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Ariana Leon: Shaping the Future of Sculpture

Ariana Leon, a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), has been recognized with the 2023 Liu Shiming Scholarship for her talents in sculpture. Leon's dedication to exploring new dimensions within her art form aligns with the Liu Shiming Scholarship's mission to foster academic excellence and innovative thinking among art students. As a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the Rinehart School of Sculpture, Leon's commitment to her craft and her visionary project ideas have set her apart.




Beyond the recognition, Leon expresses her appreciation for the scholarship's impact on her educational journey and artistic development. Her aspirations to continue her career in art and establish herself as a self-sustaining artist in America. The Liu Shiming Scholarship, established in 2021, symbolizes a commitment to advancing the arts through financial support and recognition of talented artists like Leon. With a focus on students who exhibit academic excellence and innovative ideas, the scholarship embodies the spirit of Liu Shiming, a visionary artist whose legacy continues to inspire.


Ariana Leon, Untitled (moon), 2023. Courtesy the artist


As Leon navigates her journey within the art world, her achievements and the support from the Liu Shiming Scholarship illuminate the path for emerging artists, demonstrating the transformative power of art education and philanthropy. Ariana Leon's story is not just one of personal success but a beacon of inspiration, showcasing the vital role of scholarships in cultivating the avant-garde artists of tomorrow.



Written by Chirui Cheng

Photo credits to: Ariana Leon

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