Sandy Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Memorials given in Sandy’s name established the Sandy Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund, which continues to promote access to Guild program through financial assistance award to its students.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance through one of the Guild’s scholarship funds (including the Sandy Richardson Memorial Scholarship Fund), please use the application link during program registration or contact us for assistance.

An excerpt from Sandy’s obituary:

Sandra Zeiset Richardson of Seattle, Washington passed away on December 27, 2014 surrounded in love by her husband, family and friends.  Sandra was born April 30, 1957 and was raised in Bechtelsville, PA. Sandra met her husband Stan while living in Colorado. They were married in Seattle in 1981.

Sandra attended Eastern Mennonite College and the University of Washington, graduating in 1985 with a BA in Art Education. In 1988, she and her husband Stan became the directors of Camp Camrec, a Mennonite retreat center near Leavenworth, WA. During that time Sandra became associated with the Grunewald Guild, an art/faith community nearby. For the three years she lived at Camp Camrec, Sandra worked on her art in the Guild studio and made many long-term connections with that community. She later returned and both attended and taught classes during the Guild summer program. In 2005 she was named a “Guild Master” – persons whose work and life have become a ministry and inspiration.

In 1990, while still living at Camp Camrec, Sandra was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. This began her long journey living with a chronic disease but it did not break her spirit. Though the disease would ultimately limit her abilities and end her life, she lived fully during her time. Her roots as a Mennonite contributed to her love of community, and of peace and social justice. This also informed her artwork in many ways.

Sandra was an artist at heart and saw the world in a different way. Her artwork was narrative and figurative, covering many subjects from humor to political justice, personal introspection to social commentary. She worked primarily in ceramics but also printmaking, painting, and metal sculpture. Her distinctive figurative style is immediately recognizable. Her artwork has been shown in several Seattle and national galleries over her more than thirty-year career and is in numerous private collections, museums, and institutions.