Awards

The Sweet Briar College Friends of Art offers internship awards and student prizes for Sweet Briar students interested in creative art and museum studies. 

Friends of Art Internship Awards 2024

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

SBC Friends of Art is pleased to announce the continuation of its internship awards. The three awards below are instituted to help students with general costs such as living expenses and travel during a paid or unpaid internship scheduled for Summer 2024 . All applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate students at Sweet Briar College. Judges include art gallery staff, career services office staff, and a member of the FOA board.

To apply, email the following:

  • Short statement describing student’s goals in participating in the internship (~500 words)
  • Evidence of internship offer from a qualifying off-campus internship
  • Current transcript and resume
  • One professor contact for reference

Submissions should be emailed as PDFs to: cvanloenen@sbc.edu

Deadline: Friday March 8, 2024, 5:00 pm (Start of Spring Break)

Museum Internship Award Museum Internship Award recipient Jayda Fletcher '24 with laptop used in 2023 virtual museum internship with Maine Historical Society.


FOA Museum Internship Award | $2,500

SBC students are invited to apply for an award to support them in an internship at a museum off campus. Host museum may be any size and may be located anywhere in the world. The museum may feature any kind of visual art or may focus on other disciplines. Host museums should have at least one full-time staff member and be dedicated to collecting, preserving, and/or exhibiting visual arts or historical artifacts.


FOA Visual Arts Internship Award | $2,500

SBC students are invited to apply for an award to support them in an internship or apprenticeship off campus in a professional artist’s studio, or with an atelier, visual artists’ cooperative, artists’ retreat, or similar organization. Host organization may be any size and may be located anywhere in the world. Host organization should have at least one full-time staff member and be dedicated to the creation, support, or promotion of visual art and visual artists.


FOA VCCA Internship Award (Juniors & Seniors) | $5,000

In celebration of Sweet Briar’s partnership with the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, FOA is pleased to offer a paid internship to an incoming or graduating senior to work at the VCCA during the summer period. The SBC student may be from any major field, but should have a record of achievement in art history, arts management, creative writing, music, or studio art.

The student will work on a project determined by the VCCA to gain general knowledge in arts administration and specific experience in the operation of a prestigious residency program. The internship term runs full time for 8 weeks (320 hours). Judges include art gallery staff, career services office staff, and a member of the FOA board. Top finalists are interviewed by VCCA staff. VCCA determines the final candidate for the award.

To apply, email the following:

  • Cover letter or statement of motivation (~500 words)
  • Current transcript
  • Resume
  • Two contacts for reference

Submissions should be emailed as PDFs to: cvanloenen@sbc.edu

Deadline: Friday March 8, 2024, 5:00 pm

VCCA Interviews will begin March 18, 2024. Finalists will be contacted by March 28, 2024.

Please note if you wish your internship to be part of the Arts Management certificate requirements you need to register for DART 377.

Writing Prize Writing Prize recipient Renee Taylor '24 with Mary Frank print that inspired a poem Taylor wrote in 2023.


Friends of Art Student Prizes 2024

SBC Friends of Art is pleased to announce the continuation of its student prizes. Students are invited to submit work that must, in some manner, react or respond to an artwork held in the Sweet Briar College art collection or exhibited on campus in the past year.

All applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate students at Sweet Briar College. There is no particular academic discipline from which submissions must come. Work must be original and created solely for the purpose of this award.

  • Submissions should be in the form of a single PDF and/or JPEG if applicable.
  • may include separate audio file or video.
  • Submissions should be emailed to: cvanloenen@sbc.edu

Deadline: Monday, April 15, 2024, by 5:00 pm


FOA Writing Prize | $500

SBC students are invited to submit original writing inspired by an artwork held in the Sweet Briar College art collection or exhibited on campus in the current academic year. Submissions may be any type of original writing (for example, poetry, short story, journalism, academic research). No minimum or maximum length requirement. Submissions must include an image of the artwork that inspired the original writing. Judges include art gallery staff, Art History and English department faculty, and a member of the FOA board.


FOA Studio Art Prize | $500

SBC students are invited to submit original visual art in any medium recently created and inspired by any artwork held in the Sweet Briar College art collection or exhibited on campus in the current academic year. Submissions should include a high-resolution image and a statement describing artwork and the inspiration it took. Submissions must also include an image of your artwork and the original piece. Judges include art gallery staff, studio art department faculty, and a member of the FOA board.


FOA Performance Prize | $500

SBC students are invited to submit original creative work in any form or medium recently made and inspired by any artwork held in the Sweet Briar College art collection or exhibited on campus in the current academic year. Examples of creative work in this category may be, but are not limited to, musical compositions, dance choreography, performance scripts, film/video. Creative work that crosses disciplinary boundaries is encouraged. Submission should include appropriate files (audio or video if appropriate) for the creative work and an artist statement describing artwork and inspiration. Submissions must also include an image of the artwork that inspired the original work. Judges include art gallery staff, Division of the Arts faculty, and a member of the FOA board.

Studio Art Prize Studio Art Prize recipient Lilly Lee '23 with Joyce Bartlett print from Air: 24 hours series that inspired her.