These awards were created and funded in 2002 by Byron and Deanne McKeown. At present they are open to students majoring in Ceramics and Sculpture, although it is possible that they may be extended to other departments in coming years.
We see our grant as a way to minimize a financial obstacle when it's the only thing preventing an abstract concept from becoming a reality. We are not even sure that the execution of the concept has to be successful. Naturally, we all want to succeed, but it is possible that more is learned from failure than from success. The most important thing we both learned at KCAI was to ask questions, not how to answer them correctly. We really have to encourage more young people to identify the problem, not the solution. Our society has lots of bright folks that are very adept at solving problems, but not many know how to identify them.
Being an artist is not an excuse for being unable to communicate outside your area of talent. To effectively communicate we need, not only to learn other languages, but we also need to learn how to select the one most appropriate for a give situation. Whether it's explaining our work to a client, sharing an idea with a stranger, teaching a class, or in this case, asking for a grant, it's all about communication.
The funds are intended to:
-buy materials, small tools, and/or equipment to help fund the production of artwork.
- travel to study and document art or other areas of interest in another locale.
The total amount of money for each grant is $2000.
Students must complete one semester of studio work in good standing and enrolled as with a major area of study.
1. Type and submit a proposal which clearly describes your intended project and the reasons it will further your development as an artist. Where will the project occur? What is the time line?
2. Submit a budget with your proposal. Make an itemized list of expenditures. Be sure to carefully consider the total cost of the project (including documentation) and to research the costs of individual items.
3. Submit any pertinent support materials, such as drawings for a proposed piece or installation, or about a museum or locale you plan to visit and why.
4. Submit at least six labeled slides or CD of your past art work.
5. The project must be completed by the end of the spring semester of each year.