100 applicants. She will receive a $2,500 scholarship for the 2019-2020 academic year, as well as $500 worth of Tombow products to use with her work. Pinedale High School‘s art department, from which she graduated in 2017, will also receive a $500 Tombow merchandise bundle.

“I’m very honored to have received this,” she said. “Money is a challenge for any student, so this scholarship will help me immensely. This competition has motivated me even more to create better and better art, and I look forward to continuing to improve.

Rani Robison, an academic professional in UW’s Department of Visual and Literary Arts, also noticed Auradou’s potential.

“Aisha is an incredibly strong student, and we are fortunate to have her in our department and at UW,” says Robison. “She was in my ‘Foundation 2D’ course, and it was clear from the start that she could succeed as a young artist.”

Serving consumers and businesses worldwide, Tombow was established in Japan in 1913 as a supplier of wooden pencils for Japanese students. Since then, the company has grown to become a global supplier of art markers, liquid glue and tape, fine writing pens, correction tape, drawing pencils, colored pencils and erasers manufactured in facilities located in Japan, Vietnam and Thailand. Global operating divisions distribute Tombow branded products in their respective geographies. For more information, visit www.TombowUSA.com.

Kayleen C. Rice