This award endowment was given to the department by Russ Pitman in honor of Jessie Matthews, a Houston antiques business woman, to recognize outstanding achievement and/or distinguished merit in painting, drawing, printmaking, or sculpture.
Miss Jessie owned an antiques business for years on Westheimer in Houston, Texas, named “Caroline Antiques;” so named since the former location was on Caroline Street where they started the business. Her husband, Captain Clavy Mason Matthews was ship’s captain in the Merchant Marine was the source of acquiring good antiques in European ports.
Miss Jessie was a prolific artist, supplying a wide selection of her paintings for sale in her shop. This award is given to one studio art student.