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Academic Awards

Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers a variety of project-based fellowships and awards for students of all majors. This page details much of the information on award eligibility as well as application process and required submission materials. To get more information on an individual award please click on the link.

Dondis & Godine Travel Awards

Each of these $5,000 awards are granted to graduating juniors or seniors to help defray the cost of traveling for the purpose of completing a well defined project having artistic merit.

Current full-time matriculated students are eligible to apply. Applicants may not be on academic notice, probation, or dismissal. A student may not win more than one travel award during their academic career at MassArt. These awards can be considered taxable income, but should not have any bearing on your financial aid package.   

Donis A. Dondis Travel Fellowship                
Is awarded to a junior or graduating senior for completing a well-defined project having artistic merit or for the purpose of defraying the cost of entering and attending a school outside the United States. You can apply if you plan to be sponsored by an institution outside of the United States.   

Morton Godine Fellowship 
Is awarded to a junior or graduating senior to help defray the cost of traveling for the purpose of completing a well defined project having artistic merit.  

Both of these awards will require the following application materials:                 

  • 1 or 2 page proposal, describing the project                 
  • a realistic budget                 
  • images or clips, either submitted in an electronic portfolio or as a link to your website         
  • 2 references (not letters of recommendation. If selected, your references will be reached via telephone)

Apply for the Dondis or Godine Travel Awards

Applications are due by 5:00pm, Sunday, March 20th, 2022.

Proposals from past recipients can be seen here:

Additional materials can be reviewed in the Academic Affairs Office.


Richard Aronowitz Senior Project Award

The Aronowitz Award is an $1,000 award granted to a rising senior to support the funding of a senior project. Rising seniors from all majors are eligible to apply.

This award will require the following application materials:                 

  • 250 word statement, describing the project
  • a short statement detailing the impact the funds would have on the project        
  • images or clips, either submitted in an electronic portfolio or as a link to your website

Apply for the Aronowitz SENIOR PROJECT Award

Applications are due by 5:00pm, Sunday, March 20th, 2022.

Proposals from past recipients can be seen here:


 

George Nick Prize competition

The 20th annual George Nick Prize Competition will return to an in-person event, scheduled to take place on Friday, May 6 & Saturday, May 7, 2022!

The George Nick Prize is a juried award given on the basis of merit and selected by a jury led by MassArt Painting Professor Emeritus George Nick. The competition is open to all current MassArt students (undergraduate, graduate, and Continuing Education), but it is restricted to original works done in drawing, painting, and printmaking.

The purpose of the George Nick Prize is to encourage emerging artists who create two-dimensional works – through observational abilities, drawing skills, and the understanding of the role of tone and color – that can be recognized in terms of subject and an emphasis on forms of realism. This year's total prize amount is approximately $13,000, to be split between the selected recipients. Former George Nick Prize recipients are not eligible.
  

submission & jury information

  • Please submit 6 – 10 paintings, drawings, or prints. Please do not label your work with your name. You will be assigned a number upon check-in, which you'll use to label your pieces. Please note that photographs or work done in a digital medium will not be accepted.
     
  • Drop-off will be from 2 – 5PM in the Design & Media Center (DMC) Atrium on Friday, May 6th.
    There will be a check-in table, where you'll fill out an application and receive your jury number. You'll be responsible for setting up your own work in the DMC Atrium. You'll be able to lay your pieces on the floor or on/against tables that will be set up. Post-it notes will be available for you to label your work with your assigned jury number.
     
  • Work will be juried the morning of Saturday, May 7th. Immediately following the George Nick Prize Jury, all participants’ work will be displayed for the viewing public for the remainder of the afternoon.
     
  • Work should be picked up between 3 – 5PM on Saturday, May 7th.
    If you are not available to pick up your own work, please make arrangements for a friend to do it for you.
     
  • The winners will be notified by phone & email, using the contact information provided on the prize application at drop-off. A school-wide announcement will be made after all winners have been notified. 
     

More questions? Please contact the Academic Affairs Office at academic.affairs@massart.edu