Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC)

Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award


Arts patron Ida F. Haimovicz developed her artistic talent as a sculptor late in life, but as she grew older she wished that she had started much sooner. Because of this, she wanted to encourage young people to develop and pursue their talent in visual art while they are young. In her memory, her family created an endowment with the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (AHCMC). AHCMC gratefully recognizes the Family of Ida F. Haimovicz for their generous gift to endow this award


This award is given to a high school senior graduating in the class of 2014 who is enrolled in a public or non-public high school in Montgomery County to benefit his/her pursuit of a visual arts career. The $3,000 Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award for 2014 will be granted following a juried selection process that is based upon artistic merit of the original work submitted and the applicant’s potential for a visual arts career, not financial need.


An applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a Montgomery County resident
  • Be enrolled full-time during the fall semester of their senior year in a public or non-public high school located in Montgomery County, and
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5.

Applications Deadline

Applications for the 2014 Award must be submitted via the online application system by Friday, May 2nd, 2014 at 11:59pm.  Below are the 2014 guidelines and application materials for your reference:

2014 Haimovicz Guidelines 
2014 Haimovicz Application

Application Preparation Assistance

AHCMC staff will provide assistance to those applying for the Haimovicz Visual Arts Award. Applicants are encouraged to contact AHCMC with any questions they may have. Assistance is available via email, phone or in-person by contacting Robert Hanson at or 301-565-3805.


 2013 Recipient: Gahyun (Esther) Kim

Join us on June 11th for a reception celebrating Gahyun ‘Esther’ Kim, 2013 recipient of the Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award! Her work will be on display at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery and Music Room Monday, June 10 to Friday, June 28.

Esther is a graduating senior at T. S. Wootton High School and the Visual Art Center at Albert Einstein High School. This fall, she plans to attend the Rhode Island School of Design. She has not yet declared a major, but is leaning heavily towards pursuing art. Esther has been involved in MCPS’s Visual Art program held at Einstein High School for three consecutive years. In addition, she has enrolled in after-school classes at both OpenArt Studio and Shineh Art Studio. Esther has previously participated and received recognition in the Maryland Federal Duck Stamp Competition, the Scholastic Inc. Art and Writing Awards, the YoungArts Awards in Visual Arts, and the Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery’s 14th Annual Exhibition. She was inducted into the National Art Honor Society at her high school, and is also a budding cellist. She has performed with the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra for seven consecutive years and the Maryland All State Orchestra for three years. She lives with both of her parents and sister, who is a flutist in the MCYO as well.


About the Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award

The Ida F. Haimovicz Visual Arts Award, now in its sixteenth year, was established by the family of the late Ida F. Haimovicz to support a Montgomery County high school senior intent on pursuing a visual arts career. The Haimovicz award, a cash award of $3,000, is administered by the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

At age 64, Mrs. Haimovicz, a resident of North Bethesda, attended a sculpture class at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. This class started Mrs. Haimovicz on a much-loved hobby, says her son Joseph Hamer. "She began sculpting at home, but the clay became heavier and heavier as she grew older. She realized that she should have started much earlier in life." Mrs. Haimovicz wanted to provide financial aid to deserving high school students to enjoy their creativity while still young.

Past recipients

  • Samantha Ritchie (2012)
  • Daniel Toretsky (2011)
  • Aaron Kuhn (2010)
  • Elena Hutchinson (2009)
  • Brooke Kao (2008)
  • Hannah Wides (2007)
  • Jamie Eakin (2006)
  • Rebecca Sugar (2005)
  • Julia Chiplis (2004)
  • Christine Wang (2003)
  • Gabriel Abrantes (2002)
  • Brendan Wiuff (2001)
  • Justin Craun (2000)
  • James Johnson (1999)
  • Rachel Cox (1998)