The Department of Art and Art History provides competitive awards for qualifying majors who wish to undertake study projects that take them off-campus. Typically, that might be research for a senior thesis, or a second internship (in the year after receiving Lynk UAF funding for an internship). Projects must contribute to a student’s academic major in a substantive way. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. Awards normally range between $500 and $1,000. All junior and senior projects must be completed by May of the student’s senior year.
The Richard Hsiao Asian Art Award
In memory of Richard Hsiao, lecturer in Asian Art at Mount Holyoke from 1971 to 1977. The Richard Hsiao Award provides a qualifying student with $2000 to travel to Asia to study any aspect of Asian art. The award is available to both studio art and art history majors. Projects for study may range from visits to art museums and enrollment in an art program, to an independent project relating to studio art or art history. Applicants must show a strong interest in Asian art, and an ability to conduct the desired study in Asia. Students must have taken appropriate courses in Art History, Studio Art, and/or Asian Studies in order to qualify for an award. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. In some cases, knowledge of local language may be required. Students must indicate how their study in Asia will contribute to their academic program at Mount Holyoke. International students returning to their home region for study may not be funded. Study Award Application.
The Helen Vannett Award
Awarded in memory of Helen Vannett, a member of the Department’s staff.
The Vannett Award helps defray expenses for art studio or art history majors who are undertaking special projects related to courses. No application required.
The Margaret V. C. Gould Scholarship
The Gould Scholarship helps defray expenses for art studio or art history majors who are undertaking independent study projects. No application required.
Fellowships for Graduates
The Joseph Skinner Fellowship
The bequest of Joseph Skinner, a nineteenth-century Holyoke industrialist who was a Trustee and Benefactor of the College. Awards are made to graduates of Mount Holyoke who are pursuing graduate work in Studio Art or Architecture. Skinner application.
Additional information about these fellowships can be found in the College's fellowships office.