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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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 
Taking into account the various changes the college community has experienced in the last week, we have extended the application deadline for the Dondis & Godine Travel Awards, Aronowitz Senior Project Award, and Lam Prize for Creativity and Innovation to Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:00pm.
 
The George Nick Prize Competition has been postponed to September 2020 (exact date still TBD), and work will now be juried via digital submissions.

 

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, Monday, March 30th, 2020.

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, Monday, March 30th, 2020.

Proposals from past recipients can be seen here:


The Lam Prize for Creativity and Innovation

The Lam Prize for Creativity and Innovation is a $1,500 award granted to a sophomore, junior, or senior from any major who shows dedication, creativity, and innovation.

This award will require the following application materials:                 

  • a 1 page statement describing the student's best work that demonstrates their creativity and innovation
  • a digital portfolio of 5 pieces of work
  • applicants will need a faculty sponsor to help review their statement and select works, this sponsor will serve as a reference

Apply for LAM PRIZE FOR CREATIVITY & INNOVATION

Applications are due by 5:00pm, Monday, March 30th, 2020.

Proposals from past recipients can be seen here:


George Nick Prize competition

The 2020 George Nick Prize will now be juried via digital submissions, and the deadline has been pushed forward to September 2020.

The George Nick Prize is a juried award given on the basis of merit and selected by a blind jury, led by Professor Emeritus George Nick (who was a painting faculty member at MassArt). The competition is open to all current MassArt students (undergraduate, graduate, and PCE), but it is restricted to works done in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Please note that digital drawings will not be accepted.

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. The total prize amount is approximately $13,000, to be split between the winners. Former George Nick Prize winners are not eligible.

Professor Emeritus George Nick and two other members will review all submissions in a blind jury. Applicants' names should not appear on their proposals or artwork. All digital submissions will be assigned a jury number.

This award will require the following application materials:

  • A body of work made up of 6 - 10 paintings, drawings, or prints (photographs of original work). Please note the size in inches of each piece. Digital drawings cannot be accepted.                   
  • A well-defined, 1-page proposal detailing the following:
    • Describe what you think you have accomplished in the work you have presented.
    • Name some artists whose work you like; what artists and/or what kind of art inspires you?
    • Who are some artists you don't necessarily like, but from whom you've learned something?
    • Please describe any goals you have set for yourself. Have you accomplished some or any of them?

submission & jury information

  • How to Submit: A digital form will be available and added to this page/emailed to all students. The deadline date is still TBD, but will be in September 2020.
  • Prize Announcement: Winners will be notified by phone and/or email, using the contact information give on the prize application. A school-wide announcement will also be made.

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