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Research in Arts Scholarship

The Research in Arts Scholarship represents a creative partnership between the Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the School of Art, bringing together two elements: financial support and comprehensive training in research skills and professional development. Under the direction of School of Art faculty member Mary Campbell and OUR program directors, Research in Arts Scholarship recipients participate in the School of Art Art History in Paris (ARTH 173) and produce research-based art projects from idea to installation. This program is directly based on a program created by the University of South Florida.

The deadline to apply for the 2018 scholarship is March 9.

  • Research in Arts Scholarship is a two-semester initiative that involves a summer study abroad component followed by the completion of a research-based art project during the fall semester
  • Student projects are displayed in an art exhibit within the OUR office suite for one academic year
  • Research-based art projects include the following work products: final work of art, supplementary research poster, research proposal, and the development of a research project web page on the OUR website
  • Open to any major

  • Create a research-based art project
  • Compose a research proposal
  • Design a research project web page
  • Present research findings at EURēCA, the campus annual Exhibition of Research and Creative Achievement
  • Participate in the logistics and installation of an art exhibit
  • Document the research process and practice the art of reflection in “artist journals” via Tumblr blogs.

  • Scholarship Award Amount: $1,500
  • Award is distributed during the summer semester
  • 5 awards are available for summer 2018

Visit the Summer in Paris information page on the Center for International Education website for more information on the study abroad component.

Visit past project examples on the University of South Florida website

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Undergraduate status, open to all UT students
  • Enrolled full-time during the Fall 2018 semester
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Accepted to participate in the School of Art Art History in Paris (ARTH 173)
  • A mandatory meeting with Mary Campbell prior to scholarship application submission
  • Applicant must have a committed research mentor who will direct the project during the Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 semesters (Research Mentors must be UT or affiliated faculty. In addition, local working artists or other arts professionals may be eligible to serve as mentors with the approval of the School of Art and OUR. Graduate students are NOT eligible to serve as mentors.)

Required Application Materials
Application packet must include all items listed below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications must be submitted electronically to ugresearch@utk.edu by the deadline. Subject Line: Research in Arts Scholarship Application

  • One-page (minimum) Statement of Interest: Must describe your experience in the art studio program; i.e. courses taken, internships, student shows, etc.; how you have developed as an artist during your undergraduate career; why you are applying for the scholarship. The statement must also include your initial ideas for creating a research-based art project and the  guiding or “initial” research question. Example  research question: This research aims to investigate how artifacts of lived experience can serve as surrogates for memory.
  • Artist Statement: Must include what motivates/inspires you to create art; concepts/ideas you explore through your art; describe the mediums/techniques you use in your art making; describe your art making process.
  • Resume
  • Mentor Letter of Reference: Letter must indicate that the mentor will direct the project throughout the duration of the initiative (during summer, fall semesters). It should also explain how the mentor will provide oversight for the project and assist the student in understanding the research process.
  • Artist Portfolio: (minimum 5 images; jpeg format and sized at 300dpi) (** Note About Formatting: Compose Statement of Interest and Artist Statement in Microsoft Word / Statements must be single-spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font)

Required Application Materials

Application packet must include all items listed below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications must be submitted electronically to ugresearch@utk.edu by the deadline. Subject Line: Research in Arts Scholarship Application

  • One-page (minimum) Statement of Interest: Must describe your interest in the Art History in Paris course, how you will combine your major with art research, and why you are applying for the scholarship. The statement must also include your initial ideas for creating a research-based art project and the  guiding or “initial” research question. Example research questions could be: This research explores representations of the body and movement in Degas (Kinesiology), This research explores the longing-standing fight Thomas Jefferson had with French natural historian Buffon, specifically through use of the Paris Natural History Museum (American History).
  • Resume
  • Mentor Letter of Reference: Letter must indicate that the mentor will direct the project throughout the duration of the initiative (during summer, fall semesters). It should also explain how the mentor will provide oversight for the project and assist the student in understanding the research process.
  • Writing Sample: (Ex: current research paper, response paper, essay)

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