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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 2018 Joe Harris Scholarship is 5:00pm on Friday, January 26th, 2018.


  • Am a full-­‐time student in the Art + Art History department who has passed the 21 hour portfolio review (CPR) for the Visual Communication Design Area.
  • Have completed or am currently enrolled in Art 4374, 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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  • 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.

The Robert Hower Scholarship honors Professor Robert Hower’s prior leadership of the Department of Art & Art History. During the thirteen years in which he served as chair, the department programs grew in strength and recognition and gained accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Professor Hower’s international impact as an artist, recently honored by the United Designs Alliance Medallion, and his concern for transformative education have inspired students, faculty and staff.

The yearly deadline for submission of materials for the Robert Hower Scholarship is 5:00pm on the last working weekday (M-F) of January.


  • Incoming student who will major in Studio Art or Art History (freshman or junior level transfer student).
  • A GPA requirement (3.0 +),
  • Examples of studio work or art history research supplemented by outstanding and/or significant evidence (i.e. a letter from their art instructor)of art program-community volunteer activities within their High School or Community College Art program.
  • To maintain the scholarship, continued volunteer support within the department and successful progress towards a degree will be required.
  • May be awarded for two to four years.

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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.