MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University student Lu Colby, a senior art major from Tawas City, Michigan, is the recipient of a Southern Graphics Council International (SCGI) Student Fellowship Award for 2020. Each year, SCGI presents only one undergraduate award and one graduate award. Colby is the first Murray State student to win the national award. 

SCGI is an educational nonprofit organization committed to informing its membership about issues and processes concerning original prints, drawings, book arts and handmade paper. 

Murray State University student Lu Colby, a senior art major from Tawas City, Michigan, is the recipient of a Southern Graphics Council International (SCGI) Student Fellowship Award for 2020.
Murray State University student Lu Colby, a senior art major from Tawas City, Michigan, is the recipient of a Southern Graphics Council International (SCGI) Student Fellowship Award for 2020.

Originally formed as Southern Graphics Council, a regional organization for educators of print in the U.S. South, the organization has grown over the years into the nation’s largest organization of printmakers. 

“With the award, I will be able to keep developing my artistic practice and making work, and for that I am extremely grateful to the SGCI organization,” Colby said. “As with most good things, a large amount of work and research has been put into these pieces. The student fellowship award has helped to reassure and promote the time and energy put into this body of work.” 

Upon graduating this semester, Colby will pursue her Master of Fine Art at Louisiana State University this fall. She naturally turned to the arts after growing up in a home where both of her parents created their own art.

“Murray State has been instrumental in my development as a professional artist, and I would not have the opportunities I’ve been given without my time spent here,” Colby said. “The faculty and staff go above and beyond expectations and are always prepared to help and support. This can be said for the peers and friends I have made through the printmaking program at Murray State as well. I will miss my time here, but will apply what I have learned to my future studies.”

“Lu is the first printmaking student from Murray State University to receive this national award,” said Nicole Hand, College of Humanities and Fine Arts assistant dean and a mentor of Colby’s. “She is an amazing artist and student. It is her dedication and commitment to her studio practice and degree that have made her so successful.”

Colby’s current portfolio of work can be seen on her website, lucolby.com.

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