College Arts Scholars Arts Awards
Since 2007, the designation of “Arts Scholar” has primarily been offered to a small group of rising fourth-year students through grants used for intensive summer pursuit of arts experiences, either in Charlottesville or at sites around the world—from Hamburg to Ghana. A dance student spent the summer of 2008 in residency with a company in New York, studying both modern and ballet technique while learning new repertory with this internationally renowned company. “This was one of the best experiences of my life so far,” she said of her summer work. “I started the program as a student who studied dance. I left as a dancer.” College Arts Scholars also enabled a student majoring in Studio Art to spend his summer immersed in the artistic environment of the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. in preparation for the writing of his Distinguished Majors thesis in the fall of 2009. As he tells us, “my experience with the Hirshhorn allowed me to grasp a fuller picture of the museum’s function in the nexus it shares with the art history academy and art practice itself.” Other Arts Scholars pursued similarly ambitious programs of study in repertory theater, sculpture, dance, and musical performance around the nation and the world.
At this time, Arts Scholars Awards will be offered to a limited number of rising fourth-year College Art Scholars to support a summer Arts related experience. By April 1, rising fourth-year Arts Scholars should email to the program director a 1-2 page proposal illustrating how this award will support research or a particular project in the arts. A committee of arts faculty will read the proposals and select one Arts Scholar representing studio art, music, drama, and dance to receive the support. Award recipients will be notified by May 1.
- Student must have a 3.6 GPA, minimum
- Student is majoring in the arts
- Standing within the department
- Student has attended CASS 1010
- Student has participated in Arts Scholars events each semester
- Quality of the proposal
By September 30, each Arts Scholar Arts Award recipient will prepare a one-page report relaying the outcome of his or her work and email it to the program director. Photos or research, music recordings, etc., will all be useful as part of this report. With permission, these reports and proposals will be showcased at this website.