GABRIELLE DINGER’S ARTWORK
Interaction, Spring 2014, 6″ x 3 1/2″x 3 1/2″ Cast aluminum
Rooster, Spring 2014, 6″ x 3 1/2″ x 6″ Cast aluminum
Self-Portrait, Fall 2013, 4″ x 3 1/2″ x 8″ Cast iron
Untitled, Fall 2013, 11″ x 9″ x 16″ Fabricated steel
Octopus Illustration, Spring 2014, 8″ x 10″, Ink and watercolor
It is with much gratitude that I write this letter. I appreciate the kindness and generosity of you and the members of the Hebert family to have chosen me for the Mitch Hebert Memorial Scholarship in Creative Arts for 2014. I cannot begin to even express how grateful I am. I feel as saying “thank you” is not enough.
This semester has been a trying one, considering that after next semester my state funded scholarship will conclude after my four years of being enrolled at Nicholls. The realization that I might not be able to buy my own art supplies, if I could even continue to afford my tuition and gas, became very haunting as the semester carried on.
You and your family have made it possible for me to continue on with my education as well as my passion.
- Gabrielle Dinger: 2014 Mitch Hebert Scholarship Winner
Although Gabrielle Dinger was born in Morgan City, Louisiana, she spent the first seven years of her life moving around with her father’s changing military stations. Those years were spent in Missouri, Colorado, and even Schweinfurt, Germany. After her father’s honorable discharge, the family settled down back in Louisiana. The time spent traveling as a child allowed Gabrielle to appreciate the simpler aspects of life, and helped form her very active imagination. With both parents being artistic, Gabrielle always found herself loving the concept of creating. She also greatly enjoys sharing ideas and techniques in art with others. Gabrielle first entered college in the field of art education. However, she found that she enjoyed resolving dilemmas when it came to three-dimensional art, and decided to shift her focus to sculpture. Despite this change in her academic direction, when the opportunity to teach at a local art school for children opened up, Gabrielle jumped at it. Working with children while attending college as a student herself, she finds herself inspired by the enthusiasm of the younger and older artists she is surrounded by. Excited to see what growth awaits her work in sculpture, Gabrielle plans to graduate from Nicholls with her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in May of 2016.