Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Art sponsors over eight scholarships and awards programs for its students each year. Applications for these awards are accepted- and winners are announced- each Spring semester. To be eligible to win one of these scholarships, applicants must be active students and meet that scholarship's eligibility requirements during the semester the money will be awarded.

Certificates and awards will be announced at the Annual Student Awards Show reception on March 28, 2018. Students can apply for annual scholarships at MySacState Student Center- Academic Works. The deadline to apply is early in the Spring semester each year. Information about departmental scholarships including eligibility, requirements, and application instructions follow.


The Annual Student Awards Show

2017 Student Awards show

Any undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled in classes at Sacramento State in the academic year may apply for inclusion in the Annual Student Awards Show. All participants in the Awards Show are eligible for certificate awards. However, eligibility for scholarship awards varies depending on the students' academic programs and classifications. Eligibility for any scholarship award requires enrollment at Sacramento State in the semester of the Awards show. No student can earn the same scholarship award more than once.

There are four award categories in Studio Art. The Raymond W. and Joyce Witt Scholarship Award in Studio Art for any Sacramento State student with a declared minor or major in Art or Photography. All media are eligible. The Frederick M. Peyser, Sr. Prize in Studio Art for any Sacramento State undergraduate. Only two-dimensional media are eligible. This includes painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media on paper, and new media in two dimensions, such as digital images, animation, video, and interactive works. The University Art Product Award for works of art in ANY medium that are submitted by Sacramento State undergraduates with a declared major in Art and an overall GPA of 3.0. The Increase Robinson Memorial Fellowship Award is for classified graduate students in Studio Art. Entries may be in any medium. Download the Award Show entry form.


The Peggy Saunders Hall Memorial Scholarship

Devil's Kitchen, photo by Tammy Helenske

The Peggy Saunders Hall Memorial Scholarship is a $5,000 award to support an outstanding undergraduate Art student who has chosen teaching at any level as a future goal. It was established in memory of the late Peggy Saunders Hall (1928-2010), a talented artist and enthusiastic teacher who was one of the first Sacramento State students to graduate with a BA in Art (class of 1949). Open to Junior and Senior students with a declared major in Art and an overall GPA of 3.0. Apply at My SacState Student Center- AcademicWorks.

 

 


The Juanita and Jose Montoya Memorial Scholarship

Celina Gonzalez Cortez and Michelle Lee drawings

The Juanita and Jose Montoya Memorial Art Scholarship is a $500 award to support an outstanding undergraduate Art student with an interest in teaching. It was established in memory of Emeritus Professor Jose Montoya (1932-2013), an art educator at Sacramento State for twenty-seven years. His teaching emphasized the tremendous responsibility of being an art teacher, using art to tap into a student's innate curiosity and inspiring learning. Open to Junior and Senior students with a declared major in Art and an overall GPA of 2.7. Apply at My SacState Student Center- AcademicWorks.

 

 

 


The Ruth Rippon Ceramic Scholarship

Sculpture by Robyn BrakelThe Ruth Rippon Ceramic Scholarship is a $1000 award offered once a year to an outstanding student majoring in Studio Art, with an emphasis in ceramics, who shows promise in making ceramic art a career. It honors Emeritus Professor Ruth Rippon (b. 1927), a Sacramento native and widely-celebrated ceramic artist, who taught ceramic art at Sacramento State for more than three decades. Open to Junior and Senior full-time students with a declared major in Art, an emphasis in ceramics, and a GPA of 2.0. Classified graduate students in Studio Art with an emphasis in ceramics and a GPA of 3.0 also may apply. Apply at My SacState Student Center- AcademicWorks.

 

 

 

 


The Raymond W. and Joyce Witt Art History Competition

Student at Crownpoint Press

The Raymond W. and Joyce Witt Art History Competition gives out two awards of $100 each. One prize is awarded in each category. Category A entries may be graduate or undergraduate art history research papers. Art History papers written for HIST 100 also are eligible. Category B entries may be graduate or undergraduate art writing of any genre. This includes art reviews, catalog essays, critical analysis, catalog entries and blogs. Students may submit one entry per category. Apply at My SacState Student Center- AcademicWorks.