Student Funding Opportunities
Each year, students take advantage of opportunities to work with artists and scholars, study abroad, work in artist studios, and travel to professional conferences. The Department of Art and Art History is able to provide limited funding to help support these experiences thanks to the generosity of several benefactors who established endowed funds to support our students. For more details, contact the Head of the Department of Art and Art History.
The I-Hsiung Ju and Chow-Soon Chuang Ju Endowment for Traditional Chinese Art Studies
To honor the life and memory of her husband, I-Hsiung Ju (1923-2012)-a much loved professor of art and artist-in-residence emeritus at Washington and Lee-Chow-Soon Chuang Ju established the I-Hsiung Ju and Chow-Soon Chuang Ju Endowment for Traditional Chinese Art Studies. The endowment is a permanently endowed fund at Washington and Lee University providing support for a student to travel to China or Taiwan to study traditional Chinese art (e.g. brush painting or calligraphy) in either a university approved program or as an apprentice to an artist. The endowment may also fund students traveling to China or Taiwan to enhance his or her study of language and literature. In keeping with Mrs. Ju's wishes, preference will be given to candidates who want to pursue traditional Chinese art.
Each year, a student will be granted an award of roughly $2,000-$5,000. Applications are due to the department chair by the first Monday after February break. Decisions about awardees will be made by March of that year.
Applications should include a résumé, list of relevant course work in Studio, Art History, and/or East Asian Languages and Literature, preliminary budget, and a cover letter. In your letter, please include the following: why you want to go to China; what you would like to do while there; how this relates to your larger program of study; and your previous international travel experiences.
The Pamela H. Simpson Endowment for Art
The Pamela H. Simpson Endowment for Art, established in 2011, is a permanently endowed fund to support the hosting of distinguished academic and professional visitors to campus for brief periods of time to work directly with students and faculty in Washington and Lee's Department of Art and Art History. In addition to bringing scholars and artists to campus, when appropriate, funds are available for art students to visit the studios of living artists in the form of internships and/or apprenticeships.
Annual Pamela H. Simpson Speaker:
- Dawn Ades, "À Propos Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp," November 16, 2017.
- Judith Baca, "Imagining America: Sites of Public Memory," November 29, 2016.
- Pika Ghosh, "Tales in Textile: Negotiating the Home and the World in Nineteenth-Century Bengal," November 17, 2015.
- Stephen J. Campbell, "Titian's Animals," November 17, 2014.
- David Getsy, "Approximate Invisibility: Dan Flavin's Dedications," November 20, 2013.
- Katrina K. Spiezio '18, support for travel to consult with artists and scholars, November 2017.
- Sara R. Dotterer '18, A three-month internship with New York-based artist Taryn Simon, summer 2017.
- Studio art student critiques with visiting critic Saul Ostrow, November 2016.
The Eileen A. Small Endowment for Printmaking
The Eileen A. Small '15 Endowment for Printmaking was established in 2016, to provide support to Washington and Lee undergraduate students studying studio art in the area of printmaking who wish to further their study of current relevant artists, their work, and pre-professional experiences during the academic year or over the summer.