CVCAF Announces Art Award Recipient at The Academy, Palm Desert


Elizabeth Wood Coldicutt, CVCAF President 

Rancho Mirage, CA – June 5, 2015 – The Caroline Victoria Coldicutt Arts Foundation (CVCAF) today announced that its annual CVCAF Art Award for 2015/2016 will be granted to Reese Gerber, a 6th grade student at The Academy, Palm Desert, CA.

The Caroline Victoria Coldicutt Art Award is given each year to an Academy student that exhibits outstanding talent in art,” said Elizabeth Wood Coldicutt, president of the CVCAF. “The purpose of the CVCAF scholarship award is to inspire students to reach their highest level of achievement in their art discipline and to encourage and support student artists toward their creative endeavors. We are pleased to honor Reese for her dedication and talent as a young artist.”

According to Ms. Julie Houze, middle school teacher at The Academy, “Reese Gerber has been a student at the Academy since it first opened its doors in 2011. Everyone who knows Reese is aware of her fun and quirky personality and contagious spirit. Her individuality and sense of fun is reflected in her artwork, and this year she was chosen by the City of Palm Desert as the first place winner in the 6th grade for her individual art piece which reflected the theme, Palm Desert Through My Eyes. I believe she will continue to explore her artistic expression as she continues to grow and mature, but hope she will never lose her unique essence because that is what we love about her and her art!”


The CVCAF Art award is based on merit as well as financial need and is in recognition of an art student’s outstanding achievement in any creative form – fine art, music, film, photography and dance.

About the Caroline Victoria Arts Foundation

The Caroline Victoria Coldicutt Arts Foundation (CVCAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2006 to commemorate the artistic passion of Caroline Victoria Coldicutt.

The CVCAF offers three initiatives to inform and assist aspiring student artists about how they can implement their creative ideas that can positively impact their families, schools and communities. These initiatives include:

  • Offering financial support to young artists through art scholarships and awards at various schools in the US and Canada. Since 2006, the CVCAF has awarded over 70+ scholarships and awards to students at the following schools:
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, B.C.;
  • Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA;
  • Palm Valley School, Rancho Mirage, CA;
  • Shawnigan Lake School, Vancouver Island, B.C.;
  • St. Margaret’s School, Palm Desert, CA; and
  • The Academy, Palm Desert, CA.

Providing funding for our CVCAF Arts Education Outreach Program which include sponsorship and partnering with numerous schools and organizations such as:

  • Aviva High School, Los Angeles – Summer Arts Program (a special education school for abused and neglected adolescent girls);
  • College of the Desert, Palm Desert, CA – Fine arts department;
  • Creative Visions, Malibu, CA – “Rock Your World” arts education;
  • Dandelion School, Beijing, China – Art supplies for rural immigrant children;
  • Desert Christian School, Bermuda Dunes, CA – School arts program;
  • Diamonds in the Raw, Los Angeles – Film boot camp (for foster care and at-risk teen girls);
  • Guanyindang Primary School, Jingzhou, China –Art supplies for children;
  • Horrace Mann Middle School, Los Angeles, CA – School arts program;
  • John Thomas Dye, Bel Air, CA – School arts program;
  • LAA/Pegasus, Palm Desert, CA – Art auction;
  • Mary Pickford Film Institute, Los Angeles, CA – Film boot camp for at-risk students;
  • Mobile Film Classroom, Los Angeles, CA – Mobile film classroom for at-risk students; and
  • Our Father’s Home (Orphanage), Bali, Indonesia – Art supplies and related art material for children.

Funding for our scholarships, awards and arts education outreach are provided through sales of the following CVCAF programs:  

–    Caroline Victoria Rose for the Arts, our hybrid tea rose, provides a lasting reminder of the beauty art brings to the lives of each and every one of us;

–    Mary Pickford – The Muse of the Movies, our dvd film documentary, won Best Film in the 2014 Universal Film Festival and a Satellite Award from the International Press Academy in 2009; and

–    CVCAF Gallery featuring artworks for sale by artists Alexandre Renoir, Alphonse Mucha, Jean Miro and Marc Chagall.

Introducing in late 2015 the Caroline Victoria Online Arts Festival (CVOAF), an initiative designed for student artists without boundaries. 

Your contribution or purchase directly supports the CVCAF’s goal toward becoming a self-sustaining organization that nurtures the creative spirit of young student artists.

For more information, please contact:

CVC Arts Foundation / CVCAF Gallery

73550 Alessandro Drive, Suite 201

Palm Desert, CA 92260





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