A variety of funding sources are available to Junior and Senior studio art majors. Students interesting in the awards may apply to participate in an annual juried competition. Students’ work is juried each December. Applications are available online and in the Department office, 101 Hanes Art Center.

Work to be considered can be set up in two locations: Room 216 Hanes Art Center and the Clean Room at the Art Lab. All work must be clearly identified with the labels provided on the application form. Each student’s work will be considered for all awards for which s/he is eligible. Winners of the awards will have an exhibition of their work in the John and June Allcott Undergraduate Gallery at the end of the spring semester.

The Department reserves the right to award any or none of the available funds. The University Cashier’s Office will be notified of winners and will disburse funds to students. Any scholarships will first credit outstanding debts on the student’s accounts. Any funding in excess of the amount owed will be issued as a residual check and released to the student.


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The John and June Allcott Undergraduate Travel Fellowship in the amount of $3,000.00 enables an art history or studio art student to travel in pursuit of an independent, career-related project within the United States or Abroad.



Currently-enrolled UNC-CH sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply, but preference may be given to Department majors and to juniors. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty advisor in the Department in preparing their applications. Applicants must be available for interviews at UNC-CH during the spring semester.


The fellowship amount is awarded prior to the end of the spring semester. The recipient is expected to:

  1. use the funding during the summer immediately following the award for the purpose described in her/his project proposal
  2. present a written and oral report in the fall semester immediately following the trip
  3. plan to be enrolled at UNC-CH during the fall semester immediately following the trip


The strongest candidates for this award are those who demonstrate their interest in independent study projects that are tied to the student’s personal and career aspirations. Applicants may also indicate their need for financial assistance to pursue the projects they propose. Motivation for travel-study as a learning experience and excitement about the project are also significant factors. Strong consideration will be given to candidates whose university records demonstrate the student’s serious approach to academic pursuits. Projects should be well thought-out and researched for feasibility and cost factors.


Application forms are available in the Department office. Completed application forms should be submitted to the Student Services Manager in the Department by 5:00 p.m. on date specified for that year’s competition. From the written applications submitted, the Selection Committee will choose finalists who will then interview with the Committee before the end of March.

For further information, contact:

Yulianna Aparicio
Department of Art Student Services

Established by Lucia and Allan Anderson, this $500 competitive award allows students to travel or purchase art supplies.


2006:  Kaitlin Rae Almirall
2005:  Michael Jerch
2004:  Lindsey Britt
2003:  Molly Campbell
2002:  Natalie Eason
2001:  Patrick Currin
1999:  Nathan Lankford
1998:  Angela N. Britt
1996:  Ann Gregory-Bepler, Mace Drouillard

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This fund provides supplemental monies for painting supplies for students who are hindered for economic reasons from working to their full potential. Any registered undergraduate with need, regardless of major, enrolled in a Department painting class during the fall or spring semesters will be eligible. Individual students are limited to one request per academic year. Subject to fund availability. Students should see their course instructors for further information. This fund was established by emeritus art studio professor Marvin Saltzman and his wife Jacquelyn Friedman.

This fund supports summer undergraduate research in studio art and was established by a generous donation of R. M. Hanes in the name of Professor Emeritus James B. Gadson. Disbursed as part of the SURF program in the Office for Undergraduate Research, the fund provides for living and travel expenses associated with an approved project, stipends for graduate student mentors, and art supplies.

Named for UNC-CH graduate and world-renowned fashion designer Alexander Julian, this award is made to a student whose work exhibits a “high standard of design.” In selecting the winner of this prize, the faculty interprets the term “design” liberally as it relates to the appropriate consideration and integration of formal concerns and artisanship with the content of the student’s work. The recipient of this award is considered to be one of the Department’s best students and is honored at the Chancellor’s Awards ceremony in the spring.


2006:  Jody Elizabeth Cedzidlo
2005:  Jonathan Westleigh Harmon
2004:  Estie Saunders, Brenna Katharine Murphy
2003:  Claire Elisabeth Anne Hartman
2002:  Bennett Taylor Dansby
2001:  Emerson Christopher Carlton Holt
2000:  Huong Ngoc Ngo
1999:  Laura Lee Snoderly
1998:  Paul Bardinas

This fund is named in honor of former UNC studio art senior painting professor George Kachergis and his wife, Joyce Kachergis. George Kachergis joined the art faculty in 1949 and taught in the Art Department until his death in 1974. Mr. Kachergis was a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibited his work extensively. His paintings were included in Annual exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy, the Art Institute of Chicago, The Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Painting at The Whitney Museum of American Art as well as the American Watercolors, Drawings and Prints Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.


This fund began in an initiative led by Professor Marvin Saltzman, who established an annual faculty and student art auction to raise money for scholarships. The students and faculty subsequently named the fund in honor of Professor Kachergis, and it has grown through generous donations, rather than through art auctions. Award recipients are selected by a student-designated panel. Students applying for this award should not be receiving University loans or financial aid. Up to three awards are made, and although amounts vary, none is less than $400.


