Two Pasadena Students Received Full Scholarship for Ryman Arts at Otis College of Art and Design

Published : Monday, October 16, 2017 | 1:09 AM

Jaleeya Kerr-Griffin (l) and Carissa Paccerelli (r)

Jaleeya Kerr-Griffin and Carissa Paccerelli, have been awarded full scholarship for Ryman Arts at the Otis College of Art and Design. Both students are currently in 12th grade at Pasadena High School in the Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA).

One of the nation’s top youth arts programs, Ryman Arts offers advanced studio art instruction to artistic high school students in California. It was founded in honor of Disney Legend Herb Ryman, a painter who became a key figure in Disney history. An admiring Walt Disney first tapped him in 1938 after seeing his work in a Los Angeles gallery. Ryman became the leader of what’s now known as Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative arm of Disney’s theme parks. As a film illustrator for Disney, Ryman was the art director for Fantasia and Dumbo.

Admission to the Ryman Arts program is highly competitive with an acceptance rate of 50% based solely on artistic and personal merit. A committee reviews all applications, scoring them on multiple criteria (primarily evidence of skill and motivation). Accepted students receive full scholarship that covers the cost of tuition and art materials. In addition to the rigorous drawing and painting classes taught by professional artists, students explore career paths, share their work in the community, and are inspired to build the skills, discipline and confidence for college and beyond. For more information about Ryman Arts, visit





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