The Society of Bluffton Artists awards the annual Naomi McCracken Fellowship

Liam Giblin, a graduate of Bluffton High School, was awarded this year’s Naomi McCracken Scholarship.

The Society of Bluffton Artists honored Giblin at a special reception June 17 at SOBA Gallery in Old Town Bluffton.

“The scholarship is presented annually to a deserving local graduate who is pursuing a major in the field of art at the college level,” reads a press release.

Giblin was an AP student who graduated in the top 10% of his class. In addition to art, he participated in the marching band and the orchestra. He also volunteered at Heroes on Horseback.

Giblin plans to attend Winthrop University in Rock Hill majoring in illustration. He likes to work in black and white with ink washes, as well as in charcoal.

Emmett McCracken, whose mother was a founding member of SOBA, and Mary Ann Burgeson, president of SOBA, presented Giblin with the scholarship. He plans to pursue a career in newspapers and magazines.

When Naomi McCracken died in 2006, her family requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the SBBA. In the spring of 2007, his son Emmitt McCracken and then-SOBA president Dave Dickson established the scholarship program.

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