Kaempfer Summer Art Grant

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.
An Example of Bowdoin Art

The Kaempfer Fund allows students to pursue independent projects during the summer. 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. 

The cohesive project must be developed over the course of the summer. The grant is intended to encourage the student to work independently with advice from a faculty member to execute a long-term studio project outside of the context of the classroom.

How to Apply

 Awarding of grants each year is contingent upon the availability of Kaempfer Funds at the end of the Spring semester.

In the event grants are available, applications are typically due in April, and annual details will be emailed to all Visual Arts students.

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 Edwards Center for Art and Dance, 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.


  1. 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
    • Proposed budget, as detailed as possible, outlining intended use of funds (rounded to the nearest $10.00)
  1. Link to online portfolio of 20 images (Picasa, Blogspot, Flickr, etc.) to allow the committee to familiarize itself with the student’s previous studio work
  2. A brief note from a faculty member stating a willingness to oversee the project during the summer (may be sent directly to the committee).