Southard Art Awards

The Southard Award is the School of Art and Design’s most prestigious competition. Students submit a written proposal selected for a public presentation of current scholarly research or creative work. The objective for the competitive process is provide students with an opportunity to develop the materials, documentation and conceptual sophistication, needed in order to pursue advanced academic or professional opportunities upon graduation from UNC.

 Jurying Process

A faculty panel and guest juror, Dylan Gebbia-Richards, will review completed proposals; the top four selected proposals will proceed to a semi-finalist round. Semi-finalists will present their proposal in person to the panel for the final selection at the Southard-Gillespie House. Of the four presentations, one semi-finalist will be selected as this year’s Award Winner. Each semi-finalist will receive a $150.00 scholarship award.

The Award Winner of the competition will receive a scholarship award of $3,000.00 and will be required to present a professional 5 - 8 minute lecture and/or exhibition to students, faculty, and alumni at the Lone Tree Preforming Arts Center at the UNC Showcase of the Arts in January and again at the Southard Convocation in Greeley in April.

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Important Dates and Deadlines

Sept. 28

Mentor Session #1

with Dr. Kiki Gilderhus, Associate Dean and Professor of Art History
4:45pm, Guggenheim 001

Oct. 2

Mentor Session #2

with Pam Campanaro, Gallery Director and Curator
4:45pm, Guggenheim 001

Oct. 16 

Deadline to Submit Materials

Submissions due by 5pm

Oct. 23

Semifinalists Announced

by 5pm

Nov. 10 

Semifinalists must submit outline of 5-8 minute presentation

Email to by 5pm

Nov. 17

Semifinalist Presentations

Southard-Gillespie House, Greeley