Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Playhouse of Design Presents Art Scholarships to Three A&M-Kingsville Students

KINGSVILLE - February 28, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4143

Playhouse of Design
Featured in photo (L-R): Dr. Richard C. Scherpereel,
A&M-Kingsville professor of art; Virginia Williges, Playhouse of Design
member; Anna M. Macareno; Jeremy M. Martinez; Playhouse of
Design scholarship coordinator Nancy Gilliam

KINGSVILLE (February 28, 2007) — Local artist organization Playhouse of Design named three recipients of its scholarship, awarded every semester to art students of Texas A&M University-Kingsville for the last 40 years.

Scholarships of $400 each go to Jeremy M. Martinez, a junior from Kingsville, Anna M. Macareno, a sophomore from Kingsville, and sophomore Anna L. Mar of Alice.

This was the second time Martinez, an art major with a minor in business, has received the scholarship. “I feel it is an honor to receive this again,” said Martinez. “The scholarship will be important credits in my resume.” Martinez said he plans on using the money for supplies and programs to use toward his graphic design work.

Some of his work in and out of the classroom includes serving as a cartoonist for The South Texan student newspaper and graphics work for Memorial Student Union Building T-shirts and flyers. Martinez is a second generation A&M-Kingsville art major. His father Carlos Martinez graduated from the department and is currently an elementary-level art teacher in Bishop.

Macareno noted how much the scholarship meant to her in the pursuit of her education and ultimate goal of becoming an animator. “The scholarship will help me to show people what I can do through my work, and to help them understand me and what I’ve gone through in life, good and bad.”

This is the first time Macareno has received the award, but not the first time for someone in her family. Her brother Rudy Macareno, part-owner and designer at Macareno Signs in Kingsville, also was a recipient.


The Playhouse of Design was started in 1960 to be a place where artists could paint, learn and support the community. Each year, there is an exhibit of member paintings. Fiesta de Colores was an art and craft show sponsored by Playhouse of Design for 30 years, in which proceeds went for the scholarships. The objectives of Playhouse of Design are to promote personal interest in designs of art, to advance artistic talent of members and to afford pleasure in production in works of art. Their meetings are held the fourth Monday of each month at Sellers Market at 7:30 p.m.

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