In addition to the ASA portfolio competition, students at the SENIOR level may apply for the Sara Jane Venable Scholarship. Lansing Art Gallery, through its Art Scholarship Alert Program, has created this scholarship in recognition of Sara Jane Venable's tremendous contribution to art education in the Greater Lansing Area and to her leadership in statewide art organizations. The purpose of this scholarship is to support a deserving student artist in his/her pursuit of higher education in the visual arts. A stipend of $1,000 will be given to an accredited institution of the recipient's choice for tuition
Seniors wishing to apply to both ASA and for the SJV scholarship must do so separately.
To be eligible for the Sara Jane Venable Scholarship the student must:
- Be a high school SENIOR living or attending school in the mid-Michigan counties of Ingham, Clinton, Eaton, Ionia, Shiawassee, Barry, Livingston, Calhoun, and Jackson.
- Be going on to higher education in the visual arts field at an accredited school within one year of high school graduation.
Artwork guidelines: All original artwork including drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints, photography, digital/computer based works, jewelry, and textiles are accepted. Collaborative work is not accepted. No work may be copied from published photographs or other artwork. Entries must not exceed 6 feet in any direction.
Portfolio: Your portfolio must include a total of ten works of art including:
- five works created in the last two years that have NOT been previously exhibited in Art Scholarship Alert.
- five works created in the last four years. These images can include artwork that HAS been previously exhibited in ASA.
*Portfolio images should be in jpeg format. Each image file size should not exceed 1MB. Images should be in color.
Essay: Please upload a one-page typed essay, titled "What the Arts Mean to Me", that will assist the panel of jurors in their selection process. The emphasis of the essay should be on your involvement in the arts and what it means to you. This essay should also include your educational and career interests as well as insight about your ideas and execution of your artwork.
List of Related Art Activities: Please list all art classes and related art activities in which you have participated during your school career, which colleges and universities you have applied to, which you have been accepted to, which school you plan to attend, and when you will begin your major.
Entries must be submitted below by midnight on March 1, 2018.
JURY PROCESS: The panel of jurors will review the portfolio, essay, and related art activities. However, the majority of weight will be given to the quality, consistency, and depth of the five works created in the past two years. The SJV award winner will be notified by phone on March 9th, 2018.
ACCEPTED ARTWORK: The SJV recipient will have 5 works on display in the ASA Exhibit on April 3-26, 2018 at Lansing Art Gallery. These works must be delivered to the Gallery on March 27th (11:00 – 6:00 p.m.) and may not be withdrawn before the close of the exhibit. The SJV recipient will receive special recognition at the awards ceremony on April 13.
Accepted two-dimensional work must be either matted with a WHITE or BLACK professional quality mat board (with a full size foam core, mat board, or cardboard backing) OR dry mounted. Do not attach wires or any other framing hardware to unframed artwork. Framing is optional. Stretched canvases should have neat, secure edges and must have an attached wire for hanging. Pastels or charcoals must be sprayed and/or covered with plastic or acetate. Do not laminate. Each work must have a title card attached to the back.
ARTWORK PICK UP: Artwork must be picked up on either April 27 (11-6pm) or April 28 (12-3pm). Any work not picked up by May 5, 2018 will become the property of Lansing Art Gallery.
CONDITIONS: Lansing Art Gallery takes the utmost care while handling and storing artwork, but cannot be responsible for loss or damage from any cause, whatsoever. Permission to photograph accepted artwork and/or the students with his/her artwork and to use student’s full name for publicity and fund raising purposes shall be understood to be granted unless specifically denied in writing. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian’s consent to apply for SJV.