The visual arts scholarships are four-year awards to incoming freshmen, with a total value of $10,000 per award. Transfer students may also compete for the award and recipients will receive $2,500/year until completion of their Concordia degree and fulfillment of additional renewal criteria. For first year students, the scholarship is guaranteed through your sophomore year and is renewable for juniors and seniors, provided you maintain a 3.0 grade point average and are recommended by the faculty.
If you are selected for a Scholarship in the Visual Arts, you are expected to declare at least a general art or art history major by the end of your sophomore year. All recipients following a studio art track will be expected to produce work for the annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. Art history students will be encouraged to submit proposals for the Orland J. Rourke Memorial Lecture Series in the Philosophy and History of Art and to participate in the department’s yearly May Seminar to Europe.
To be eligible for a Scholarship in the Visual Arts, you must be an incoming first-year or transfer student accepted for admission to Concordia, have at least a 3.0 grade point average and exhibit proficiency or intense interest in painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, photography, ceramics, graphic design, museum studies or art history.
This scholarship recognizes your potential participation and leadership as a collegiate-level artist or art historian and may be added to a Presidential Distinction Award, Faculty Scholarship, Excellence Scholarship, Music Performance, Theatre or Forensics Scholarship. Many recipients of this award will also qualify for additional financial scholarships and grants, in which case the Scholarship in the Visual Arts may become a component of a larger financial aid package.
The initial screening will be based on your scholarship application, letters of recommendation and a digital portfolio.
Application requirements include two letters of recommendation, a resume of your artistic or art historical background (including courses taken and involvement in arts organizations), other academic activities and a short essay. You are also asked to submit a digital portfolio. If your interest is in art history or museum studies, we ask that you submit an essay in lieu of the portfolio.
- Be accepted to Concordia for the 2013 fall semester by Dec. 16, 2013.
- Complete the Visual Arts Scholarship application, including the artistic resume and a brief essay (250 words) on “The Role of the Visual Arts in My Life.”
- Submit your portfolio of up to 10 of your best pieces by Dec. 16, 2013. Your portfolio can be uploaded as a zip file with your online application or you can provide a URL to an online portfolio. If for any reason you are not able to provide your portfolio by either of those two methods, a CD that is clearly labeled with your name can be mailed to be added to your application. Photographs of works should be labeled with your name, the piece number (1-10 in your digital portfolio), dimensions, medium and title. Sample JPEG label: Olson, 1, 24x30”, acrylic, “Portrait.” For sculpture and ceramic, two views of one piece may be provided.
Note: Digital portfolios and writing samples will not be returned.
Studio Art – Portfolio of works in any studio medium (clay, graphite, oil paint, plaster, watercolor, original prints, etc.) or combination of media
Graphic Design – Portfolio of works in any areas of design interest (layouts, posters, illustrations, logos, Web pages, newspaper, yearbook, etc.)
History of Art and/or Museum Studies – In lieu of a portfolio, please submit an essay of at least 1,000 words that exemplifies your writing and research skills.
- Provide names and email or postal addresses for two references from art professionals or art teachers. Those writing recommendations should evaluate your artistic accomplishments, general abilities in the arts, writing skills, character and potential. We will email the recommendation form to the people you list on your application. If for any reason they are not able to submit the recommendation to us electronically, the recommendation should be sent to us in confidential, sealed envelopes.
All materials should be submitted via the online application form. If for any reason you are not able to complete the process online, you may request a printed copy of the application and that can be returned to:
Scholarship in the Visual Arts Committee
Office of Admissions
901 8th St. S.
Moorhead, MN 56562
Materials (except references) must be postmarked by Dec. 16, 2013. References are due by Jan. 4, 2014.
Semifinalists will be invited to campus for an interview on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 to discuss their art and goals with members of the art faculty, tour studios and visit local museums. Time will also be provided to meet with faculty in other academic disciplines. Semifinalists will also have the option to stay on campus with current Concordia students. Scholarship in the Visual Arts recipients will be selected following their on-campus participation.