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Call for Entries: 2023-24 Undergraduate Art Scholarships

January 1

Undergraduate Art Awards 2023-2024 Call for Applications


The UNC Department of Art + Art History annual Art Scholarships are open to currently enrolled Undergraduate Studio Art Majors and Minors. Sharpe is restricted as described below. Candidates for the Sharpe and Kachergis Scholarships must also be enrolled for the following Fall semester. Every year the Studio Art program at UNC-Chapel Hill awards over $22,000 in scholarships.

SPECIAL NOTE: Because of an early deadline from Penland, the Penland Scholarship applications are due earlier than for all other awards. You can apply for the Penland Scholarship on the Penland Call for Entries.

Anderson, Julian, and Kachergis Awards

All participants are eligible for these awards. All participants will be automatically considered for these awards.

The Anderson Undergraduate Studio Award: Dr. Lucia Anderson and her husband established this award to show appreciation to the Art Department for the classes offered here. The award money is to be used by a Studio Art undergraduate student to learn more about art by traveling or securing art supplies that the student could not otherwise afford. Awards are a minimum of $400.

The Alexander Julian Prize: This award will be made to one student whose work exhibits a “high standard of design.” The faculty interprets the word “design” liberally as it relates to the appropriate consideration and integration of formal concerns and craftsmanship with the content of the work of art. The recipient of this award will be honored at the Chancellor’s Awards ceremony in April. Awards are a minimum of $500.

The George & Joyce Kachergis Memorial Studio Art Scholarship: George Kachergis was a studio faculty member who died during his teaching tenure. The University established an endowment known as THE GEORGE KACHERGIS STUDIO ART SCHOLARSHIP FUND in his memory. A student-designated panel selects award recipients. Multiple awards are made and are a minimum $500.

Sharpe Scholarship

While UNC alumni Jonathan Sharpe was not an art major, he created this scholarship in appreciation of his time spent in Art classes. Only students presently receiving aid administered through the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid are eligible. Please contact OSSA for help determining your financial need status. It is Mr. Sharpe’s intent that the funds not replace existing aid, but allow a studio art major to attempt work that would not be financially possible otherwise under the existing student aid allowance for supplies. However, the University has a policy that funds awarded may go automatically to pay outstanding bills, loans or to replace direct aid grants. Students wishing to receive this money in addition to existing aid will need to submit a proposal for the use of the funds with a detailed budget. One scholarship will be awarded specifically to underrepresented students who demonstrate need and promise to support diversity and inclusion in the arts. Underrepresented students include those who identify as BIPOC or LGBTQ. Selected by faculty, awards are a minimum of $500. This scholarship will be given to Juniors and Seniors who are planning to enroll for the fall semester.


  • 1/1/2024 by midnight – Application deadline
  • 1/14/2024 – Notification of scholarship recipients


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.


If you plan to apply for a Sharpe scholarship, you will have the opportunity to submit a supplementary statement by uploading the complete Sharpe Statement form to your application:



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.


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Beth Grabowski