Award recipients are required to major in art or art history.

Art History Pre-screening Materials

Candidates for the art history merit scholarship should submit a short writing sample (max. 800 words) on an art historical topic, with visual analysis preferred. Applicants may choose to address any art historical theme they find interesting. Ideally, the writing sample will include the discussion of at least one work of art, with a focus on the analysis of the work's subject matter and style.

Art history candidates should also submit a résumé .

Studio Art Pre-Screening Materials

Candidates for the studio art merit scholarship should submit 10-20 images of artwork on a CD in JPEG format. Each JPEG should be sized between 300k and 500k. Images should be prepared in a professional manner: make sure that your images are in focus and cropped appropriately. On a separate sheet of paper, provide information about each image: title, year created, dimensions and media.

Studio art candidates should also submit a résumé and  a 250- to 350-word statement addressing these questions:

  • Why do you make art?
  • What concepts or subject matter do you focus on in your work, and why?
  • What materials, techniques and processes do you use to create your work?
  • Why do you want to major in studio art?

Send materials by Nov. 15 (Early Decision I candidates) or Januray 15. (Regular Decision and Early Decision II candidates); using SlideRoom.

On-Campus Competition

Finalists for arts merit scholarships will participate in these on-campus activities:

  • Studio artists: Present portfolios of 10-15 original works, or slides of original works, to faculty
  • Art historians: Interview with faculty, respond to exhibit pieces in Samek Art Gallery
  • All: Meet with current students, faculty and staff at afternoon luncheon and tour art facilities


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