HUNTERSVILLE – Jessica Traugott, a recent Hopewell High School graduate, traveled to Malibu, Calif., last month to receive a $2,000 scholarship from Hollywood actress Jane Seymour.
Seymour serves as a spokeswoman for The Great Frame Up’s Creative Self-Expression Art Show, a national competition that Traugott won.
Students across the country submitted art to their local The Great Frame Up stores, where the art was judged by a panel of local art professionals and displayed for the community.
The work of each local finalist was then sent to the corporate office of Franchise Concepts Inc., in St. Louis, Mo. Traugott represented The Great Frame Up store in Huntersville, owned by Rich and Sandi Sampson.
“Sandi and I are very proud to have had her representing our store and all of the other wonderful young artists that were in our local competition in April,” Rich Sampson said.
A panel of judges, including Seymour, selected two national winners.
Traugott’s winning piece, entitled Unexpected, was viewed in Jane Seymour’s personal art studio at her Malibu home.
Traugott plans to attend The Art Center College of Design to study entertainment design and is considering a minor in illustration. She hopes to pursue a career in concept art for movies and video games, while selling personal works.