CU plans art scholarship competition; performance grants to be awarded April 1

March 10, 2017
For Immediate Release

By Joan C. McKinney, coordinating director, Office of University Communications

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. — Campbellsville University is searching for talented high school seniors to compete for two art scholarships worth a total of $6,000 each.

The university’s annual art scholarship competition and workshop will be Saturday, April 1, beginning at 10:30 a.m. EDT in room 100 of the Art Building, 205A University Drive, Campbellsville, across from Gosser Fine Arts Center, 210 University Drive, Campbellsville, on campus.

Performance grant scholarships in art will also be awarded to other students who might not be chosen for the competitive art scholarships.

Linda J. Cundiff, professor and chair of the department of art, said registration and submission of a portfolio will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the art building with a free workshop in ceramics at 11 a.m. in Gosser Fine Arts Center.

A brunch will be provided for students, teachers or parents as guests of the

university at noon in the Winters Dining Hall at 411 N. Columbia Ave., Campbellsville.

Interviews with students and examination of portfolios by art faculty are at 12:45 p.m.

The announcement of the winning competitive art scholarships and performance grant scholarships recipients will be at 2:30 p.m. in room 100 of the art building.

A student interested in the scholarship competition or in the performance grants must present a portfolio of his or her finest work to the art and design faculty at 10:30 a.m., but those wanting to participate should contact Cundiff and send in an application before the event.

“This is an opportunity for talented, high school seniors who will be first-time freshmen to compete for an art scholarship,” said Cundiff.

“The winning students will receive $750 scholarship monies per semester for the duration of eight semesters while they attend Campbellsville University as an art major,” she said. The recipients must be art majors.

She said the competing students must have an academic standing equivalent to or higher than a 3.0 grade point average (B average) and maintain that average in college work at Campbellsville University if chosen for these scholarships.

The recipients of the scholarships may also receive performance grant awards and other forms of financial aid.

Any attending student who meets above criteria may be considered for a Performance Grant Scholarship in art as well.

Each competing student, with his or her teacher’s advice, is to select three-15 of the “strongest and finest” examples of his/her artwork to take to the competition.

“The pieces selected should show ambition in idea, execution, style and technical skill,” Cundiff said.

“Of the pieces selected, the student may select options of what kinds of media to

bring,” she said.

The three-dimensional work can consist of either sculpture, ceramics, fibers, weaving or mixed media; black and white pieces can include a variety of media including graphite, charcoal, chalk, scratch board, pen and ink, ink wash drawings, black and white media or mixed media, and colored pieces including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, colored pencils, tempera, color prints or other colored media.

She said there should be a variety of themes and subject matter to include figurative or portrait work, landscape, still life or other ideas and themes.

Cundiff said all work must be original and by the student. She said no pieces copied from another artist’s work will be accepted and no work based upon pre-packaged kits and no photo mechanically reproduced prints will be accepted.

She said all two-dimensional work should be correctly matted, covered in acetate, shrink wrapped or framed.

Questions concerning the competition should be directed to Cundiff at (270) 789-5268 or; or Davie Reneau, associate professor of art, at or at (270) 789-5267, or the university switchboard at (270) 789-5000.

Campbellsville University is a widely-acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 4,500 students offering over 80 programs of study including 19 master’s degrees, six postgraduate areas and seven pre-professional programs. The university has off-campus centers in Louisville, Harrodsburg, Somerset and Hodgenville with instructional sites in Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Summersville and a full complement of online programs. The website for complete information is

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