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Department of Art Student Awards

Each spring term, the Department of Art presents a number of monetary awards to students on a competitive basis. For more information about these awards, contact FSU Art Advisor Elizabeth DiDonna.


Undergraduate Student Exhibition Award for Excellence in the Understanding and Appreciation of the Visual Arts

These cash awards are coupled with an exhibition of the selected works in the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House Building on the FSU Campus for one year (April 2016-April 2017).

Graduate Student Exhibition Award for Excellence in the Understanding and Appreciation of the Visual Arts

Recognizes the artistic talents of graduate students at Florida State University. Cash awards will be coupled with an exhibition of the selected works in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House on the FSU Campus for one year (April 2016-April 2017).

Application Portal Opens November 10th

The awards application portal is now open!

Applications Due January 12, 2017

Application Process

What is it: Each spring term, the Department of Art presents a number of monetary awards to students on a competitive basis. The Department of Art offers 33 awards each spring, ranging from $250 to $1000. Students must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing. Scroll down to the end of this webpage for a complete list of awards.

Selection Process: You will submit one well-designed application in one of the following categories: BA, BFA, MFA. The Award Selection Committee (comprised of Art Department faculty members) will then consider you for all of the awards for which you are eligible.

Due Dates: The Award Submission Portal will open on November 10. The submission deadline is January 12 at 11:59pm. The file size for each application is pretty large. So, please try to submit early. (If fifty people try to submit at 11:45pm on January 12, the system may crash!)

Application Strategy: Put all of your effort into making your single application clear, compelling, and informative. Here’s how:

  • Develop a concise yet compelling artist’s statement between 150 and 350 words in length. Start with a brief biographical statement, followed by a description of the ideas that drive your work. End with a brief description of the your primary medium (such as Printmaking, Painting, Digital Media, etc.) and how you use that medium to express your ideas. If you work equally in two focus areas, describe each of them briefly.

SPECIAL NOTE: If you are applying for an Ann Kirn Scholarship (a $1000 award), you must include a thoughtful description of the role that design plays in your studio practice.

Select the five to eight images that best represent your studio practice. Be sure that your images are photographed well and cropped as needed. File sizes should be less than 2MB. A video will be considered as one image. Submit your video to Vimeo or YouTube and provide a link within your application. A balance between breadth and depth is ideal. If no two images are related in any way, your submission can appear unfocused. If all of the images are extremely similar, you can come across as short on imagination.

SPECIAL NOTE: Most importantly, be sure all of the images presented are your very best. It is better to submit six great images than to submit six great ones and two weak ones.

  • Write a brief description of each image and provide the title, size and medium. This is a great opportunity to build on the general comments from your Artist’s Statement through specific information about each image.
  • Please avoid grammatical glitches in your application. They undermine your credibility.

SPECIAL NOTE: The application as a whole may evolve over several days and is likely to take many hours to complete. Putting the necessary time and thought into it will greatly improve your chances of success. Furthermore, once you have laid the groundwork with this application, you will be better prepared for future applications for awards on or off campus.

For more information about these awards, contact FSU Art Advisor Elizabeth DiDonna.

List of Awards by Academic Program

Graduate Awards

Andy McLaughlin Memorial Award

Given to outstanding art students (BA, BFA or MFA) for work exemplifying exceptional artistic achievement.

Jim Boone Endowed Art Scholarship

Given to two outstanding art students (BA, BFA or MFA) for work exemplifying exceptional achievement, with preference given to those whose work deals with social justice issues.

Mary Ola Miller Reynolds Award

Given to one graduate art student (MFA) demonstrating significant achievement in studio art.

MFA Award

Given to an outstanding graduate student in the MFA in Studio Art Program.

Exceptional Opportunities Award

This application is currently closed. Information on the Spring 2017 application is forthcoming.
Students can apply for funding to help with an amazing study or research opportunity!

This could be for:

  • Fulbright
  • International/National Arts Residency
  • International/National Arts Workshop
  • International/National Arts Conference Presentation
  • International/National Exhibition
  • Other Exceptional Opportunities

Florence Teaching Award

Awarded to graduating 3rd Year students. An annual Florence, Italy Teaching Fellowship is awarded in concert with FSU International Programs to one outstanding graduating MFA student. Recipient selected by faculty committee.

Awards Offered by the Graduate School

Wilson-Auzenne Assistantship for Minorities

  • For students currently enrolled OR to be admitted in Fall 2017
  • For students of African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Native-American descent
  • Students must be citizens of the U.S. (if they have a visa, certain codes are and are not eligible)
  • Students receive a $5000 stipend for their assistantship (through our department) for fall and spring terms
  • Department nomination deadline: January 18, 2017

Legacy (for incoming students)

  • For students admitted in Fall 2017
  • Students receive $10,000 annually for three years
  • Recipients also receive a health insurance subsidy
  • Recipients must participate in the Fellows Society
  • Note: students CAN complete an assistantship through our department
  • Department nomination deadline: January 23, 2013

Undergraduate Awards

Andy McLaughlin Memorial Award

Given to outstanding art students (BA, BFA or MFA) for work exemplifying exceptional artistic achievement.

Ann Kirn Scholarship

Given to undergraduate art students (BA, BFA) who demonstrate strong design skills. Works submitted should represent your best work in design and/or digital media.

Jim Boone Endowed Art Scholarship

Given to two outstanding art students (BA, BFA or MFA) for work exemplifying exceptional achievement, with preference given to those whose work deals with social justice issues.

Mary Brown Ostlund Scholarship

Given to one undergraduate art student (BA, BFA) demonstrating significant achievement in studio art.

Berlyn Arnett BA Award

Given to three outstanding BA art students for work exemplifying exceptional achievement.

BFA Award

Given to an outstanding undergraduate student in the BFA in Studio Art Program.

Foundations Award

Given to an outstanding student for work of exceptional artistic achievement in Foundations coursework (2D Foundations, 3D Foundations, Digital Imaging Foundations, Drawing Foundations).

Exceptional Opportunities Award

This application is currently closed. Information on the Spring 2017 application is forthcoming.

Students can apply for funding to help with an amazing study or research opportunity!

This could be for:

  • Fulbright
  • International/National Arts Residency
  • International/National Arts Workshop
  • International/National Arts Conference Presentation
  • International/National Exhibition
  • Other Exceptional Opportunities

Media Awards

Printmaking Award

Given to an outstanding student (BA, BFA or MFA) for work of exceptional artistic achievement in Printmaking.

Photography Award

Given to an outstanding student (BA, BFA or MFA) for work of exceptional artistic achievement in Photography.

Digital Media Award

Given to an outstanding student (BA, BFA or MFA) for work of exceptional artistic achievement in Digital Media.

Sculpture Award

Given to an outstanding student (BA, BFA or MFA) for work of exceptional artistic achievement in Sculpture.

Ceramics Award

Given to an outstanding student (BA, BFA or MFA) for work of exceptional artistic achievement in Ceramics.

Painting Award

Given to an outstanding student (BA, BFA or MFA) for work of exceptional artistic achievement in Painting.

Drawing Award

Given to an outstanding student (BA, BFA or MFA) for work of exceptional artistic achievement in Drawing.

Awards Available Through Nomination

Janice Hartwell Scholarship in Printmaking

Honors one outstanding student in the printmaking area. By faculty nomination only.

Small Craft Advisory Press Book Arts Award

Given to art students working in book arts. Recipient selected by faculty committee.

Joe & Cindy Johnson Purchase Award

Awarded to undergraduate and graduate art students. Purchased artworks become part of the Department of Art collection and the Art on Campus Initiative. Recipient selected by faculty committee.