Events & Programs

Research in Arts Scholarship Program

The Research in Arts Scholarship (RIAS) represents a creative partnership between the USF Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the Department of Art and Art History, which aims to foster student passion for inquiry and discovery. Two essential elements comprise the RIAS Scholarship: financial support, and comprehensive training in research skills and professional development. Under the direction of faculty mentors and OUR Program Directors, RIAS Scholars who participate in the USF School of Art and Art History's Summer Study Abroad Paris Program develop and produce research-based art projects from idea to installation.

Award Details

Scholarship Award Amount: $1,500
Award is distributed during the fall semester

Program Overview

RIAS Learning Objectives

 

2018 Research in Arts Scholarship Application Announcement

APPLICATION DEADLINE (Deadline Extended!)- Friday Feb. 23, 2018 

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

** A Note About Mentors: Research Mentors must be USF or affiliated faculty. In addition, local working artists or other arts professionals may be eligible to serve as mentors with the approval of the art department and OUR. Graduate students are NOT eligible to serve as mentors.

Applicants will be contacted for a pre-selection interview. Students selected for the award will receive final notification of acceptance by Friday, March 2, 2018

 


 

IMPORTANT NOTE: In addition to the application materials listed below, scholarship applicants must also attend the RIAS Information Session on Fri. Feb. 9 at 2:00pm in LIB 210. During the session applicants will receive detailed information about the scholarship including expectations and responsibilities.  

Art Studio Applicants – Application Materials

Application packet must include all items listed below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications must be submitted electronically to OUR by 11pm Fri. Feb. 23, 2018
Subject Line: Research in Arts Scholarship Application


1. Statement of Interest (500 word minimum), which includes the following points:*Information about your academic and professional endeavors including coursework completed in the program, areas of interests related to your major, participation in activities such as internships and/or gallery shows
*Details regarding why you have applied for the scholarship ( i.e. Why do you want to participate in research), and what you hope to gain from the RIAS experience
*A description of how the RIAS experience "fits" with your future career goals and aspirations
*A brief summary of your preliminary ideas for your research project. For example, what theory or concept will guide your project? What aspect of Paris will inform your research?

2. Artist Statement: Must include what motivates/inspires you to create art; concepts/ideas you explore through your art; describe the mediums/techniques you use in your art making; describe your art making process.

3. Professional Resume/CV

4. Mentor Letter of Reference: Letter must indicate that the mentor will direct the project throughout the duration of the initiative (during summer, fall semesters). It should also explain how the mentor will provide oversight for the project and assist the student in understanding the research process.

5. Artist Portfolio: (minimum 5 images; jpeg format and sized at 300dpi)
(** Note About Formatting: Compose Statement of Interest and Artist Statement in Microsoft Word / Statements must be single-spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font)

 


 


Art History Applicants – Application Materials

Application packet must include all items listed below. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications must be submitted electronically to OUR by 11pm Fri. Feb. 23, 2018

Subject Line: Research in Arts Scholarship Application

1. Statement of Interest (500 word minimum), which includes the following points:*Information about your academic and professional endeavors including coursework completed in the program, areas of interests related to your major, participation in activities such as internships and/or museum work
*Details regarding why you have applied for the scholarship ( i.e. Why do you want to participate in research), and what you hope to gain from the RIAS experience
*A description of how the RIAS experience "fits" with your future career goals and aspirations
*A brief summary of your preliminary ideas for your research project. For example, what theory or concept will guide your project? What aspect of Paris will inform your research?
2. Professional Resume/CV
3. Mentor Letter of Reference: Letter must indicate that the mentor will direct the project throughout the duration of the initiative (during summer, fall semesters). It should also explain how the mentor will provide oversight for the project and assist the student in understanding the research process
4. Writing Sample
(** Note About Formatting: Compose Statement of Interest and Artist Statement in Microsoft Word / Statements must be single-spaced using 12 point Times New Roman font)

2017 Research in Arts Scholars

Alejandro Aguirre

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My name is Alejandro Aguirre, and I am currently a junior in USF pursuing my bachelors in Studio Art. After receiving my bachelors in studio art I plan on moving on to the architecture program in USF and get my Masters in architecture.
I am highly inspired in the connection of religion with art. Therefore, I have focused more into art that was inspired by religion, and I have enjoyed appreciating these type of art. Paris and Rome are two cities that maintain a numerous art collections and relics from the beginning of the Christian church (The Catholic Church in particular). I look forward to learn from religions in other countries. The architecture from different temples and cathedral are extremely impressive in my perspective. The architecture work is probably what I admire and appreciate in art because it takes a lot of thinking and creativity to get such work done, but that is only my perspective.

Avery Dyen

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My name is Avery Dyen and I am a second year Art History student pursuing a Bachelor's degree at USF. After graduation, I plan on applying the critical thinking and research skills learned in this program to law school and a career in law. Art History has taught me to go beyond simply viewing art and focus on the research needed to understand the artist's relationship with the past and what vision they may have for the future. Prior to studying art history, I was unaware of the abundancy of education which art can provide. Not only does the field expand one's visual perceptiveness, but also forces familiarity of the deep historical context needed to understand the work. My lifelong fascination with history and its role in the visual arts is what ultimately convinced me to devote my undergraduate years to the study of art history. While in Paris, I will focus on a period of history that is significant to my own heritage- the Holocaust and World War II. In particular, I will study in-depth the Marais Jewish quarter of Paris during World War II. I will visit the Museum of Jewish Art and History, where the works of Jewish artists who fled to Paris to escape anti-Semitism are displayed. I will also visit the Shoah memorial to study the record of documented Jewish persecution. The goal of my research will be to document the modern Jewish quarter and understand how French anti-Semitism and the events of World War II impacted physicality of the neighborhood and the identity of the Parisian Jews that lived there.

