Springborn Fellowship

Dr. Robert and Carolyn Springborn (BFA '76) have generously established a scholarship program to support students who have proven themselves to be excellent and highly motivated artists. The Springborn Fellowship program is the most prestigious undergraduate award at the SMFA. Through this program, the School will award tuition, fees and living expenses—$25,000 each to two undergraduate students moving in to their second, third, or fourth year of study.

Intention to apply deadline (extended): Friday, April 1, 2016
Drop-off: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Pick-up: Thursday, April 7, 2016
Location: Barbara and Steven Grossman Gallery

Applicants must be:

  • Enrolled in the BFA or Diploma program full-time
  • Planning to be enrolled in the fall of 2016 in their second, third, or fourth year of study

To apply, send an email by April 1, 2016 to Shaun Thomas (sthomas@smfa.edu) with your intention to apply. Use "Springborn Fellow" for the subject heading and in the body, include your name, phone number and email address.

Following a review by the Financial Aid Office for eligibility, you will be invited to apply with details to follow. A three person independent jury will meet in April to review the submissions.

President's Research Award

The President's Research Awards support extraordinary projects that might not otherwise be realized. They fund a wide range of ventures: new work, exhibitions, publications, related travel, research/materials, and much more. The sole purpose of these awards is to help SMFA students realize bold and important ideas.

Students may apply for multiple projects, although it would be rare for the committee to fund more than one project per person in a year's cycle. Collaborations are encouraged, but not required. The award does not exceed $1,000, with the average being $500.

All current students are eligible to apply. President's Research Award Online Application.

SMFA Traveling Fellowships

Since 1899, SMFA has given Traveling Fellowship Award (formerly Traveling Scholarship) travel grants that annually total $80,000 to $100,000 to select Museum School alumni. Among the largest endowed art school grant programs in the country, the Traveling Fellowship program provides each artist with traveling funds to further develop and inform their work, in addition to the opportunity to compete for a one person presentation of their work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The program has provided critical early career support for many notable graduates of the Museum School including Nan Goldin, Mike and Doug Starn, Ellen Gallagher, Omer Fast and recent graduates such as Cliff Evans, Leslie Hall and Rachel Perry Welty.

In 1894, James William Paige left a bequest of $30,000 to the Museum School to establish a scholarship, the income of which would be used to send SMFA students to study art in Europe for a period of two years. This gift had a stipulation that an additional $10,000 had to be raised and added to the bequest. By 1899, the additional monies had been raised and the first traveling scholar, Mary Brewster Hazelton, sailed to Europe. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, award recipients typically traveled to Paris, Rome or Florence and received $800 per year for two years. These days, award recipients journey across the globe and each award is between $9,000 and $10,000.

Boit Award Competition

These awards are given to multiple students in early fall for independent work completed during the previous summer. Eligibility: Current full-time students who were also enrolled during the previous spring semester. Award winning works are included in the "Award Recipients and Graduating Students Exhibition."

Dana Pond Competition

An annual painting competition held in early spring which honors three students who have done exemplary work during the preceding school year. The three award recipients are selected by an outside jury. Eligibility: All full-time enrolled Museum School students. Award winning works are included in the "Award Recipients and Graduating Students Exhibition."

Will and Elena Barnet Painting Award

An annual prize given to a student whose paintings "embody the formal elements of painting, composition and the principles of structural design". Awarded each spring by an, outside jury. Eligibility: All full-time enrolled Museum School students. Winning works are exhibited in the "Award Recipients and Graduating Students Exhibition."

The Stella and Sumner Cooper Award

An annual prize for work in metals, glass and/or ceramics. Awarded each spring by an outside jury. Award recipient's work is then exhibited in the "Award Recipients and Graduating Students Exhibition.

The Museum School Council Sculpture Prize

For outstanding work in sculpture. Awarded by Sculpture area.

G.T. Chan Sculpture Prize

For outstanding work in sculpture. Awarded by Sculpture area.

The Timothy F. Nichols Drawing Breath Award

Presented to a student who sustains a constant, high level of effort and production both in class and outside. Awarded by Drawing area.

