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Financial Aid and Scholarships


Financial Aid and Scholarships

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Joe Harris Annual Packaging Scholarship

Visual Communication

Joe Harris Annual Packaging Scholarship

The Joe Harris Scholarship is a $2500 award presented annually to one student in the Visual Communication Design area who exhibits outstanding work in packaging design. To apply, students must submit an application form, a brief essay and a digital portfolio that demonstrations excellence and the potential for success in the area of packaging design and development. The scholarship recipient is determined by a committee who reviews each candidate based on academic performance, financial need, a statement of purpose and the presentation of exceptional packaging and design work.

  • The deadline for submission of materials for the 2017 Joe Harris Scholarship is 5:00pm on Friday, January 27th, 2017. 


  • Am a full-­‐time student in the Art + Art History department who has passed the 21 hour portfolio review (CPR) for the Visual Communication Area.
  • Have completed or am currently enrolled in Art 4392-­‐006, Packaging & 3D CAD
  • Have an Art GPA of 3.25 or higher and a University GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have completed enough credits to be considered a Junior or Senior.

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Arlington Arts League, Inc. Community Scholarship


Arlington Arts League, Inc. Community Scholarship

  • March 21 - April 5, 2016 | Applications Accepted in the Art Office
  • Deadline: April 5, 2016
  • April 8 | 8:30AM - 10:00AM >> Students set up work at Studio Arts Center (810 S. Davis room 122) for judging (minimum: 3 pieces, maximum: 5 pieces)
  • April 8 | 10:30AM - 2:00PM >> Judging takes place, no students allowed during this time.
  • April 8 | 2:00PM - 3:00PM >> Students pick up work at Studio Arts Center (810 S. Davis room 122)
  • April 11 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM >> Winners will be notified
  • April 29 | 4:30PM - 7:00PM >> Awards reception, Arlington Independent School District Professional Development Center


*Students cannot be present during judging.
Applicants must be enrolled at UT Arlington during the semester he/she applies and must be attending UTA in the upcoming Fall. Scholarships apply to the beginning of the following fall semester. Applicants are to describe their future plans and any special needs required to accomplish their goals. Students may submit any two-dimensional or three-dimensional work produced while a student at UTA. Carefully read the application for full details and requirements. Applications are available here and in the Art + Art History office.

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Wishful Wings Photography Award


Wishful Wings Photography Award

The Wishful Wings: James S. Barnett, Jr. Charitable Foundation awards four students with $500 each Fall and Spring semester at UTA in recognition of outstanding work in photography. Students will submit portfolios to be juried by two professionals from outside UTA in each Fall and Spring semester of the academic year. The jurors evaluate student achievement based on a presentation of a cohesive body of work. An honoraria will be given to four current students to exhibit the work in a four person show at Gallery West and give a public presentation at the reception.

Ideas in Art - Barnett Foundation


Ideas in Art

  • 2/15-2/26 Ideas in Art Exhibition @ Gallery West

  • 2/16 – Exhibition Reception @ Gallery West, 4:30-7pm

  • 3/10 Graduate Info Session

  • 3/17 Application period begins – Application Packet submissions begin

  • 4/22 Sign-up period ends and Application Packet due ***

  • 4/28 Set-up work at the end of the day in designated studio space set by Department Area Head. Will later receive Identification Name Plate.

  • 4/29 Juror on Campus.

***Note: Art History applicants are required to submit 3 to 5 previously produced essays along with their written proposal.


The intent of the Ideas In Art Awards competition is to encourage student-artists to:

  1. Formulate and present project proposals in written form. (500 words)

  2. Simulate the competitive environment of grant proposition.

  3. Offer strong participants financial support for their creative endeavors.

  4. The Open Studio format promotes an environment of artistic community with an avenue for students to showcase work and artistic vision, as well as their creative process.


James S Barnett Jr. Foundation

In support of this project, the James S Barnett Jr. Foundation provides funds annually for scholarship and program event support. The amounts awarded are allocated as follows: Two awards of $500 for Undergraduate students Two awards of $1,750 each for Graduate students.


2016 Competition Requirements

‘Ideas in Art’ provides students with the freedom to use any appropriate media to realize their project. Candidates are required to complete an ‘Ideas in Art’ Application Packet, including a 500 word Written Proposal, along with one image with a recent work of art) by the designated deadline in the “Important Dates” above.


Open Studio Day (items to be displayed)

  • Artist Statement

  • 4 - 6 previous works to display in designated Open Studio space assigned in the Fine Arts Building.

  • Summary sheet of your work.

  • Special Note: Any necessary accommodations will be made for the Film/Video/Media submissions in order to showcase their work on Open Studio Day.

  • If submitting a collaborative piece, ,make sure to list what parts you had in the completion of the overall project.

Please note: The recipients of these awards will be expected to present completed projects at Ideas in Art exhibition during February 2017.


Eligibility Criteria

Cash awards will be provided to students who meet the following eligibility requirements and have been identified the featured judge, as outlined in the “Selection and Award Process” section of this document

  • * Minimum 3.0 ART GPA
  • * Enrolled in 9+ credit hours
  • * All current majors and concentrations eligible (Studio, Media, Art Certification, and Art History)
  • Graduating students are eligible – must return to present final project


Selection and Award Process

A non-affiliate juror, with strong ties in the DFW artistic community, will be charged with selecting the entries that have the strongest proposals and overall presentation that best represent the spirit of Ideas in Art.  

Ranking is based upon the following criteria:


* Overall concept

Artistic merit, originality and innovation of applicant’s work and proposal

Application emphasizes imaginative scope and vision 


* Written proposal


* Finalist’s Visual/Written presentation. 

Clear and Concise representation of overall concept


* Potential

Feasibility of project and capacity to meet projects objectives


* Examples of previously completed work

Artistic merit as evidenced by submitted images/essays

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