Arts Festival Foundation honors Katie Childs

Jun 23, 2017
“Giant Pacific Octopus,” Katie Childs

Selected artworks by the 2017 Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation scholarship artist Katie Childs is on exhibit in the Edmonds Art Commission display case in the Frances Anderson Center through July 28.

Childs grew up in Edmonds and attended Meadowdale High School, where she received academic honors and specialized in film studies. While attending community college, she switched her focus from film to studio art and education.

In 2013, with help from the scholarship, Childs transferred to Central Washington University, where she graduates this month with a bachelor’s in history and minors in studio art and museum studies.

Childs learned how to use stippling with pen and ink in school and fell in love with the technique. Both in her schoolwork and in her art, she has always had a love of understanding the world around her and she found that stippling was an excellent exercise in discerning and depicting details in natural forms.

She is currently working at the Pacific Science Center on the “Terracotta Warriors” Chinese ceramic exhibit, and is an interpretation volunteer for Seattle Aquarium and Woodland Park Zoo.

She eventually hopes to work in science and conservation education.

The Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation annually provides post-secondary education visual arts scholarships to outstanding students, age 17 or older, who currently have a permanent address within the Edmonds School District.

Applicants must be pursuing full time post-secondary education in the visual arts at an accredited art school, college or university, and must have graduated from high school by August of the year of application.

The EAFF scholarship committee selects students based on a review of applications, individual interviews and portfolio presentations. Students may reapply each year that they remain in a visual arts curriculum.

Funding of these scholarships are made possible through the support of volunteers, patrons of the arts, and visitors to the annual Edmonds Arts Festival, which was held over the weekend.

For more information on the scholarship program, go

For information about The Edmonds Arts Commission, go to


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