Interlochen's Illya Mousavijad Earns Art Schools Network Honor

Crescendo issue: February 2014
Mousavijad, hailed by his peers and teachers as an incredible gentleman as well as an outstanding artist, has recently been selected for the On Your Way scholarship program, presented by the Art Schools Network (ASN).

On Your Way scholarship winners each received $500 to further their artistic endeavors, as well as one-on-one advice from college and conservatory representatives. The students and their work will be showcased at ASN's 2014 National Conference in Denver this October and on the ASN website.  

OYW eligible winners also automatically bypass the preliminary round of the national YoungArts program. YoungArts is the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country's highest arts honor for high school students.

The 2013 OYW program was sponsored by the original musicians of the legendary group Earth Wind & Fire: Philip Bailey, Verdine White, and Ralph Johnson, who are active supporters of arts schools and students. The trio will also sponsor OYW in 2014. 

"This collection is an attempt to illustrate the mysteries of humans' lives, characters and personas using visual elements so that they become self-explanatory enough for the observers to find themselves or many people they know among these works," says Mousavijad. He submitted five drawings: Behind the stage, Under the fours of Hijab, Waiting, Mask, Character Shop, and Iranian Muslims, three sculptures/mixed media pieces: Explosion, Tree, and Migration; and a painting Self-Portrait.

Also recognized with an OYW scholarship for work in filmmaking was Hadley Hillel, winner of the "Best of Fest" Award at Interlochen's Future of Cinema Film Festival. 

More information can be found here.