Martia A. Smith Memorial Art Scholarship

February 18, 2018 by Anonymous

Martia A. Smith was a gifted artist who worked in the mediums of ceramics and glass. Northland Pioneer College was fortunate to have her as an adjunct faculty in the art department, where she shared her passion and her talents with NPC students.

Marta A Smith Scholarship posterArt was not just Martia’s hobby, it was a prominent part of her life, and she was involved with it on many levels. She was a member of the Peoria Arts Commission, and served as secretary of the Northeastern Arizona Fine Arts Association. Her work was displayed in their High Country Gallery in Pinetop, but her reach far transcended the mountain. Her glass and ceramics were routinely on display throughout the Valley, in shows at the Tempe Art Center, Grand Canyon University’s A.P. Tell Gallery and Phoenix’s Shamur Art Center. She received numerous awards for her work, including first place at the annual CLAY Show and Best of Show in the Arts Alliance of the White Mountains Annual Juried Art Show. Her work is in many private and public collections today.

Martia’s husband, Louis Smith, chose to honor her memory through the establishment of the Martia A. Smith Memorial Art Scholarship. Louis Smith, a native Arizonan and lifelong educator, sought to create a scholarship that would foster student artists for generations to come and encourage the growth of art in our communities.

Wisely, he established his fund, the first-ever endowed scholarship at Northland Pioneer College, to be available to all full-time, degree-seeking students. Applicants need not be art majors, but they must demonstrate that art is, as it was for Martia, an important part of their lives. The application process requires that they show examples of their art and also reflect upon it through a written essay. As Martia put it, “The art work which I do is primarily that of self-fulfillment…it is the means by which I come to know myself.”

Applications for the Martia A. Smith Memorial Art Scholarship are being accepted through Friday, February 23, 2018. The application is available online at

For more information, please contact Betsyann Wilson, Executive Director of NPC Friends and Family, (928) 536-6245 or email, or Magda Gluszek, NPC Art Department Chair, (928) 532-6176 or email.