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2018-2019 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, 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 $3,500.00 and will be required to be present at a celebratory lunch on January 30th.

Questions? Email pamela.campanaro@unco.edu.


Important Dates and Deadlines

Sept. 28

Mentor Session #1

with Dr. Kiki Gilderhus, Associate Dean of PVA and Faculty of Art History
3:00pm, Guggenheim 001

Download a Copy of the Information Covered at the Mentor Session

Oct. 2

Mentor Session #2

with Dr. Kiki Gilderhus, Associate Dean of PVA and Faculty of Art History
5:00pm, Guggenheim 001

Download a Copy of the Information Covered at the Mentor Session

Oct. 15 

Deadline to Submit Materials

Submissions due by 5pm

Reminder: Applications MUST be sent as a single PDF document containing:
           1) A current artist statement
           2) A current resume
           3) Image list

Also include 8-12 high resolution images (this includes detail images). Send all images individually- DO NOT embed images within the PDF document. 

Oct. 22

Semifinalists Announced

by 5pm
Correspondence will be sent to the email address provided on your submission

Nov. 9 

Semifinalists must submit outline of 5-8 minute presentation

Email to pamela.campanaro@unco.edu by 5pm

Nov. 16 | 10am

Semifinalist Presentations

Guggenheim Hall, Room 001

Jan. 30 | 12-2pm

Southard Award Luncheon

UC Panorama Room