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Department of Art and Art History Student Awards

Listed below are the awards, scholarships, and fellowships that the Art Department offers on a yearly basis and the criteria for selection for each. Awards are granted at the discretion of the Art Department on the basis of the quality of the work. The Art Department encourages art majors and potential art majors to apply for theses awards.

A. Reid Winsey Memorial Art Scholarship

This award is given annually, to an outstanding first-year art student. Students wishing to apply for this scholarship should submit a portfolio of 5-10 pieces of work.  This should preferably not include any work done while in high school.

First-Year Students Only, submission required 
Portfolios are due by 12pm, March 14, 2022

Art Department Scholarship

For the art history major student(s) selected by the Department of Art and Art History to receive funds for materials, books or studio fees at the student’s discretion for furthering art studies while at DePauw.  

Underclass Art History Majors only, no submission required. 

The Catherine E. Fruhan Art History Student Prize

This is an annual award for outstanding art history majors to travel, conduct research, attend conferences, or purchase books or other materials. 

Art History Majors Only 
Application Information

Catherine E. Fruhan Senior Art History Scholarship

Awarded to a senior art history major for sustained academic excellence over the course of their major, for contributions to the art history program, and for active involvement in the life of the department.  Catherine Fruhan came to the University in 1984 and for 31 years she was a teacher, mentor, and friend to students, faculty, staff and alumni. Professor Fruhan was truly beloved, and she was respected for her dedication to the best principles of a liberal arts education

Senior Art History Majors Only, no submission required. 

Cynthia VanTassel Yeo Endowed Scholarship 

Selection of the Scholar will be made by the University Office of Financial Aid in consultation with the Department of Art and Art History. It will be awarded to one or more students in good standing with demonstrated financial need whose academic major or minor is studio art. In awarding the scholarship, first and highest priority shall be reserved for students working in watercolor or oil. 

Art Studio Majors & Minors, no submission required

Efroymson Summer Research Award

This fellowship is intended to allow and encourage studio art and art history students to take advantage of off-campus opportunities that will have a transformative impact, not only on the rest of the student’s undergraduate career but also on his or her professional or academic career after graduation from DePauw.

Sophomore & Junior Art and Art History Students Only
Application Information

Fritz Smith Memorial Art Award

This award is given annually, at the discretion of the committee, to a student of DePauw University for the purchase of an outstanding painting or drawing.  

This competition is NOT limited to art majors, submission required.
Portfolios are due by 12pm, March 14, 2022

Indiana Artist-Craftsmen/Talbot Street Art Fair Prize

This award is given by the Department to a deserving underclassman toward the purchase of art supplies.  This award was given to the Art Department in 1987 in honor of Richard & Marj Peeler.  Richard taught Ceramics for the DePauw Art Department during the 1950’s and 60’s.  This award will be given for a body of work in 3-D.  Students wishing to apply for this scholarship should submit a portfolio with the works they would like to have considered. 

This competition is NOT limited to Art Majors, submission required.
Portfolios are due by 12pm, March 14, 2022

Robert and Mary Ellen Guyer Davies Scholarship

The fund was established with a gift from Robert N. Davies, a 1958 DePauw alumnus. Mr. Davies' late wife, Mary Ellen Guyer Davies, was also a 1958 DePauw alumna. Income from the fund supports an incoming student with a demonstrated financial need, a significant interest in art, and an expressed interest in declaring a major in art.  Selection of the Scholar will be made by the University Office of Financial Aid in consultation with the Department of Art and Art History.

Incoming Students, no submission required

Vera May Knauer Farber Award

For a sophomore or junior (rising junior or rising senior) studio art major, with preference given to one who uses direct observation as a source for imagery.

Sophomore & Junior Art Studio Majors, no submission required

William Meehan Prize in Art

For a graduating senior art student who works in non-traditional mediums (performance, electronic media, collage, etc.) or who treats traditional mediums in non-traditional ways.  Additionally, the student’s use of humor in his or her imagery may be considered.

Senior art studio majors only, no submission required