Scholarship Funds

Elizabeth Charles Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund

Elizabeth Charles Emerging Artist Scholarship

Elizabeth Charles believed in the arts as a vehicle for self expression and as a means to develop a deeper understanding of our humanity. As a student, Elizabeth actively championed human equity and diversity. In 2020, the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center and Elizabeth's father, Norm Charles, established the fund in her honor. Initial funding has been provided by Norm Charles and Phyllis Mellon, as well as additional funders who seek to continue her championship by supporting emerging Michigan artists and amplifying their voices through monetary award and promotions.

Application Guidelines and Purpose:

The Elizabeth Charles Emerging Artist Scholarship is designed to support emerging artists studying the visual arts, artists seeking to establish a professional presence, or artists seeking to enhance an emerging presence. Preference will be given to artists with a vision for or emphasis on enhancing awareness and equity across race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or ethnicity. Annually awarded funds provide access to up to $1000 through a competitive award.

To Donate to the Elizabeth Charles Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund:

Checks in any amount may be made to the Capital Region Community Foundation (CRCF), Elizabeth Charles Emerging Artist Scholarship Fund (Fund 623).

For More Information Contact: Michelle Carlson, Executive Director, Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center, 517-574-4521,

Erin Warmels Scholarship Fund

The Erin Warmels Scholarship Fund was created in 2016 in memory of Erin Warmels, a former Lansing Art Gallery exhibiting artist. Erin’s experience included education at Kendall College of Art and Design, as well as exhibiting in the greater Lansing area. Lansing Art Gallery provides scholarships for students in need to cover the costs of classes, camps, supplies, and application fees. Additionally, merit scholarships are provided for Art Scholarship Alert and the Michigan Collegiate Art Exhibition.

Funds generated from the Erin Warmels Scholarship Fund will provide visual arts experiences, supplies, and awards. Your tax-deductible contribution will:

Support the arts in our community. Continuing the tradition of excellence established over decades of community investment, your gift will help fulfill our mission.

Help artists grow. Your gift will help Lansing Art Gallery and Education Center offer additional opportunities for Michigan artists.

Support Michigan artists. Please give today to sustain the gallery’s generations to come. Whether $1 or $1,000, your gift will support visual arts education.