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Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship

The Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship, established in 2011, are one-year paid fellowships awarded to promising DePauw students who have graduated in the previous year, in Studio Art and planning to seek advanced degrees in the arts (MFA). Both minors and majors are eligible.

Efroymson Arts Fellowship

The Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship is a paid nine month program available to two promising graduating seniors in the studio art program. The interns will have the opportunity to work as studio assistants and occasionally as teaching assistants in their particular field, will have access to studio space, and will have the option to take one course in the department each semester, tuition-free.  The primary activity of the intern will be to produce a personal portfolio of new work, with the goal of submitting it with applications to MFA or other post-graduate or professional programs. In addition, interns are expected to contribute to the academic and cultural life of the department. Interns in the past have done this in a variety of ways, including organizing film series, hosting evening drawing sessions, arranging student critiques, planning and executing department events (e.g. major-minor mixers and information sessions for new majors), and running the Low Road Gallery.


The goal of the 5th Year Fellowship is to provide the intern with time and resources to work steadily on a portfolio of mature new work, done after the senior seminar, in order to be a competitive candidate for MFA or other post-graduate or professional programs. By providing time, working space, engagement with the academic and artistic life of the department, and access to faculty, the program will enable the diligent and motivated intern to deepen and strengthen his or her artistic research and output. Applicants must be about to graduate from DePauw with a major in studio art in 2017; graduation prior to the beginning of the internship is required.

The intern will spend approximately 25-30 hours per week, on average, working on his or her own work, in a studio space provided by DePauw. Another 6-8 hours per week will be spent aiding the internship supervisor, who will be the faculty member in the intern’s field (ceramics, painting, etc.). This work may include set-up and maintenance of studio space and equipment, occasionally leading class or helping students, and other duties as assigned. Remaining time will be spent contributing to the cultural life of the department, and other duties as assigned. The faculty will be available for consultation on artistic research, career development, etc. Critiques with the faculty supervisor will be held bi-weekly.
In addition to assigned duties, interns in the past have had the opportunity to contribute to the cultural life of the department and the community in various ways. These have included organizing film series, hosting evening drawing sessions, arranging student critiques, and running the Low Road gallery.

Application process:

E-mail applications in a single PDF file by April 17, 2017 to:
Lori Miles, Chair, Department of Art and Art History,
c/o Misti Scott, Departmental Secretary

Submissions due April 17,  2017
Recipients will be notified May 1, 2017

Your application should include a statement of 500-750 words covering the following:

  • Your goals for your internship, and the resources available which will help you to achieve those goals

  • What qualities you think you can bring to the program

  • Your professional goals for the year after the internship (MFA program, museum studies program, gallery work, Ph.D. program, or other)

  • Contributions you plan to make to the department in general

  • The name of the professor you intend to work with as your mentor.  A meeting with this professor is required before submitting application.

  • A resume

  • An artist’s statement

There are only two funded spots, so the awards will be competitive.  Please make sure your application strongly represents you and your desire to participate in the program.

Application deadline: April 17, 2017
Final Decision: May 1, 2016
Internship Dates: August 24, 2017 - May 11, 2018