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Visual Art Scholarship Award Application Form

Online Application Deadline: Friday, March 26th, 2021

Each year the Department of Visual Art awards scholarships to continuing students majoring in visual art. This is an important opportunity for students to exhibit their work and possibly earn a scholarship. Participating students are required to submit a body of work for the jurying process. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, this years Scholarship show will be an online exhibition.  Selected  artwork will be exhibited on the Art Department’s website.  

Participating students will submit up to 10 images (including 2 detail shots if necessary) via SlideRoom. A committee of seven faculty members, one from each studio area, will jury the student work displayed in the exhibition and award scholarships for 2021-22. Some work will be selected to be included in the online Scholarship show at the end of April. All eligible Visual Art students are encouraged to participate. There will be a mandatory Zoom  meeting for participating students on Monday, March 22nd at 5:30 pm. During this meeting we will discuss how to submit images via SlideRoom, how to properly photograph your work, and general Q&A. If you can’t attend the meeting email Michael McCaffrey, mcaffrey@ku.edu 

The online exhibition is open to the public, and students are encouraged to invite friends and family to view the exhibition. 

Eligibility requirements for scholarship consideration:

Official major in the Department of Visual Art
Continued, full-time enrollment as a Visual Art major for 2021-22*
3.0 overall GPA**

*If fewer than 12 credit hours are needed to meet graduation requirements, less than full-time enrollment is possible with department approval.
**Exceptions are sometimes made to the GPA requirement. Applicants can provide a written appeal and rationale on the online form. 
For example: the cumulative GPA is lower than 3.0, but is expected to meet the requirement after the current grading period, OR there are other extenuating circumstances affecting the current KU GPA.

Please fill out the form to indicate your intent to participate in the SCHOLARSHIP EXHIBITION. 

There will be a mandatory zoom meeting on Monday, March 22nd , 2021, at 5:30 p.m.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submission via slideroom
  • Open to all media
  • Students can submit up to 10 jpgs including 2 detail shots.
  • Images under  5MB each
  • Include title, date, medium, dimensions
  • Time-Based Art
    • 8 entries combining video/sound/image
    • Up to 4 video/sound under 2 minutes each
    • Video under 250 MB each
    • Audio under 30 MB each
    • File format: quicktime, .mov,.mp4,.mp3

Schedule & Important Dates:
March 22nd  Monday      Informational Meeting via Zoom w/Mike and Bryce

March 26th   Friday        Online application form due

April 16th     Friday        Images due in SlideRoom by Midnight

April 23rd     Friday        Committee meets to jury the work and award scholarships

April 24th     Saturday     Committee members from each area select student work to be exhibited on

                                        Visual Art Department’s website.

Please fill out the following online application.

Ex- If you've only taken first year classes you would be considered a freshman
(Directed Study I or II, Advanced Textiles I or II, Advanced Ceramics I or II, or Advanced Metalsmithing I or II)
To be considered for these Merit Plus Need Scholarships, students must complete the annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, so financial need can be determined. If you are on financial aid at KU and currently receiving Federal Assistance or Pell Grants, and you wish to be considered for a NEED BASED SCHOLARSHIP, please indicate that you have completed a FAFSA form.
I acknowledge and willingly submit my artwork to this competitive exhibition for scholarships. I understand the Department of Visual Art and the University of Kansas will not be responsible for any property that is submitted. Limited security arrangements will be utilized but the risk is mine. There is no insurance or other form of reimbursement for lost, damaged, or stolen goods. I accept this responsibility as part of my submission of artwork to this scholarship judging and exhibition. I also understand that if I am selected to receive a scholarship, I must be enrolled for credit in the Department of Visual Art during the period of the scholarship, and that the department may temporarily retain submitted work and use images for publication purposes. I understand that my work must stay in the exhibition until the official closing. If work is removed earlier, then I will be ineligible for scholarship funding. In addition, I understand that I must sign up and perform some committee work to help with the exhibition. Failure to participate in helping with the exhibition may result in ineligibility for scholarship funding. Please type your name and date.

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