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New Summer funding opportunity available for our undergraduate majors and minors. Application deadline extended to March 1, 2021!

Poster graphic advertising the Allcott Social Justice and Art Fellowship, Summer 2021

The John and June Allcott Art & Social Justice Fellowship for summer 2021 offers an opportunity for Studio and Art History students who want to gain experience with social practice and community engagement or to develop a more socially conscious method. The 2021 Allcott Art & Social Justice student fellows will pursue projects at the nexus of art, local history, and social justice, using as their springboard the oral history archives of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Oral History Trust in Chapel Hill. Throughout the summer of 2021, students will work towards a creative response to the MCJC’s community-first history site, From the Rock Wall, which offers a “rich, layered, and multi-perspectival view of the historically Black neighborhoods that make up what are currently known as Northside and Pine Knolls in Chapel Hill, NC– areas that emerged as labor enclaves under Jim Crow”. The goal of this socially engaged initiative is to support students in creating social impact projects that help build bridges between and within historically marginalized and underrepresented groups and the wider community.

The proposed art or research project could be socially engaged, education-based, community-integrated, or historically focused, but should emphasize a creative engagement of the histories and cultures of local communities by utilizing the oral archive as research or influence. The completed project should focus on demonstrating the value of art-based interventions and creative strategies for promoting social and racial justice.

Two fellowships of $3,500 each, one for Studio and one for Art History, will be awarded to support the pursuit and development of this project. Currently enrolled UNC-Chapel Hill Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors* are eligible to apply, but preference will be given to majors and minors in the Department of Art and Art History.

Information about how to apply is available here: Art History Awards, and here: Studio Art Awards, Students should apply by submitting an application, project proposal, and a project budget to Mario Marzan,, by March 1, 2021, 4:00 pm.

Just added to the website and updating regularly: Remote Teaching Resources for Studio Art and Art History


The Department of Art & Art History is a dynamic center for research, teaching, and learning. Our mission statement—make/frame/reveal—encapsulates both the history and practice sides of the department: we celebrate and embrace experiential strategies, contextual understanding, diverse viewpoints, new insights, and innovative approaches. As an interdisciplinary combination of makers and interpreters, investigators of the present and the past, we are poised to address some of the most pressing social and cultural issues of our time—technology, globalization, politics, ecology, memory, identity, economics, ideology—in all their complexity. Art is a laboratory for experimentation, examination, analysis, and engagement. The Department’s breadth of expertise, methodology, and experience makes it a place for critical thinking, for challenging students to be curious, inventive, thoughtful, and courageous not only to reach new heights, but remake the very standards of success. With each of the six degrees we offer, we encourage students to see things anew, to shift perspectives, dig deeper, and imagine the previously unimaginable—to make, frame, and reveal.