University of Southern Indiana

Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship

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The 2018 Efroymson $10,000 Bridge Year Fellowship

Call for Applications

Application Deadline: November 20, 2017.


The University of Southern Indiana Art and Design Department is very pleased to announce the 2018 Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship. The Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship is a competitive award program that provides a highly motivated and talented studio art, photography or design graduate of the University of Southern Indiana’s Art and Design Department with the opportunity to develop a strong portfolio in preparation for graduate study, which is often the foundation for a successful career as an artist, photographer or designer. The goal of the Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship is to fund a post-undergraduate year which will allow the recipient to significantly expand the his/her artistic vision, to enhance his or her portfolio, to gain maturity as an artist, photographer or designer, and to successfully gain entrance to graduate school in his/her area of expertise. The Fellowship experiences will make the Fellow much more competitive when applying for graduate school, especially in relation to the acquisition of assistantships.

The Efroymson Bridge Year Fellow will develop a range of skills that are essential to success in a graduate school context and beyond. In addition to providing the awardee with funded time to refine his or her portfolio and necessary application materials, he or she will have the opportunity to gain instructional experience as a teaching assistant, enhanced knowledge of studio/technology maintenance, and participate in gallery administration and visual resource proficiency. The 2018 Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship will be of great benefit to a recent studio art or design graduate who aspires to move to the next level as an emerging artist or designer by pursuing the Master of Fine Arts degree.  

The University of Southern Indiana and the Art and Design Department are most grateful to the Efroymson Family Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this outstanding award.


Efroymson 2018 Bridge Year Fellowship Guidelines

USI majors in studio art, photography and design emphases (graphic design, interactive media, or illustration) who will graduate by the end of Fall 2017 and also recently graduated art/design alumni in those areas of study (within the last three years) are eligible to apply. Candidates must complete the Bridge Year Fellowship application by November 20, 2017. A committee of Art and Design Department faculty members will choose the recipient of the Fellowship, after personal interviews with the finalists held on November 27 and 28. The awardee will be notified by December 1, 2017.

  • The Fellowship period will cover the spring and fall semesters of 2018. The term of the spring Fellowship semester is January 8 – May 2, 2018 and the duration of the fall Fellowship semester is August 20 – December 12, 2018.
  • The chosen Fellow will enroll in Art 589, a 1-credit graduate course at USI each semester. The cost of the course will be covered as part of the Fellowship. The Fellow must apply to the USI Graduate Program as a special student.
  • The Fellow will choose a Faculty Mentor to work with for the duration of the Fellowship. The faculty member must agree to serve as the mentor prior to completion of the Fellowship application. The chosen Faculty Mentor must sign the application form indicating his/her acceptance of the role.
  • The Fellow will be paid a stipend of approximately $4200 for each 15-week semester. This stipend will allow the Fellow time to develop his/her portfolio of work and graduate school applications.  The Fellow will be expected to spend a minimum of 24 hours per week on his/her creative work.
  • The Fellow will receive a work space/office on campus in which to work for the year 2018, and must adhere to all University and Art Department regulations concerning its usage. While the Fellow will not be paid during summer 2018, he or she will retain the space and be able to work there during that time.

  • In the spring 2018 semester of the Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship, in addition to the 24 hours per week of personal work time, the Fellow will be required to assist for one (1) hour per week in studio/technology maintenance and two (2) hours per week as a Teaching Assistant. This teaching may be done under the supervision of the Faculty Mentor or with another faculty member with the consent of the Faculty Mentor.  As a teaching assistant, she or he will have the opportunity to give lectures/demonstrations, lead critiques, and perform other substantive instructional activities.
  • In the fall 2018 semester of the Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship, in addition to the 24 hours per week of personal work time, the Fellow will be required to assist in one of the exhibition spaces at USI (this includes the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries or other exhibition spaces) or work with visual resource coordination in the Art and Design Department for one (1) hour per week. Also in this semester, the Fellow will continue assisting two (2) hours per week as a Teaching Assistant; the duties will be similar to the above spring 2018 semester's responsibilities.
  • The Fellow will be expected to make Fellowship responsibilities the primary focus of her/his energy for the duration of the Fellowship. The total weekly time commitment related to the Fellowship is substantial (27 hours per week).  The fellow is strongly advised to limit her/his outside paid employment to 15 or fewer hours per week.  Working a full-time job concurrently with the Fellowship will be likely to powerfully impair the Fellow's creative output.
  • The Fellow must complete applications to a minimum of 6 (six) graduate programs for 2019-2020 to complete the Fellowship. It is assumed that part of the stipend will go towards the fees associated with the graduate school application process.  Most graduate applications will be due from January 1 – March 1, 2019, so the Efroymson Fellow should plan to complete the applications as the end of his or her fellowship period.

After the end of the Bridge Year Fellowship, the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries will mount a solo exhibition of the work produced over the course of the Fellowship.  The Fellow will be responsible for all aspects of the exhibition, from designing the publicity materials, to creating wall labels, to hanging/installing the work (in conjunction with gallery staff) and presenting a gallery talk at the opening. The Fellow’s exhibit will run from mid-February through mid-March, 2019.


Budget
Resident of Indiana:
One-credit graduate course  Est. $500 per semester including fees 
Stipend for creative work time   $4200 per semester
Stipend for tools and materials $300.00 per semester
The Fellowship will fund two consecutive semesters. Total: $10,000.00

Non-resident of Indiana:
One-credit graduate course   Est $850 per semester including fees
Stipend for creative work time $4200 per semester
The Fellowship will fund two consecutive semesters. Total: $10,000.00



Please complete the downloadable application and deliver to: 

                                                Virginia Thomas, Administrative Assistant

                                                Art and Design Department, AC 207

                                                University of Southern Indiana

                                                8600 University Boulevard

                                                Evansville, Indiana 47712 

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 20, 2017.

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