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Call for Entries: 2023-24 Penland Undergraduate Art Scholarships

December 1, 2023

Undergraduate Art Awards 2023-2024 Call for Applications


The UNC Department of Art + Art History annual Penland Art Scholarships are open to currently enrolled Undergraduate Studio Art Majors and Minors.


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 winners of these scholarship receive funding to attend the workshop of their choice. Housing and meals are included.

The UNC-CH PENLAND PARTNERS SCHOLARSHIP was created by the Penland School to support students 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.

The PENALND MINORITY SCHOLARSHIP: Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important values to the Department of Art and Art History and to the Penland community. This scholarship is awarded specifically to students who are underrepresented in the Penland student population and who demonstrate need and promise to support diversity and inclusion in the arts. Underrepresented students include students who identify as BIPOC or LGBTQ.

Penland applicants are asked to provide a brief statement describing your eligibility for a Penland award. The statement should address financial need, diversity status or both. Please keep it under 1 page in length (approximately 500 words) and save your file with this naming convention: LastName_FirstName_SupStatement


  • 12/1/2023 by midnight – Application deadline
  • 12/10/2023 – Notification of scholarship recipients
  • 12/15/2023 – Recipients must submit workshop preferences to Penland (a link will be provided in the awardee’s notification letter)


The application consists broadly of two parts: 1) the application form and 2) the submission of your work via SlideRoom. SlideRoom will allow you to save and edit your application progress, but the same is not true of the application form. If possible, it’s best to have your entry materials ready to submit before beginning the application form so you can complete it in one sitting.

You may submit a portfolio of a maximum of 12 images representing 5-8 works of art, including detail or supplemental angle shots. Videos and computer-based entries must be uploaded to a cloud-based platform such as YouTube or Vimeo. Each computer-based piece you submit must have its own unique URL. In the SlideRoom platform, provide a still image(s) representing the computer-based work and include the URL for the piece in the file’s description field.

For each uploaded image, please provide the following information about the work: title, medium, dimensions, date completed, and whether the image is a detail. You may also include a brief description, a few sentences, no longer than 50 works for each image.



A panel of jurors will review and score submitted artwork on the date of the Art Awards. During the review process, Department faculty and staff will process and verify results to ensure fairness and accuracy. The same work may be considered for as many awards as the student is eligible. The Department of Art and Art History reserves the right to award any or none of the available funds.


The University Cashier will be notified of scholarship award winners and will have responsibility for disbursing 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 award recipient.


December 1, 2023
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Beth Grabowski