CVCAF Announces Art Award Winner at Idyllwild Arts Academy



Contact:      Elizabeth Wood Coldicutt, CVCAF President      

Rancho Mirage, CA – June 30, 2017 – The Caroline Victoria Coldicutt Arts Foundation (CVCAF) today announced its annual Caroline Victoria Coldicutt Art Award will be granted to Benjamin Cruz, a senior and Visual Arts major at  Idyllwild Arts Academy.

“We are delighted that Benjamin won our 2017 art award, and very deservingly won the 2017 Gold Medal Portfolio Winner of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” stated Elizabeth Wood Coldicutt.  Benjamin spoke in an article for Scholastic Art & Writing about his work, “Circles and squares are recurring shapes in my work.  The circle is a representation of cycles and historical continuity because it’s a shape with no beginning and no end.  Squares do not exist in immediate and visible nature, therefore, I use square and rectangular shapes to disrupt the organic forms of humans….”

The CVCAF Art scholarship is paid annually from an endowment that was established at Idyllwild Arts Academy in January 2011. The annual art award is based on artistic merit as well as financial need and is in recognition of an Idyllwild Arts student’s outstanding achievement in any creative form – fine art, music, film, theatre, writing and dance.

 About Idyllwild Arts Academy

The Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA provides pre-professional training in the arts and a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum to a diverse student body of 300 gifted young artists from over 40 countries.  Idyllwild offers a disciplined college preparatory program for grades 9-12 and post-graduates along with world-class training in creative writing, dance, film & video, interdisciplinary arts, music, theatre and visual art.

 About the CVC ARTS Foundation

The Caroline Victoria Coldicutt Arts Foundation (CVCAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation formed in 2006 to commemorate the artistic passion of Caroline Victoria Coldicutt (1987 – 2004).  The CVCAF offers three main initiatives to inform and assist aspiring student artists about how they can implement their creative ideas that can positively impact their families, schools, communities and the world.  Our philanthropic efforts include offering support to young artists through scholarships and art outreach to various schools in the US, Canada, Bali and China.

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

The Caroline Victoria Rose for the Arts 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 feature film documentary narrated by Michael York, has been gifted to over 200 college and university libraries in the US and Canada to support student film education.  Our documentary was aired on Turner Classic Movies in 2016 and 2018, (receiving a first-ballot Emmy nomination) as well as winning an honorary Satellite award and Best Film award at the Universal Film Festival. DVD sales provide funding for art outreach programs.

CVCAF Gallery, showcases our donated artworks for sale featuring artists such as Alexandre Renoir, Alphonse Mucha, Jean Miro and Marc Chagall.

For more information about CVCAF or to make a donation, please visit


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