Scholarship Winner

Introducing our 2020 Business of Art Scholarship Winner, MDFerrera

Each year, one emerging artist is selected to receive the “Business of Art” Scholarship, which provides a booth to showcase their artwork at the festival, as well as invaluable mentoring provided by Patric Stillman of The Studio Door and Patricia Frischer, of San Diego Visual Arts Network.  Past recipients of the scholarship have gone on to very successful careers in fine art.

MDFerrera believes in channeling her creative urges  to produce original artwork. She took the leap to  becoming a full-time Artist in 2010 after moving to San Diego from New Jersey with a Fine Art degree from Montclair State University. Since then, she has  shown her works in a few local galleries and collectives.  

In 2018 she completed a mural for Imperial Beach’s beautification project, “Rock the Walls.”

In between series of fine art and commissioned portraits and projects, MD has published creative non-fiction books, focusing on the importance of balancing mental and physical well being through journaling and meditation. As a female artist and advocate for mental health awareness, her hope is to share healthy creative outlets to help build self-love and strength needed to fuel honest communication and connections.

MDFerrera states:  “My contemporary, figurative portraits are snapshots of gestures and expressions inspired by first hand life experiences. Due to the personal nature of the subject matter, the urge to create can sometimes feel manic but the focus it takes to draw, crosshatching against an organic surface, helps to process my current mental state, while experimenting with techniques and medium. Keeping tools raw and minimal provides an environment conducive to creating intimate portraits, reflecting my durability, vulnerability and individuality.”

Thank you to our sponsors for this scholarship: