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Plainfield Central HS artist earns 2 scholarships for digital photography

Anna Grady Plainfield High School-Central Campus senior Anna Grady’s photographs have earned her scholarships to two different art schools.

Grady, 18, was one of four students to win a $16,400 scholarship to the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

More than 40 students nationwide submitted work in the American Academy of Art’s second annual Digital Art Scholarship competition.

Grady submitted five photos based on the theme “What Do You Call Home?”

“I’d thought I’d place because I’m decent at what I did, but I didn’t think I’d get $16,400,” Grady said.

Her work also earned her an $11,000 scholarship to attend the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD).

Officials at the Denver-based school awarded Grady the scholarship after they reviewed her portfolio. Grady’s photos capture all kind of scenes but she really enjoys photographing nature.

She has lots of opportunity to do that during her weeks-long summer vacations with her dad out west. Grady and her dad visit several national parks including Yellowstone, Arches, Glacier, Zion and the Badlands.

“I get these opportunities to take these pictures of things that people don’t normally see,” she said.

Grady is a natural artist whether she is drawing, painting or taking photos, said PHSCC art teacher Lindsey Brown.

“Anna is the type of student who will finish a painting or drawing earlier than her classmates and do another one for fun or to see if she can improve, and not because I asked her to, but because she genuinely wants to,” Brown said.