• a2ru has given me the spirit and tools to begin that [arts-integrated interdisciplinary] work. More importantly, it brought a set of diverse people together and made it possible to forge friendships and new projects that will continue to develop in the years to come.

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Art and Environmental Action Student Scholars Program

  • October 29, 2013
  • By Lindsey Hepler     
$10,000 Scholarship Opportunity for student projects focused on Art and Environmental Action.


Call for Research Proposals
With support from the Jefferson Trust, an initiative of the UVA Alumni Associations, OpenGrounds will fund three student art/research projects at $10,000 each. Projects will take place over the course of the 2014 calendar year, and will include attendance at the a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference at Stanford University in January. The following call for research proposals is part of a series of programs and events surrounding the Ansel Adams: A Legacy and Looking at the New West: Contemporary Landscape Photography exhibitions, on view at the Fralin Museum of Art this fall, to explore ideas and research around questions of art and environmental action. This opportunity is open to students in any school or discipline of the university.

The Arts and Environmental Action Student Scholars will have the opportunity to develop and implement new ideas at the intersection of art, research, and scholarship. Selected students will work closely with a cross-disciplinary team of faculty and thought leaders to implement projects that address issues of Art and Environmental Action.

The Changing Views: Arts and Environmental Action program explores the overlapping layers of art and science, to nurture and accelerate creative thinking and innovation in new and unexpected ways. The Arts and Environmental Action Student Scholarships will bring students, faculty, and scholars together to investigate, understand, and reveal the ways in which the arts and sciences work together to push ideas forward and to make information visible to the world.

This opportunity is open to both undergraduates and graduate students, for projects of any artistic medium. Students may submit proposals as individuals or as collaborative teams. Students should identify a faculty mentor with whom they will consult throughout the development of their project. The full group of scholars and faculty mentors will meet occasionally throughout the year with additional faculty from a variety of disciplines to share ideas and receive feedback on their work.

Students will present their work at a public presentation in September 2014. Students will also be required to submit a final report, which will provide an overview of the work completed throughout the course of the project as well as a written reflection on the experience, what they have learned, and how this project has impacted their thinking or plans for the future.

Download PDF: Open Grounds RFP (Deadline November 15, 2013 by 11:59 pm)