Skowhegan Summer Fellowship Recipient

Museum School students are invited to attend the prestigious Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in central Maine. Any currently enrolled Museum School student is eligible for the Gund Fellowship once accepted to the Skowhegan program. Skowhegan is an intensive nine-week summer residency providing a concentrated period of work with the critical assistance of a faculty of resident and visiting artists. The Ann and Graham Gund Scholarship supports recipients of the Skowhegan Summer Fellowship.

Printmaking and Papermaking Awards

For outstanding work in print and paper media. Awarded by Print + Paper area.

The Alpers Prize

Awarded to an outstanding student in metal-smithing and jewelry. Awarded by Metals area.

Allie Pratt Traveling Scholarships for Ceramics Students

For outstanding work in ceramics. Awarded by Ceramics area.

The Stella and Sumner Cooper Award

An annual prize for work in metals, glass and/or ceramics. Awarded during the Student Annual selection by the same, outside jury. Award recipient(s) exhibit in the "Student Annual Exhibition."

The Annual Eugene C. Ward Memorial Scholarship

Was established by family and friends in memory of the late Gene Ward, former dean of Admissions. A call for applications takes place each Spring semester and the scholarship is awarded by a three-person faculty jury in the form tuition abatement for the following year. Eligibility: students must be continuing their studies at the School.

Yousuf Karsh Prize in Photography

The Karsh Prize is awarded annually to three talented students of photography. An outside jury awards the prizes in December/January and the winning works are included in the "Student Annual Exhibition."

Kuniyoshi Award

Established in 2008 in honor of American artist and educator, Yasuo Kuniyoshi. The prize is awarded to advanced students who have completed at least two years of studio study, have demonstrated creative ability and have dedicated themselves to their work as artists. The award is intended to acknowledge and encourage students of ability who are in need of financial aid to continue their study. The award is in the amount of $5,000 applied to the fall semester tuition.

The Rose Hill Performance Art Award

The Rose Hill Performance Art Award was established by the performance area in 2008 in memory of Rose Hill, who completed an MFA in the SMFA/Tufts University graduate program in 2003. She died in the winter of 2008 after a long battle with cancer. Awarded by the Performance area.

Edward Cinotti Prize in Video

Presented to a student who has shown outstanding achievements within the video medium. Awarded by the Video area.

Film Annual Award

For outstanding work in film and animation. Awarded by the Film area.

The Montague Travel Grant

This endowed grant is an international travel award designated specifically for SMFA/Tufts Master of Fine Arts candidates to further their studio practice and graduate study through research and investigation. All current full time MFA graduate students are eligible to apply. Preview the guidelines and explore trips from previous years.

Cecelia Siemen Scholarship

The Board of Trustees of the South Yarmouth Public Library Association is offering the Cecelia Siemen Scholarship in the visual arts to be awarded in the spring of 2016. The award of $3000 is aimed at advancing the study and knowledge of someone who is likely to make future contributions in the visual arts. The award is to be used to defray the recipient's institutional expenses at a college or art institute and will be paid to the successful applicant's school. To be eligible, applicants must have completed one academic year at a college or art institute by June 30, 2016. There are no residency requirements. The application is available now on the Library's website, which can be accessed at www.yarmouthlibraries.org. Questions can be addressed to Anne Whitaker, chair of the scholarship committee at aecw@comcast.net.


Nationally Recognized Awards Frequently Received by SMFA Students:

The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in Painting and Sculpture

SMFA has produced more Joan Mitchell MFA Grant Recipients than any other art school. Each year the Joan Mitchell Foundation Annual MFA Grant Program awards $15,000 to help MFA painters and sculptors in furthering their artistic careers. This prestigious national award has been received by 12l Museum School MFA Program students: Ahmed Abdalla, Evelina Brozgul, Heather Cox, Allan Doyle, Omer Gagnon, Ridley Howard, Amy Morel, Arlayne Peterson, Ayae Takahashi, Cullen Washington, Cobi Moules and Jamal Thorne.

Stephen D. Paine Scholarship

The Stephen D. Paine Scholarship was established in 1999 to support Massachusetts students entering their final year in studio art programs at colleges in the city of Boston. Interested students must be a BFA entering their last full year of school and be receiving financial aid. Please send an email to (sthomas@smfa.edu) by Friday, April 29, and let him know you're interested in applying.

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