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Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities

Phyllis J. Lepke Endowed Graduate Award

 

The Phyllis J. Lepke Endowed Graduate Award was created to further the Center's mission to illuminate the role of the arts and humanities in contemporary society.

 

Deadline: February 2, 2010

 

  • Description
  • Eligibility
  • Guidelines
  • Application

     

    Description

    This annual award will provide $1,000 to a graduate student who wishes to study and/or write arts criticism for the general public.

    The term "arts criticism" should be construed to include informed reviews or essays focused on the performing arts, visual arts, design fields, and art media, as well as public exhibits and literary readings in the arts and humanities. This criticism should be well informed, but written for the general public rather than for a narrow, single-discipline academic audience.

     

    Eligibility:

    Graduate students enrolled in one of the core arts and humanities departments or interdisciplinary programs associated with the Center are eligible to apply for the Lepke Endowed Graduate Award.

    CEAH-affiliated departments and programs include, but are not limited to the following:

    Departments

    • Art and Design
    • Architecture
    • English
    • History
    • Landscape Architecture
    • Music
    • Philosophy and Religious Studies
    • World Languages and Cultures
    • Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

    Programs:

    • African American Studies
    • American Indian Studies
    • Bioethics
    • Dance
    • Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
    • Latino/a Studies
    • Textiles and Clothing
    • Theater
    • Women's Studies

     

    Questions regarding an applicants' eligibility should be directed to CEAH, at 294-1594 or snorvell@iastate.edu

     

    Guidelines:

    Deadline: Applications are due February 2, 2010, with the winner to be announced TBA.

    Allowable expenses may include, but are not limited to student research/writing-related travel expenses, conference or institute fees, fees for supplemental instruction not available at ISU, research/writing-related supplies or services, or attendance at a workshop devoted to the study and/or writing of arts criticism.

     

      This award does not support:
    • thesis writing
    • courses available at ISU
    • publication in academic journals or books

     

    A published article, or at the very least, a manuscript prepared for submission to a specific publication, will be expected at the CEAH office no later than one year following the date on which the award was given.

    Sample Publication

    A sub-committee of three to five faculty, all members of the CEAH Steering Committee, will evaluate the applications. Criteria include:

    • clarity of the proposal
    • its potential interest to the public
    • how the publication will reach the public
    • its value to the arts and humanities, particularly at ISU
    • its value to the applicant's professional goals

     

    Application:

    Applicants should write a narrative of no more than two pages, single spaced, explaining how they will use the funds, how their work will reach a broad public audience--for example, where they plan to publish or present their work--and how it will benefit the arts and humanities. In addition, applicants should explain how this project will benefit their own development as a professional in the arts and humanities.

    Applications should be submitted electronically to Sandra Norvell, CEAH Program Assistant, at snorvell@iastate.edu

     

Angela Gumm, Graduate Student of History, Winner of the 2009 Phyllis J. Lepke Award

Chelsey Olsen, Graduate Student of Architecture, Winner of the 2008 Phyllis J. Lepke Award

Emily Lupita Plum, Graduate Student of English, Winner of the 2007 Phyllis J. Lepke Award

Essay: Faceless Beauty

Relevant Photos:
"Hirakawa Practice"
"Author with fellow gaikokujinka"
"Author with Canadian Shodans"
"Author with karate partner, Tomoko"
"Tea after meditation"
"Breathe"
"Author in Canadian Dojo"
"Author with Corinne"