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The art and art history department believes that students learn both inside and outside the classroom and thus provides multiple student experiences that enhance the skills taught within the classroom and studio setting.
Scholarships and Awards
The Department of Art and Art History offers the Baker Duncan Fine Arts Scholarship, awarded each year to incoming first-year students who intend to major in studio art. The department also offers two awards to recognize and honor the outstanding artistic achievements of exceptional senior art students.
The Baker Duncan Fine Arts Scholarship is awarded yearly to incoming studio art majors. Awards range from $2,000 to $10,000, and the award is renewable for up to eight semesters (excluding summer) on the condition that the recipient becomes and remains a major in studio art, continues full-time enrollment, and maintains a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or above.
Your application packet must include the following:
- Résumé. Please include your contact information: name, address, e-mail address, and phone number.
- Artwork. 10-15 digital images of your artwork. Artworks may be in any medium. Images should represent the work as accurately as possible. Each image should be saved as a jpeg with a file size not exceeding 3MB. Label your images as follows: 01 Your Name, 02 Your Name, etc.
- Image List. Please provide separately a list of images with your name at the top. The image list should be numbered (to correspond with the number on the jpeg file name); for each image on the list, include the title, materials/media, and dimensions.
Applications must be received by February 1
Submitting your Application:
You may submit your application packet by mail or electronically as a pdf. There are no additional application forms.
To submit by mail, send your application packet to:
Baker Duncan Fine Arts Scholarship
Department of Art and Art History
One Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212
To submit your application online:
- Combine your resume, images (drag and drop into your document), and image list into a single Word file, then 'Save As' a single PDF file.
- Go to www.wetransfer.com (you do not need wetransfer mobile, or wetransfer plus), follow the directions, and send your single PDF file to firstname.lastname@example.org
Outstanding Senior Award
The Frances K. Hendricks Fine Arts Award was established by the Spurs sorority to honor the late Frances Hendricks, a professor in the history department for more than 30 years and a Spurs sponsor. The award honors a graduating senior majoring in one of the fine arts who has made an outstanding contribution to the arts community at the University. It is presented each year to encourage students in the fine arts to become a vital force in the larger life of the campus.
The award honors one student per year and consists of a plaque and $150.00. Procedures for nomination are as follows:
Each year at the beginning of the second semester, members of the departments of art and art history, music, and human communication and theatre will meet independently to discuss the qualifications of students within their department who are eligible for this award. Each department submits the name of one candidate together with a written statement describing the candidate's qualifications for consideration. Along with on-campus involvement, the panel will also consider artistic contributions to the larger San Antonio community.
The Excellence in Art awards are chosen by the faculty in the studio arts program to recognize outstanding achievement in studio art.
The Excellence in Art awards are given to one or more students based on the following criteria:
- Senior status
- Art major
- Ongoing evidence of outstanding achievement (quality and depth of work) in the production of studio artwork in one or more of the following media: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital photography, or digital art, and the potential to continue in the field of studio arts
- G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher
- Nomination and endorsement by the studio art faculty
Exceptional students may write theses and independent studies directed by faculty members. Students may serve as research assistants to faculty members or undertake summer research supported by a Mellon Summer Research Fellowship.
Art students go beyond the canvas to research art and art history, often using funding from the Mellon Initiative to support their projects. Often, art research is interdisciplinary, tying in the fields of history, chemistry, and more. For example, Katie Warford '20 partnered with chemistry on a chemistry/art research project.
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Office of Experiential Learning
Undergraduate research is central to Trinity University's values. The Office of Experiential Learning provides a place for students to gain information about internships, community service and service-learning opportunities, beyond the classroom course projects, and undergraduate research opportunities.
Today, cross-cultural understanding is as much a practical necessity as an educational standard. Study abroad is an embodiment of the liberal arts ideals and a sign of the initiative and breadth often looked for by employers.
Venture to London, Paris, Florence, Edinburgh, Mexico City, Tokyo, and around the world! Students are strongly encouraged to go abroad in order to gain an international perspective, study art in the world’s great museums, and to see extraordinary works of architecture.
Michael and Noémi Neidorff Art Gallery
Students gain hands-on experience in all aspects of gallery management at the Michael and Noémi Neidorff Art Gallery, housed on campus. The gallery puts on four exhibitions annually, including student-developed shows.
Internships are offered in coordination with local institutions such as the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA), the McNay Art Museum, and ArtPace, as well as a wide range of state and national cultural institutions, including museums, galleries, cultural centers, schools, and art agencies.
Types of opportunities
Internships encompass a variety of activities, from research, to helping arrange an exhibition, to some physical labor (such as loading or unloading art works) or clerical tasks. The clear emphasis, however, should be on scholarly and intellectual activities.
How to get started
An internship is arranged by the student together with the institution offering the position. The student and proposed supervisor will arrange the details of the internship, specifying the focus of the project, the type and range of activities involved, and the number of hours per week that the student will be expected to commit to the project.
Aside from learning techniques and producing art in our studios, students also show their art in a variety of exhibitions.
Learning begins on the Trinity campus, which was designed by O’Neil Ford, one of Texas’s most important modern architects, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It continues throughout San Antonio, one of the most architecturally rich cities in the United States. Here students study significant buildings from the eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries and experience extraordinarily vibrant natural and cultural landscapes.
Trinity University Architecture Travel Fellowship
The Architecture Travel Fellowship supports self-directed study of architecture anywhere in the world. Recipients have traveled to Europe, North Africa, and Japan. Their photographs are collected for use by the university community in the Iris Digital Library.
Trinity Art Collective
The Trinity art collective provides an open forum for active student and faculty dialogue within the department. The club also seeks to stimulate art-based discourse to enrich the Trinity community, encourage participation in the real-world art community, and establish post-graduation professional guidance opportunities. While many of our members are art and art history majors, we also invite any students with an interest in art to participate in our activities.
Lecture Series and Events
Stieren Arts Enrichment Series
The Stieren Arts Enrichment Series brings distinguished artists and art historians to campus to lecture and show their work. Students typically meet with them during their visits.
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