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Junior Summer Study Award in Studio Art

The Junior Summer Study Award in Studio Art was established in 2000 by a Franklin & Marshall alumnus who currently wishes to remain anonymous. The Junior Summer Study Award in Studio Art provides up to $1,500 (possibly more with higher expenses) to help a junior Studio Art Major pursue studio interests, in any location and for any length of time, with preference to the summer between the junior and senior year.

This experience may take the form of a workshop, internship, apprenticeship, tutorial, formal working experience with an established artist or studio, or studio course taken at an arts center or school. The award may be used for travel, living expenses, stipend (in the case of unpaid apprenticeships, for example), or other costs (such as the purchase of materials).

Because the Junior Summer Study Award in Studio Art is a competitive grant, candidates must submit a formal application to the Department of Art and Art History. Deadline for submissions is 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, 2014 (Thursday of the week that students are back from spring break).

Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop their proposals in consultation with a studio faculty member. Faculty will help fine-tune project plans and can speak for applicants with whom they've worked in the department's meeting to choose a winner.

The selection committee will consider evidence of a candidate's preparation to undertake his/her proposed program as well as artistic talent and accomplishment.

Candidates should submit the following application materials electronically as an email attachment:

1) The Summer Study/Travel Awards Cover Sheet (Art's version). Download the form here.

2) A copy of your latest unofficial F&M transcript.

3) A biographical essay of about 500 words describing your education, interests, achievements, personal goals, background in art, and other relevant factors.

4) A statement of about 500 words about your project or internship; its objectives, how you will achieve them, its connection to your interests, background, and goals, where and for, or with, whom you will be working, why you have made this particular choice, specific information about the work site, and how you will share the results with others.

5) A budget of all expected expenses (download the form here). Show all expenses expected for the project, even if over $1500; explain how you will pay for any expenses over the amount of the award, so that the committee can judge whether your budget is realistic and your project is feasible. Also show the requested stipend (if any). After funds are awarded, for tax reasons, you cannot shift monies between stipend and expenses.

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee chosen by the Department of Art and Art History. The winner or winners of the award will be notified in early April, after deliberations are completed.

As a condition of this grant, students who are funded by the Junior Summer Study Award in Studio Art are required to give a formal presentation/demonstration to the college community, showing what they learned as a result of their experience, and participate in the College Research Fair, as appropriate. They must also submit a short report or journal that documents their experience.

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