“Purity” by Katharine Crosby, winner of the $3,000 scholarship presented by Art League of Hilton Head. Crosby recently graduated from Hilton Head Island High School, and plans to study photography at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

Graduating Hilton Head Island High School senior Katharine Crosby is this year’s recipient of Art League of Hilton Head’s $3,000 art scholarship.

The decision was based on her outstanding art portfolio, impressive GPA and glowing teacher recommendations. Crosby plans to study fine arts this fall at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, with a concentration in photography.

Crosby began exploring photography at age 12, and has since created a comprehensive portfolio with a special emphasis on portrait photography. “I love how the slightest change in position, facial expression, camera angle, focus, or lighting can change the whole meaning of the photo,” she said. “I love for all my pieces to have deeper meanings.”

Her most recent series explores the seven deadly sins and the seven holy virtues.

Crosby is active in the Seahawk Stage Company at Hilton Head Island High as an actor, lighting designer, and photographer in residence, executing head shots and publicity photos.

“Her award-winning photography is the kind of work that can inspire and challenge the status quo, and I honestly cannot wait to see what she will achieve in the future,” said theatre director Kimberly Guinn.

Crosby has been featured in both local and regional photography exhibitions and competitions. She won first place in the 2021 SC State Fair and had her work featured at the 2021 annual Photographic Society of America conference.

The Art League scholarship program encourages students to develop their artistic skills and pursue a career in the visual arts. The funding of this scholarship is made possible through charitable donations made to Art League of Hilton Head.

To contribute to the fund, email admin@artleaguehhi.org or call 843-681-5060 for more information.

Art League Gallery, located at 14 Shelter Cove Lane inside the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, features local artwork in all media created by more than 170 member artists. All artwork on display is for sale and exhibits change every month.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, and 90 minutes prior to all Arts Center Performances.