McKee Photography Grant

The McKee Photography Grant, supported by the McKee Fund for Photography, an endowed fund established in 2003 to augment the photography offerings within the Visual Arts Department at Bowdoin College, is intended to support annually one student photography project during the summer months and a public lecture and exhibition of the project upon completion in the fall.  The grant consists of up to $1000 to allay expenses, such as supplies and travel, associated with the project.  The funds will not be used to provide a stipend.

Proposed projects must engage with the photographic medium; it is expected that a cohesive body of photographs be developed over the course of the summer.  The grant is intended to encourage the student to work independently with advice, even if from afar, from a faculty member to execute a long-term photographic project outside of the context of the classroom.  

Only returning students are eligible to apply, and the recipient of the grant is expected to prepare an exhibit of the summer’s work in the Visual Arts Center and give a public presentation about the project, upon return to campus in the fall.

A committee comprising the current photography faculty and the Visual Arts Department Chair will review the applications.  Selection criteria for an award include the proposal’s effective articulation of central questions driving the project, a full consideration of the specific ways the student intends to explore these questions, and the feasibility of completing the proposed project during the summer. Applications should indicate technical proficiency in relevant photographic technologies, and the proposal should indicate how access to any necessary resources or facilities might be obtained. Proposals should be as detailed and specific as possible and emphasize an exploration of stated themes.

Applications should include the following:

  • a narrative proposal, no more than 1500 words in length.  The proposal should explain:

  • topic or problem to be examined   

  • student's background on the proposed project

  • methods to be used

  • identification of a faculty advisor

  • expected outcome by summer’s end

  • a current “Bearings” printout of the student’s Bowdoin transcript

  • a letter of recommendation from a faculty member outside the Art Department

  • a letter from a faculty member stating a willingness to oversee the project during the summer

  • a portfolio of supporting images (20 jpg images on a CD), which would allow the committee to familiarize itself with the student’s previous photographic work 

  • proposed budget as detailed as possible outlining intended use of funds

Applications to the McKee Photography Grant must be submitted to the Art Department office in the Visual Art Center by Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 5pm.  Questions concerning the grant can be directed to Meggan Gould ( or Michael Kolster (