Department of Art & Art History student Kendyl Schofield pursues landscape painting after summer painting residency in Montana

December 05 2018

Last summer, Kendyl Schofield participated in an inclusive Painting Residency at the Taft-Nicolson Environmental Humanities Center in Montana. This competitive program was led by Kim Martinez and only accepted 11 other students. For 9 days, Schofield immersed herself in the intensive Painting and Drawing course and recently presented her work at the Vice President for Research Dean’s Luncheon.

Schofield took advantage of the Montana landscape—painting and studying environmental issues with visiting scholars and scientists. The experience changed Schofield’s outlook as an artist and pushed her to develop a deeper understanding and respect for the environment we are a part of.

“The residency was absolutely amazing. I would recommend it highly to anyone who is interested in painting, the environment, and getting to know some fellow students really well. It completely changed my perspective on oil paints and I fell in love with landscape painting and have continued to pursue plein air painting here in Salt Lake,” said Schofield.

In conclusion to her residency, Schofield exhibited her work with her peers in the Gittin Gallery at the Department of Art and Art History. Schofield assumed leadership of the exhibition by creating posters, press releases, and installation of the show. The sale of multiple paintings during the exhibition highlights not only her artistic foresight but also her entrepreneurial skills.

Schofield received an Associate’s Degree at Salt Lake Community College before attending the U in Fall 2017. She was awarded the Grace Durkee Meldrum Scholarship in Spring 2018. Schofield is currently pursuing a BFA in Painting and Drawing and is developing a portfolio of landscape paintings throughout Utah with a focus in plein air.