Madeline Hammer

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My name is Madeline Hammer and I am a junior at the University of South Florida. I transferred to the University of South Florida from my previous institution, Santa Fe College, because of the rich opportunities that Tampa holds for artists and art historians due to the array of museums, galleries, and the research focused university.
Throughout my time as an undergrad studying art history, every course I adopt deepens my passions towards artists and has planted a desire in me to want to preserve art. This is not only reserved in a literal conservation sense, but helping to preserve art by increasing exposure to the public and paring that exposure with contextual education.
For my research project, I hope to explore various institutions and spaces throughout time that use their location to strengthen art by exposing it to certain social classes. Specifically, this research aims to investigate dioramas within public spaces and how their presence alters the location socially. My focus will be on three specific dioramas all from different time periods to provide comparisons; one from the Renaissance, one from the Nineteenth Century, and one that is contemporary.
Studying in Paris and participating in the Venice excursion created the perfect opportunity for this research because both locations hold a variety of churches and museums that play into my research topic. First, I will explore the contemporary art museum Palais de Tokyo in Paris and their current "Dioramas" exhibition. I also intend to visit the Saint Gervais-Saint Protais church, a town just outside of Paris which features a diorama by the artist Louis Daguerre. And lastly, during the Venice excursion I hope to study the San Zaccaria Altarpiece by Giovanni Bellini at the church of San Zaccaria.

Kaitlin Harrington

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My name is Kaitlin Harrington I am a senior. My major is Studio Art and this now my second year at USF. I transferred from Hillsborough Community College where I earned my associates degree in liberal arts. But I am more than just a student I am also an artist. I own my own craft business Kaitlinscraftys and sell at conventions and craft shows. It gives me a whole new perspective when it comes to studying Art History and Art in general. It all started from being very sick with pneumonia and mono at the same time right after graduating high school. It was so bad I had to start college late but due to months of being housebound and bored I began my craft business. Last summer I got study abroad in Paris a month with six days in London and it was amazing experience. I took an art history course over there and did my research scholarship on my favorite French Queen Marie Antoinette. I cannot believe the impact the RIAS has on me as an academic student, artist, and just myself personally. When I returned from Paris and completed the RIAS experience last year I was so amazed how clear it was to me to switch my major from Art History to Studio Art. I believe this is one of my best decisions I have ever made next to marrying my husband of course. I am so proud of my accomplishments and cannot believe I can get the opportunity to participate once again. This summer I am taking a Studio Art class with a month in Paris and six days in Venice. My research for this summer's project is not yet certain but will include either Marie Antoinette in a different way or King Louis the sixteenth.

Maria Hollenback

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My name is Maria Hollenback and I am a fourth year studio art student. After changing my major several times, I have finally immersed myself in what I love: art. I love to explore all types of traditional mediums: sewing, drawing, embroidery, painting, printmaking, collage, bookbinding; you name it, I've probably done it. Making art is therapeutic and essential for me. I have been using my work primarily as a way of communicating my feelings because more often than not, I have a hard time communicating these things through speech. Traveling is one of my other passions, so as soon as I heard of the opportunity to study art in Paris, I was immediately interested. I'm excited and scared to see what kind of new emotions I will explore on my first trip outside of the United States, and how much I can create during this time. I'm interested in so many topics, including gender identity, non-religious spirituality, social justice, and existentialism. Because I have so many interests it's been difficult to choose one specific topic to focus on. With that being said, it will be interesting to see what really piques my interests while abroad. I'm looking forward to see where this trip leads, what opportunities I will find, and how much I will grow.

Karen Menard

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My name is Karen Menard and I am not your typical art student. I am a junior pursuing my second bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida. My first degree, in mathematics education, opened doors for me to work in the information technology field as well as a high school math teacher. As long as I can remember, I have loved art and if I wasn't using the creative juices that flow through my veins to make something "artsy", I was thinking it. I began my current journey at Hillsborough Community College and took every class possible related to art. I recently transferred to USF and cannot express how awesome the experience has been for me. Studying art is what I was supposed to do all along, and now it is all I want to do. When the opportunity to go to Paris was presented to me, I nearly wept with excitement. I have been there twice before, but not with a specific focus on my passion, "Art, Man!" While in Paris, I plan to research the contemporary form of art that is as spontaneous and courageous as I am. The film "Exit through the Gift Shop" has been an inspiration for me to emulate the style of art that abounds in the city of Paris. Street art and graffiti can be seen on the sides of buildings on the streets of the city of lights, and in the tunnels that run below it. From my research, I hope to find a greater understanding of the cultural roots of this art form that is embraced by a city that has been historically saturated with art for centuries.

Alex Snider

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My name is Alex Snider, and I am a junior at the University of South Florida. I am currently majoring in Geography and Anthropology, and I am thinking about going into urban planning or forensic anthropology in the future. I love learning about the history, culture, and people of different places around the world, and I especially love whenever I get the chance to travel to these diverse locations and experience these places for myself. Moreover, I enjoy learning about and creating art, especially anything involving Impressionism or Post-Impressionism. That is why I am thrilled that I get the opportunity to go to Paris this summer and do a research-based art project about my experiences and observations in France. While in France, I plan to use participant observation to see how people utilize urban spaces throughout the city. I want to see how different environments and parts of the city are used by people, and I want to observe all the unique ways in which people interact with their surrounding environment. I have done similar observations of public spaces before for some of my Anthropology classes, such as at Disney World, but I am excited to be doing this type of research in such a large, cosmopolitan urban setting. I am ecstatic to be given this titanic opportunity, and I cannot wait to see what this experience and research project will be like.