Art Awards

The Department of Studio Art offers a variety of different art awards to assist and honor students who show strong potential and who wish to pursue their artwork.

Studio Art - Project Submission

Class of '77 Grant

The Class of 1977 Grant of $1,000 (established 2015) will be awarded to a Studio Art major. This grant will support a collaborative art project with another student, either cross departmental or with an outside organization.

To apply for the grant, the student must be an art major interested in pursuing a career in the arts after graduation. Applicants must submit a portfolio of work in addition to a proposal indicating his/her ideas and how (s)he will use the grant. Studio Art faculty will review all submissions and the award recipient will be notified.

The recipient will be required to give a presentation at the culmination of his/her project in order to share with the department and larger community how (s)he came up with the project concept, worked through the process, as well as provide an opportunity for review of the project outcome.

Elizabeth Michelman, the 1977 class liaison, will meet with the student to write a story and take photos to be included in the class of 1977 Newsletter.

Applicants must apply by the end of Winter Term. The recipient will be announced during Spring Term at the award ceremony. This two-term project will take place over the Summer and Fall terms with the final presentation occurring at the beginning of Winter Term.

Studio Art - Recognition for work

Perspectives on Design (POD)

The POD (Perspectives on Design) award was established anonymously in 1992 and is given annually to the graduating senior(s) whose accomplishments in studio art are judged by the faculty of the Department of Studio Art to be the most worthy of recognition. In addition to a monetary award, the winner will be afforded the opportunity to have an exhibition of his or her work in the department's regular gallery space, including support for mounting and advertising the exhibition.

Studio Art - Recognition for work

Robert Read Prize

This prize was established as a descriptive geometry award in a bequest by Robert Leland Read, an alumnus of the Class of 1864, who served much of his career as a civil engineer with railroads in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. As descriptive geometry is no longer in the curriculum, the prize is now awarded for work in the graphic arts.

Studio Art - Recognition of work

Wolfenden Fine Arts Prize

Established in 1987 in honor of the late Josephine Wolfenden, wife of the faculty member and a student for many years of Paul Sample, the Wolfenden Fine Arts Prize is a cash award given to a student for demonstrated proficiency in painting, sculpture or draughtsmanship.

Studio Art - Project Submission

Melissa Brown Hurlock-Hobson 1993 Award

The Melissa Brown Hurlock-Hobson 1993 Award Fund was established in July 2002 in honor of Melissa Brown '93. Melissa was a studio art major, intern and POD Award recipient. She received a Reynolds Scholarship to study Aboriginal art and culture in Australia and then went on to complete an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute. After a long struggle with breast cancer, Melissa passed away on December 26, 2001. The award was established in recognition of Melissa's commitment and achievement as an artist. In her memory, an annual award is presented to a student who demonstrates accomplishments preferably in the area of printmaking, painting, sculpture, drawing or photography. Priority is given to an already established art student who submits a proposal for a special project to the Department Chair, or a sophomore with outstanding potential in the artistic areas specified. The award is designed to recognize outstanding accomplishments, and to help provide recipients with the means to pursue their artistic aspirations as outlined in student proposals.

Studio Art - Recognition for work

Adelbert Ames Fine Arts Award

The Adelbert Ames Fine Arts Award was established in 1962 by an anonymous donor involved in the early planning of the Hopkins Center, "in order to stimulate an interest in the connoisseurship and collection of works of art." Income is used to establish and keep replenished an Awards Collection of works of art from which award recipients may choose their awards.

Note: The Adelbery Ames Fine Arts Award is given by both the Department of Studio Art and the Department of Art History. Three winners are selected from each department.

Dartmouth College Scholarships

Marshall Scholarship for Graduate School

The Marshall Scholarship Program was established in 1953 to honor U.S. Secretary of State George C. Marshall and express Britain’s gratitude for economic assistance received through the Marshall Plan after World War II.

Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. Each year, 40 scholars are selected to spend two years in graduate school at a British University, with all expenses paid by the British government. Third-year extensions are granted by the Commission on a limited basis, for strong academic reasons, subject to the availability of funds.

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

Former Marshall Scholars include Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and New York Times Foreign Affairs columnist Thomas Friedman.

The Marshall Scholarship is a prestigious award that funds two years of study in the UK. Students can study at Glasgow, Royal College of Art, Chelsea, and more. Marshall Scholarship candidates need a minimum GPA of 3.7. For more information, please contact visit the website or contact Jessica G. Smolin.

The Class of 1961 Arts Initiative Fund

Undergraduates are invited to apply for support of student enterprises in the arts. This award is funded by members of the Class of 1961 in order to enable talented Dartmouth undergraduates to undertake special projects in the arts. Particular interest will be given to those projects that “stand alone”—that is, projects that are not undertaken as senior fellowships or honors projects, or are affiliated with student organizations. The fund makes up to $1,500 available to sponsor student-initiated projects in the performing and visual arts. Application is open to single or group projects.

Studio Art - Work

The Class of 1960 Curatorial Fellow

This award was establish in 2014 by the Class of 1960 to enable a student to curate exhibitions in the student run art gallery in the Black Family Visual Arts Center.

Each year the fellow will curate, coordinate and oversee 4-6 exhibitions of Dartmouth students in the gallery.  This involves soliciting artwork, curating work, installing and de-installing exhibitions, preparing labels, writing publicity, and organizing receptions.

The Robert Dance '77 Initiative Fund

The Robert Dance ’77 Fund enables talented Dartmouth undergraduates to undertake special projects in the arts. Preference is given to performing or visual arts projects that are “site specific works,” created for venues other than traditional galleries, theaters or auditoriums. Outdoor venues, residential spaces, and dining halls are among the sites which might be appropriate. The fund makes a total of up to $4,300 available to sponsor major student projects in the performing and visual arts. Undergraduate students and organizations are eligible to apply

Dartmouth College Scholarships

Fulbright Grants

Studio Art majors are encouraged to apply for Fulbright grants.

In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of proceeds from the sale of surplus war property to fund the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is now the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students, and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The U.S. Student Program currently awards approximately 1,100 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.  For comprehensive information on grant opportunities in a specific country, please visit participating countries on the Fulbright website.

Dr. Melina Gehring is the Fulbright Program Administrator (FPA) for Dartmouth.

The Hopkins Center and Hood Museum - Project submission

The Peter D. Smith Initiative Fund

The Peter D. Smith Student Initiative Fund was established for the support of student enterprises in the arts. It was established by the former Friends of the Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art and continues today with the support of the Membership Programs of the Hop and the Hood. It is intended to enable talented Dartmouth undergraduates to complete special projects in the arts. The fund makes up to $3,000 available to sponsor major original projects in the arts. Application is open to single or group projects.

The Class of 2001 Josh Morey Award for Travel

This award will enable a Studio Art major graduate(s) funds to travel and do research in relationship to his/her interest in the arts.