2006:  Jody Cedzidlo, Michael Jerch
2005:  Courtney Kotsionis, Yulianna Ponce de Leon, Estie E. Saunders
2004:  Alexis Adams, Michelle Bercovici, Kristin Robinson
2003:  Alexis Adams, Meredith Lipscomb, Elizabeth Reynolds
2002:  Jonathan Baxter, Leigh Suggs, Angela Salamanca, Ed Spooner, Shane McCormick
2001:  Kat Parker, Lauren Adams, Jessica Lindsay
1999:  Emily Clarke-Pearson, Emily Krueger, Stacey Kirby
1998:  Paul Bardinas, Angela N. Britt, Timothy J. Sigmon
1996:  Jennifer Ramsey, Babatola Oguntoyinbo, Jason Frank

This fund supports both Studio Art and Art History undergraduate student research in the Department of Art and Art History.  Research is broadly defined, and students may apply for funds to subsidize individual research or special group research projects that fall outside routine class work. This can include things like purchase of materials, travel to conferences or research sites, support for group or individual exhibitions, including rentals of exhibition spaces.  Proposals may be submitted by individual Studio Art or Art History majors or official undergraduate student groups in the Department of Art and Art History.  In general, to be considered for funding, projects are typically extracurricular, or beyond what might be normally expected for a class assignment.  Projects might be exceptional in their scale and should have potential for lasting impact. Applicants must provide some explanation of their need.  Petitions for funding are reviewed by the Undergraduate committees in Studio Art and Art History.  Studio Art and Art History majors apply directly to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in their area.  In addition, faculty can apply for Pearman funds to enable special projects associated with a class such as field trips or subvention for speakers if such projects relate directly to student-generated research. This relationship must be clearly articulated in the application.  Applications are ongoing, and awards typically range from $100-$500, depending on available funds and demand. The fund was established by a generous donation of Herbert Brown Mayo in memory of his aunt, Beatrice B. Pearman.

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Recent Pearman award winners:

Art history major Katherine Lilley (2002-03) used the funds she was awarded to travel to Princeton University, where she studied depictions of Mary Magdalene from the tenth through the thirteenth centuries in Western Europe. At Princeton, Katie was able to access the Index of Christian Art, a photographic archive of Christian art from ca. 200 C.E. to 1450 C.E.

Valerie Bruchon (2002-03), a studio art major, traveled with a group of Professor Jeff Whetstone’s photography students to Kentucky. There, with the help of funding provided by a Rockefeller PACT grant, the students facilitated photography programs in local schools. When the group returned to UNC, Valerie used the Pearman funding she received to organize, edit, and print the 700+ images made by the students during the trip. The photographs were then exhibited in May, 2003, in Harlan, Kentucky.

Studio art major Deborah Dorland Bradley (2003-04) used the funding to develop and produce her Honors Thesis Project, “The Passion of the Mother,’ which through installation and performance explored the role of women in the world’s largest monotheisms: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

The Penland School of Crafts is located in the mountains of Western Carolina and offers intensive two-week workshops in a variety of media throughout the summer. The winner of this scholarship receives funding to attend the workshop of her/his choice. Housing and meals are included. This award was created by the Penland School to support artists who otherwise could not afford to attend a workshop. Students receiving financial aid may apply. Students not receiving financial aid may apply by including a statement explaining why they could not afford to attend a workshop without this assistance. In their deliberations, the faculty will consider the seriousness students have demonstrated in their course work.


2006:  Jennifer Elaine Wermig
2005:  Ellie Snow
2004:  Lindsey Britt
2003:  Not given
2002:  Jonathan Baxter
2001:  Lauren Adams

Jonathan E. Sharpe, an alumnus of UNC-CH, established this award. Only students currently receiving financial aid through the Office of Scholarship and Student Aid are eligible for this award, as it is intended to allow a studio art major to undertake work that would not be financially possible using only the student aid allowance for supplies. According to University policy, however, the funding may be automatically applied to payment of outstanding bills, loans, or to replace direct aid grants. Students wishing to receive this award in addition to existing aid should make an appointment with the Office of Scholarship and Student Aid with a proposal for a spring project with a detailed budget. Awards are made for a minimum of $500.


2006:  Jennifer L. Parker, Jennifer Elaine Werming, Jessica Rae Theriault
2005:  Jessica Largent, Kristin Pasley, Ellie Snow
2004:  Lindsey Britt, William Harmon, Ginny Lam
2003:  Jennifer Acree, Lindsey Britt, Molly Campbell, Claire-Elisabeth Hartman, Deborah Koling, Lindsay Pichaske, Brad Rolen
2002:  Lauren Adams, Lindsey Britt, Claire-Elisabeth Hartman, Camellia Dawn, Morton, Brad Rolen,  Jennifer Acree, Rebecca Crouch, Lily Bertram, Catalina Garreton, Maura Garcia, Meredith Neville
2001:  Kwong Li, Jennifer Sabo, Alana Gettman, Camellia Morton, Christopher Holt, Autumn-Grace Dougherty, Kieshawn Kearney, Christopher Wretman, John Baxter
1999:  Huong Ngo,  Theresa McKeand, Daniel Shelverton
1998:  Eric C. Bishop, Robert L. Chapell, Jack H. Edinger, Keilayn Skutvik
1996:  Sarah Beddingfield, Jermain Moody, Teresa Maria Finch, Anthony Cervino