Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

Grants

-"Exploration of Jacquard Weave Structures on the Digital TC-2 Loom" Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, ETSU Honors College and the ETSU Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

Scholarships

-Hayes Art Scholarship- Department of Art and Design, East Tennessee State University 2019-20

-International Education Study Abroad Scholarship, East Tennessee State University International Programs 2019

-Jane dove Cox Art Scholarship- Department of Art and Design, East Tennessee State University 2017-18

-Reece Museum Art Scholarship- Department of Art and Design, East Tennessee State University 2017-18

-Arrowmont Scholarship- Department of Art and Design, East Tenessee State University 2018

-New Hampshire Institute of Art Pre-College Program 2016

-The University of Tennessee School of Art High School Arts Academy 2014

Awards/ Recognition 

-National Society of Collegiate Scholars Member 2017-2020

-East Tennessee State University Dean's List 6 Consecutive Semesters Fall 2016- Spring 2019

-East Tennessee State University College of Art and Design Student Honors Show Foundations Award 2017

-2nd Place Winner in Loudon County Music and Art Showcase 2015

-12th Grade Honorable Mention in the 10th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition 2015

-Best Sculpture in the 9th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition 2014

Residencies 

-The Icelandic Textile Center Textile Artist Residency on the TC2 Loom - August 2021 

Group Exhibitions 

2021

-Samkoma Art in Textile - The Icelandic Textile Center

2020

-Senior BFA Solo Show (Canceled due to Covid-19)

2019

-East Tennessee State University Student Honors Show - Slocumb Galleries

-Tension: Harmony Pop Up- East Tennessee State University 

-The Face of Danger-Tipton Gallery

2018

-East Tennessee State University Student Honors Show - Slocumb Galleries

-Clay/Fiber/Metals: ETSU Studio Craft Student Exhibition  - Tipton Gallery

2017

-Student Honors Show (Group) - Tipton Gallery

2016

-Into Abstraction, Foundation Class Award Show - Slocumb Galleries

-Dogwood Arts Synergy Art Exhibition  - Clayton Center of the Arts

2015

-10th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition - Knoxville Museum of Art

-Tennessee’s Best of the Best Student Art Exhibition- Leu Art Gallery & Gallery 121

2014

-9th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition  - Knoxville Museum of Art -Best Sculpture Award

2013

-8th Annual East Tennessee Regional Student Art Exhibition - Knoxville Museum of Art

Publications 

-"Origami samples woven on the TC2!," Digital Weaving Norway, September 2019

-"From crayons to sculptures: Teen turns heads with gown made entirely of envelopes," The Daily Times, January 2015

-"Raina Nief creates gown out of envelopes," The Daily Times, January 2015

-"'LHS student wins award for best sculpture at art show," News Herald, December 2014

 

Education

-East Tennessee State University BFA in Fine Arts Concentration in Studio Art, Minor in Marketing (Dean’s List 6 Consecutive Semesters) (GPA 3.86) Summa Cum Laude August 2016- May 2020

-Art, Culture, and Wood Fired Ceramics Study Abroad in Italy - 2019

-Arrowmont Schol of Arts and Crafts, Abstract Embroidery Workshop by Rena Wood - 2018

-New Hampshire College of Art Pre-College Program - 2016

 

Work Experience

East Tennessee State University- Research Discovery Assistant August 2017- May 2020

-I was chosen by the Fibers professor of the Fine Arts Department of East Tennessee State University to assist her in her studio and classroom. I provide assistance in her studio maintenance and various tasks to help with her personal research.

East Tennessee State University- Slocumb Galleries Intern February 2017- May 2018

As a gallery intern, I helped with all the works of an art gallery. I helped install, take down and pack the shows Slocumb Galleries hosted. I was also a part of the team that prepares receptions for their show openings. We advocated the arts throughout our campus.

 

East Tennessee State University- Graduate Admissions Specialist’s Student Worker August 2016-February 2017

As an Admissions Specialist’s Student Worker, I organized the documents that are sent in by the applying

student. I also assisted the Specialist in phone calls, scheduling, and organizing students’ admissions files.