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Ellan Luna Receives First Lydia Rede Madrid Scholarship : UNM Newsroom


The University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts has announced that the first Lydia Rede Madrid Scholarship has been awarded to Ellan Luna. Luna arrives at UNM in Kentucky where she earned her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Kentucky.

Ellan Luna

“After applying to several programs, I waited for UNM to contact me and held my breath for what felt like an eternity,” Luna recalled. “Finally, I had great news. I was accepted not only to UNM, but I had five graduate programs to choose from. I chose UNM because I had witnessed his dedication to the hard-working artists on campus and that I had seen the quality of education provided.

Studio artists are often challenged by the high costs of materials and fees for creative opportunity requests, in addition to tuition and the cost of living. For many applicants, awards such as the Lydia Rede Madrid Scholarship make UNM a viable option for undergraduate and graduate study.

“UNM Fine Arts is thrilled to be able to use this scholarship to recruit emerging artists like Ellan Luna. We look forward to seeing Ellan’s printmaking practice grow throughout her time at UNM,” said Susanne, Chair of the Art Department. Anderson-Riedel.

Established in 2022, the Lydia Rede Madrid Scholarship is for an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in art, preferably with a specialization in the field of printmaking. The award honors Madrid (1949-2020), who was a “complete artist”, having lived for her art and for her work with students. She studied at the University of Texas at El Paso, before transferring to the University of New Mexico, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She then earned an MFA from Indiana University in 1981. She taught at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio and the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy, before returning to New Mexico as a professor of printmaking at UNM. 1980s to 2009. An acclaimed artist, Madrid’s work has been exhibited internationally and nationally.

To support the Lydia Rede Madrid Endowed Scholarship, see the online donation page.

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