The Arts Council of the Eastern Shore

The Arts Council of the Eastern Shore (ACES) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the people of Accomack and Northampton Counties, Eastern Shore of Virginia.

2014 ACES Scholarship Winners

ACES Awarded 9 Scholarships to Eastern Shore Arts Students


Back row: Scholarship recipients left to right, back row —Cody Simms (University of Virginia – Architecture), Jeremy Lawrence (William & Mary – Theatre), Kierstin Kratzer (Virginia Commonwealth University – Dance, Choreography), Andrew Lewis (Christopher Newport University – Music), Patrice Glover (Virginia Wesleyan University – Voice, Theatre), Dallas Simms (University of Virginia – Media Studies/Art), Katrina Fread (Virginia Commonwealth University – Art Education) and John Wagner (Virginia Commonwealth University – Kinetic Imaging).  Absent recipient:  Elizabeth Pruitt (Old Dominion University – Art Education).

Front row: Scholarship Committee members Randy Stuart, Jim Goldstine and Dr. Dawn Goldstine.  


The Arts Council of the Eastern Shore (ACES) presented scholarships to nine students who have chosen to study an arts-related field in college. The winners and their families, the ACES Board of Directors and the Scholarship Committee honored the recipients at Ker Place in Onancock with a lovely reception on Sunday, June 8.  The ACES scholarships are designed to encourage local talented youth to pursue careers in the arts.


Katrina Fread, a recent graduate of Nandua High School, will attend Virginia Commonwealth University to study art education.  She has exhibited in the Art League competition and completed various projects.

Patrice Glover, a recent graduate of Nandua High School, will attend Virginia Wesleyan University and plans to study musical performance and theatre.  She has appeared in North Street Playhouse productions, playing various roles.

Kierstin Kratzer, a home school student with a diploma from Keystone National High School, will attend Virginia Commonwealth University and plans to study dance and choreography.  She has worked with the Virginia Ballet Theatre and performed with the Eastern Shore draMAStic dance works.

Jeremy Lawrence, a 2013 graduate of Nandua High School, is attending William & Mary where he is studying theatre arts.  He’s performed in multiple North Street Playhouse productions and had an internship at the Peterborough Playhouse in New Hampshire last summer.

Andrew Lewis, a 2012 graduate of Northampton High School, is attending Christopher Newport University, where he is studying music performance and jazz.  In addition to his studies, Andrew is performing with several bands.

Elizabeth Pruitt, a 2013 graduate of Tangier High School, is attending Old Dominion University where she is studying art education.  She sells her art online and at events.

Cody Simms, a 2013 graduate of Broadwater Academy, is studying architecture at the University of Virginia.  Cody is inspired by recycled art and, with his brother, has developed several enterprises to produce new artistic forms from recycled items.

Dallas Simms, a 2013 graduate of Broadwater Academy, is attending the University of Virginia and studying media arts.  Dallas has engaged in several entrepreneurial art projects, including selling bracelet cuffs hand crafted from recycled belts.  He and his brother call their business “Enjoy the Journey.”

John Wagner, a 2013 graduate of Nandua High School, attends Virginia Commonwealth University and is studying kinetic imaging.  John has produced creative work in many art fields, but is especially attracted by the digital world; he expects that is where his future lies.


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