Division of the Arts Announces New Graduate Student Creative Arts Award

Through the Creative Arts Awards, the Division of the Arts provides research support to faculty, staff and students in the arts. The 2021 call for applications and nominations is now open. The Division has established a new award to encourage the work of graduate students in the creative arts through an allocation from the university’s Anonymous Fund.

The new Graduate Student Creative Arts Award provides six awards of $2,000 in support of artistic performances, exhibitions (including curatorial exhibitions), readings, and research necessary to develop arts programming.

“The Division of the Arts has a long history of recognizing the achievements and service of faculty, staff and students in the arts. We are thrilled to offer this new award thanks to the Anonymous Fund, to support the important work of graduate students studying and practicing the creative arts. We know these graduate students will contribute valuably, personally and professionally to the world,” stated Susan Zaeske, Interim Director of the Division of the Arts.

With the addition of the graduate student award, the Division of the Arts now offers six annual awards and one bi-annual. Grants are split into three categories: Faculty Arts Research, Staff and Faculty Arts Outreach and Student Arts Research and Achievement. For a full description of submission requirements and instructions, visit go.wisc.edu/artsawards.

In recognition of the unique contributions of each person and the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities and opinions enrich the university community, the Division of the Arts welcomes and encourages applications from as diverse a group of eligible campus arts community members as possible.

To be eligible for the new Graduate Student Creative Arts Award, graduate students enrolled in the creative arts academic programs at UW–Madison should apply by December 1, 2020 by 3:00 p.m. CDT. All award applicants will receive notification of the outcome by December 20, 2020. Pandemic conditions permitting, recipients will be honored at the annual awards ceremony in early May 2021 or, if necessary, in a virtual format.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following in a single PDF:

  • A brief synopsis of the proposed project (up to 150 words)
  • Project narrative no longer than five double-spaced pages that addresses:
    • Significance of the proposed project, including potential impact of the award of the applicant’s career;
    • Expected completion date;
    • How the awarded funds will be utilized, and justification of why the funds are needed at this time;
    • Whether funding has been received or requested from other sources for this same project;
    • A detailed budget;
    • A 150-word professional biography written in third person for the general public
  • Faculty letter of nomination
  • An updated curriculum vitae (CV)

Additional supplemental materials

  • Relevant supporting materials (images, videos, recordings or writing samples) that provide insight into the applicant’s vision for his or her project or endeavor. Selected samples of earlier work are optional.

The Anonymous Fund was established in 1943 to benefit UW–Madison programs in the arts and humanities. Funded by an anonymous donor, the bequest is charged to “strengthen and enlarge the cultural and artistic undertakings of the university.”