The Gospel Vision of the Arts Scholarship Program is a program of The Vision of the Arts Fund, a private not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding, cultivating, promoting, and sustaining the arts and the development of artists in the Mormon community. The purpose of this scholarship program is to promote the development of artists in the Mormon community and to cultivate art in the Mormon community by providing scholarships to visual artists who are also members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and who demonstrate an ongoing interest in creating imagery that depicts gospel themes. Our hope is that by providing scholarships to support the study of art, more promising LDS artists will pursue meaningful careers in the visual arts.
Applicants must be current members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Applicants must be visual artists. “Visual art” is defined as hand-made objects, including painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, installation, or other processes which are not strictly digital or electronic; excluding photography, digital painting/drawing, video, sound, performance art, temporary or ephemeral art. If a question arises about whether or not a particular artist’s work qualifies as “Visual Art” for the purposes of this scholarship, the determination will be made by the Board of Directors. Their work should display a continuing interest in conveying gospel-related themes.
- Applicants must be accepted for a program of study in the visual arts at a qualified art program, or such other apprenticeship, workshop, or program that the applicant would like for the Selection Committee to consider.
A personal statement describing your career and artistic goals as they relate to creating gospel-themed imagery, including a study plan outlining how scholarship funds would be spent and how this would advance your stated goals. (600 words or less).
A statement of financial need*. In addition to addressing your financial situation, we prefer this statement include an exact tuition amount requested (not to exceed $5500) so we can pay tuition fees directly to the institution. Example 1: $2650 to pay tuition for a semester as a full-time art student at BYU Provo. Example 2: $1700 to pay tuition for a two week master class at the Jerusalem Studio School in Civita. Example 3: $810 to pay tuition for an apprenticeship program in the studio of such and such artist. (350 words or less).
High-resolution .jpg images of five (5) of your artistic works, at least three (3) of which should demonstrate your interest in gospel themes.
A written description of each work, including the name of the work, the medium/media used, and any characteristics of the work that are not easily represented using the digital images. Each description is limited to 100 words, for a total of 500 words or less.
- Documentation of enrollment or acceptance in a visual arts program (or such other apprenticeship, workshop, or program that the applicant would like for the Selection Committee to consider), that the applicant intends to attend. Preference will be given to applicants who attend an institution which normally maintains a regular faculty and curriculum and normally has a regularly enrolled body of pupils or students in attendance at the place where it usually carries on its educational activities. However, the Selection Committee will consider awarding scholarships to other unique apprenticeships, workshops, and programs, provided the applicant delivers information describing the opportunity sufficient for the Selection Committee to evaluate its educational potential. Documentation may include a letter of acceptance, course schedule, written statement of intent, or similar.
DEADLINE & TIMELINE:
Applications are due April 30, 2018. A jury of three professionals in the field of visual arts will review applications. We estimate awards will be announced around May 31, 2018 and then disbursed by September 1, 2018. A final review of the use of these funds will be made by June 15, 2019.
Q: For purposes of this scholarship, what does it mean to be a current Latter-Day Saint?
A: It means you should self-identify as a Latter-Day Saint and be on LDS church records as a baptized member.
Q: For purposes of this scholarship, what is meant by work that demonstrates an interest in gospel themes?
A: Work should depict, address, or be inspired by any of the four LDS standard works (Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) and/or the teachings of modern era LDS church leaders.
Q: If I was awarded a VOTAF scholarship or grant, when am I eligible to apply again?
A: You may apply again after skipping two years. For example, if you were awarded a scholarship or grant in 2017, you should wait to apply again until 2020.
Q: If I participated in the fundraising auction, is it appropriate for me to apply for a scholarship or grant?
A: Yes, it is appropriate. We hope our scholarships and grants will make a difference--giving artists opportunities to grow that might otherwise be out of reach. We rely on you the applicant and on our jurors to judge based on need and merit. Refrain from applying if you feel winning a scholarship or grant wouldn't make a significant difference for your art education or career. Note also that auction artists are allowed to vote for which finalists receive a peer award. As an auction artist, if you apply for a scholarship or grant, you forfeit your opportunity to vote.