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Art and Art History Departmental Scholarships:

Due March 9th, 2018

Scholarship applications are now closed. Please look forward to our next departmental scholarship competition March of 2019!

(Submissions received past the deadline will not be reviewed)

The Department of Art and Art History offers over $20,000 in merit-based awards for undergraduate students that are made possible through the generosity of donors.  Typically the funds associated with these awards defray tuition expenses.  A faculty committee reviews applications each spring semester and determines the number and amount of awards to be given. Typically, awards vary from $300 – $2,000.

How to Apply:
It is highly suggested that you work on your application and portfolio in the Visual Resources Center (VAC 310) and consult Lia Pileggi ( for assistance in this process. For other questions related to departmental scholarships, contact

All scholarships are now in MyCUInfo!
From MyCUInfo > Student tab > Financial Aid tab > Apply for Scholarships

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You will need to submit both the General Application and the Art & Art History Application.

You will need to prepare the following items depending on your major and degree:

Undergrad Application Requirements:

 Art History

  • writing sample, no longer than 20 pages
  • unofficial transcript

     Art Practices

  • Portfolio of 12 images
  • Artist Statement
  • Unofficial Transcript

Graduate Application Requirements:

  Art History

  • A statement of no more than three double-spaced pages that discusses your research interest, as well as your progress within the MA program. Within this narrative, please describe your future research projects, including, for example, your MA thesis.
  • Writing sample, no longer than 20 pages
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcript

     Art Practices

  • A statement of no more than three double-spaced pages that discusses your studio practice, as well as your progress within the MFA program. Within this narrative, please describe your future projects, including your MFA thesis.
  • Portfolio of eight images of work from the last year
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial Transcript

How to create a portfolio in Voicethread:

  • Make sure your images are formatted to be (1280 x 960 pixels or larger)
  • Click on the “Create” tab to upload your files.
  • Upload your images and application materials into your Voice Thread “Portfolio”. Don’t forget to resize to proper dimensions listed above.
  • In the title box include the number of the image and the title of the work.  (example: 1. Clouds)  In the description box include the following: materials, dimensions, year created, and any other information about the work you would like to include that corresponds to your image list. The final text should display in this format: 1. Clouds, oil on canvas, 24″x36″, 2017
  • Once you have completed your portfolio, you are ready to Share it.
  • Click on the “Share” button, and then click on the “Get a Link” button.

Important: In the “Who has access” dialogue box, make sure that the “Anyone to View” box is checked before you click the “Copy the Link” button. You will now click on the “Copy the Link” button, and paste the link into your application. The last field of the “Art and Art History Application” asks for the voicethread link. You will paste the link into this field. It is recommended you test the link and view the files in the VRC with Lia Peleggi to ensure the images display correctly.

Instructions for video work: When possible, try to upload moving image work to Upload either a short preview clip or a video still to Voice Thread and include the link to the complete work in the description below. If your video work is password protected, make sure to include the password.


Field School Graduate Scholarships

Due April 22, 2018

There are two 50% tuition scholarships available for the 2018 Field School. These are competitive awards and are open to CU Art & Art History Graduate students. To apply for a scholarship please email the following materials in a single PDF document to by April 6, 2017. In order to secure a spot in the course you should pre-register for the course if possible (see instructions below). Your PDF application should include a one-page letter of interest along with a personal website link or images of 10 recent works (completed within the last 4 years).

For more information about the Field School visit:


Graduate School Award: $6,000 Summer Fellowship

This opportunity is now closed. Please look forward to applying Spring 2019!
Due February 9, 2018

To be eligible for this award you must be a graduate student applying for funds the summer before your thesis semester. If you would like to be considered for this nomination please send a project proposal as a single PDF to by Friday, February 9th at 3pm. The proposal should aim to be 4-3 pages with no more than 5 images. One page should include a budget and project timeline. You will need a faculty member to write a one-page letter of recommendation for you if you are chosen. Please communicate with your faculty and let them know you might need their letter if you are selected. Only one student from the department will be nominated for this award. The Graduate School will determine the final awardees.