Art Scholarships

The academic field of art features many concentrations within its domain. Within this field you can study everything from art history to photography. While there are art scholarships for many of these concentrations, you'll first need to determine if it's the visual or the performing arts that interest you. After you've made that determination, you should be able to focus your art scholarship search so as to make the most of your efforts.

The major of visual arts is also referred to as fine arts or studio arts. In this field you generally choose a type of studio art, such as painting, and concentrate on that mode of expression. Examples of other concentrations include sculpture, print making, ceramics, animation, glass blowing, metalsmithing and textile arts. Classes in this major are not like the traditional college courses found in majors such as English or history. In the place of lectures and didactic instruction, you'll have studio time where you'll work on projects, develop your portfolio and learn the subtleties behind receiving and issuing criticism.

The performing arts include concentrations such as drama and theater arts, music performance and dance. These programs are offered in a wide range of formats and styles. Initially, you'll have to choose between a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program. When it comes to the performing arts, the BFA is generally more rigorous and the BA programs provide you with a broader, more well-rounded educational experience. Which style of program will work best for you depends on what you plan on doing after you graduate.

The employment prospects for these varied fields is hardly a concise picture. Job opportunities vary dramatically depending on what you study. Clearly, fields such as digital art and graphic design feature a rosier employment picture over the coming decade than a major such as dance. But even this intuitive fact is not set in stone. When it comes to graphic design the current trend is to farm out the basic design work to oversees firms. And while the field of dance is overcrowded with talented graduates, there are a growing number of job opportunities is areas such as dance education and arts administration.

Follow the links below to learn more about art scholarships. 

American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

One-year support for women who will have earned a doctoral degree by November 15. Sixteen fellowships are available: four each in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, one unrestricted, and one designated for a woman from an underrepresented minority group in any field. Designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible.

Robert Griffith Scholarship Fund

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Art & Design Undergraduate students in any area of concentration in the School of Art and Design.

Harry Moore Memorial Scholarship In The Arts

* One scholarship awarded annually worth up to US$10,000 per annum * For study at the undergraduate and graduate levels with preference given to the latter * Approved fields of study are the fine, visual and performing arts, as well as arts education * Samples or work and/or auditions and interviews are required * Candidates must fill out the Academic Scholarship Application Form as well as the Arts Supplement Form Giving primarily in the Bahamas.

Rawley Silver Award for Excellence

Criteria: 1. Must be enrolled or accepted in a graduate approved art therapy program. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farm Workers

Funded by a bequest from Berrien Fragos Thorn, creative arts scholarships have been initiated in order to foster and encourage the creative talents of individuals with a history of migration to obtain work in agriculture. Eligible applicants must demonstrate an interest in pursuing further development of their talents in one of the following disciplines: Visual-painting, sculpture, photography, etc. Performing-dance, theatre, music, etc. Media-film, video, animation, computer graphics, etc. Literary-poetry, short stories, etc. Crafts-traditional folk arts, furniture, weaving, pottery, etc. There are two options in applying for funding: I. Grants under $500.00 No deadline for application-requests will be reviewed case-by-case Complete Sections A and C of the application II. Grants up to $2,500.00 awarded semi-annually A budget or documentation of expenses must be submitted with the application. Money may be used for workshops, materials, study with a mentor, course enrollment, mileage, lost wages

Art Scholarships Pennies for Art

Senior in a Massachusetts high school. Scholarships of $800 will be awarded and sent to the accredited art school/college of the recipient's choice.

John F. & Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is open to American citizens, both men and women, single or married, irrespective of race, creed or color, who aim to make art their profession. The age limit is between 18 and 35 years.

Charles O. McGaughey Leadership Award

Eligibility: * Awarded to students with a B average or above. * Preference will be given to degree-seeking students in the College of Arts and Sciences or the Kelley School of Business. * Academic excellence and financial need are required.

Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship

The Allen Lee Hughes Fellowship Program was established to increase participation of people of color in professional theater. It is an attempt to break the cycle of exclusion and disengagement that has created a severe schortage of trained minority arts administrators, artisans and technicians. Type: Undergraduate Study Internship Program Class standing Freshman - Sophomore - Junior - Senior - Discipline/Area of Study Arts/Humanities Citizenship U.S. Citizen Permanent Resident Other Visa Status Submission Requirements: Transcripts Current college Letters of Recommendation 2 one academic, one professional Resume Personal Essay responses to specified questions cover letter indicating your interests, interview

Stuart Walston, Inc. Scholarship Endowment (For Barton College)

Full time students at Barton College maintaining a minimum GPA average of 2.50. First preference is given to student majoring in Art.

ChiGems Art & Poetry Scholarship

Amount of Award: $250.00 awarded every other month - 6 awards per yearApplication Requirements/Description: Scholarship for high school students in grades 9 through 12.You must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Students in grades 9-12 currently enrolled in a public or non-public schools in the United States, and adult non-professionals who wish to continue their art education. The scholarship will be distributed to any accredited school in the United States.Art will be judged on:Beauty- (Beauty is in eye of the beholder) 1. Repeating shapes, patterns, and symmetry. 2. Use of color, especially colors that complement or enhance each other. 3. Textures, both visual and physical (like thick, impasto paint). 4. Crops and compositions that focus the eye and keep the viewers’ attention. 5. Movement or flow to guide viewers through the art. 6. Correct or appealing proportions of figures and objects. 7. PresentationThe essays are judged two ways: 1. Need based - Determined by the financial needs of the student. Explain to us why you need this scholarship. 2. Merit based - Determined by how a student has affected his/her community for the better. Explain how you have contributed to your community and why you deserve this scholarship.Essays are required to have a minimum of 250 to a maximum of 500 words.

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