Awards & Scholarships

Every year the Visual Art Department grants a variety of selective awards to students who demonstrate artistic excellence & passion for the visual arts.

Minnie Helen Hicks Prize In Art

This university prize is usually awarded as part of the jurying of the Annual Student Exhibition. Open to the entire undergraduate student body.

Gilbert Stuart Prize

This university prize is usually awarded as part of the jurying of the Annual Student Exhibition. Open to the entire undergraduate student body.

Flexible Flyer Award

This award is given every other year to a junior or senior Visual Art or Art/Semiotics concentrator. On even years, the award is given through History of Art and Architecture; on odd years, by Visual Art. The applicants for this prize are requested to write a proposal describing the purpose to which the award would be applied. For concentrators only.

Roberta Joslin Award For Excellence In Art

Supported by an endowment in memory of Roberta Joslin to recognize innovative work in visual art, this award is often awarded by jurors for the Annual Student Exhibition. Some of the funds are also awarded to senior concentrators in Visual Art by application in the spring.

Hugh Townley Travel Award

The Department is currently raising funds to increase this fund in honor of Professor Hugh Townley, who retired in July 1989. This fellowship is awarded to a junior or senior for enrichment of the student's pursuance of their career in visual art through travel. Applicants must submit a one page written explanation of their proposed travel plans and slides of their prior work.

William Weston '43 Awards In Fine Arts

This endowment fund recognizes achievement by seniors in the area of Visual Art, Theater Arts, Dance, Music and Creative Writing. The funds are awarded by faculty in the respective departments for an outstanding body of work. There is an awards dinner held in the spring by the Weston family.

Ann Belsky Moranis Award

An alumnus of Brown, Dr. Paul Belsky '79, has donated a prize to be awarded to an outstanding senior concentrator in Visual Art or Art/Semiotics in memory of his sister, Ann Belsky Moranis '78, who concentrated in Art. The prize winner is selected by the faculty of the Department of Visual Art and awarded at Commencement excercises in May.

Undergraduate Teaching or Research Assistantships (UTRAS)

Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships are occasionally available for advanced and capable upper-level Visual Art concentrators who have financial need. (When financial need is not a factor, a qualified student may be awarded an honorary TA, which provides no remuneration.) These assistantships are limited in number. Assistants may be assigned to work with faculty members in various areas of visual art taught in the department or they may be assigned for research duties to a faculty member. Students are paid an hourly wage.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The Department of Visual Art annually appoints graduate students from the Rhode Island School of Design as teaching assistants. These students work with regular department faculty in the major disciplines of the department: painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography and digital media.