2010 Kaempfer Summer Art Grants

The Bowdoin Visual Arts Department is soliciting proposals for funding of summer studio projects. The Kaempfer Fund, which allows students to be able to pursue independent projects during the summer, will support a limited number of proposals.

The Kaempfer Summer Art Grant, supported by the Kaempfer Fund, an endowed fund, provides financial assistance for summer student projects within the Visual Arts Department at Bowdoin College. The grant consists of a maximum of $1,000 to allay expenses, such as supplies and travel, associated with the project. The funds will not be used to provide a stipend.

It is expected that a cohesive project 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 studio 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 as well as a public presentation about the project. Successful candidates will also turn in a paragraph about the project with web-ready photographs for the Visual Arts department website.

A committee comprised the current studio 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 media 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.

How to Apply:

Applications will be submitted electronically, and should include the following:

  1. Narrative proposal, no more than two pages 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
  2. Proposed budget, as detailed as possible, outlining intended use of funds.
  3. Link to online portfolio of 10-20 images (Picasa, Blogspot, Flickr, etc.) to allow the committee to familiarize itself with the student’s previous studio work
  4. A brief note from a faculty member stating a willingness to oversee the project during the summer (may be sent directly to the committee).

Applications to the Kaempfer Summer Art Grant must be submitted electronically to jmullen@bowdoin.edu, and be received by Monday, April 26, 2010 at 5pm. Questions concerning the grant can be directed to James Mullen.