Seven student artists named 2022 JMArts Scholars

Siler City, NC – Seven students have been named JMArts Scholars by the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation, all receiving scholarships to pursue intensive fine arts study this summer.

JMArts Scholars preparing for study this summer are (standing from left) Clara Rojas, David Tabon and Andrey Ureña Secena; (kneeling from left), Karsyn Vann, Traycee Wall and Victoria Barlow; and (in front) Buck Thornton. (photo by Chip Pate)

They are Victoria Barlow, Clara Rojas, David Tabon, Buck Thornton, Andrey Ureña Secena, Karsyn Vann and Traycee Wall.

Scholarships are funded through individual contributions to the foundation and donations received at concerts and other events.

“I’m thrilled that our students have the chance to participate in these workshops in person again,” said JMArts President Rose Pate. “To take a ‘deep dive’ into an artistic project surrounded by others who are as excited as you are will not only bring them joy, but a great deal of learning. And for those who are staying on campus, it’s a tantalizing snapshot of the college experience.”

This year’s scholars represent music, theater and visual arts — all areas of the arts at Jordan-Matthews High School.

Barlow and Rojas will attend the UNCG Summer Art and Design Intensive in Greensboro.

Tabon and Vann will attend the UNCG Summer Music Camp in Senior High Band in Greensboro.

Thornton will attend the Summer Youth Conservatory Theatre Intensive at PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill.

Ureña Secena will attend the Temple Theatre Musical Theatre Conservatory in Sanford.

And Wall will attend the UNCG Summer Music Camp in Senior Mixed Chorus in Greensboro.

Since creating the awards one decade ago, JMArts has presented 80 scholarships to 56 students, with some receiving awards to study for more than one summer. The initiative was designed to help young artists develop their talent, explore artistic options before making their college decisions and bring what they learn back to share with other Jordan-Matthews students.

Businesses and individuals interested in contributing to the JMArts Scholars program or other projects for high school artists may contact Pate at . Checks can be mailed to JMArts, PO Box 395, Siler City, NC, 27344.

More information about JMArts, including details about JMArts Scholars and upcoming events, is available at