In 2015, the Tamarind National Advisory Board initiated a scholarship honoring Marjorie Devon’s thirty-eight years of contributions to fine art lithography and her passion for the international community. With gifts from 100% of its members, the board established this fund to award scholarships to deserving students from abroad.
In 2016, Tamarind awarded the first Marjorie L. Devon Scholarship to Liu Jing, of Changshaw, China. Jing is a lecturer, and director of the Formative Arts Department at Changsha Normal University where he established a lithography workshop in 2013. He began studying lithography fifteen years ago while working on a BA from Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, after which he continued his studies under Tamarind-trained Professor Craig Cornwall in Olympia, Washington.
Jing says that even after teaching and studying lithography for many years in China, he still felt that he lacked the confidence and support needed to expand upon his skill – something he felt he could only attain by studying at Tamarind. For years he dreamed of coming to Albuquerque, but the cost of travel and tuition made his dream unattainable. So, when he learned that he would receive financial assistance directly from Tamarind he said, "I couldn't find words to express my excitement, gratitude, and honor in being able to join the Summer Workshop in 2016. And, to be the first recipient of the Marjorie Devon Scholarship is a huge honor for me as well."
Jing said that aluminum plate lithography is a new field in China, and that the quality instruction provided by Tamarind’s education director, Brandon Gun, will have a far-reaching impact -- through Changsha Normal University, Changsha City, and Hunan Province. Besides technique, Jing said, being in the Tamarind workshop made him realize how imperative it is to implement good safety practices, such as wearing masks and gloves, and requiring his students to take basic precautions. He would also like to expand the workshop in Chagsha Normal University to be more than a workshop – to be a "center for printmaking," similar to Tamarind Institute, where the goal is to provide training in traditional techniques, but also to expand the medium, and to ensure that lithography is a viable and relevant form in contemporary Chinese art.
"The Summer Workshop didn't only give me a lot of knowledge and inspiration, but also gave me much more confidence, and a stronger belief that accessibility and instruction in lithography is invaluable."