Arts Council awards 15 summer fellowships for students’ creative projects

For 15 students, this summer will be a time to explore independent, creative projects-ranging from non-fiction writing to animated short films, commissioning of a circus score and a stage adaptation of Chinese short stories.

The Arts Council has awarded $1,500 fellowships to a highly competitive pool of students. Offered annually since 2002, the fellowships are designed to support students' creative pursuits in arts disciplines of their choice.

"The summer fellowships give our students, whether arts majors or not, the resources they need to focus on their own original work," said Heidi Coleman, Director of University Theater and Undergraduate Studies for Theater and Performance Studies.

Coleman, who helped initiate the program and its expansion from five to 15 awards, says the competition is rigorous and "the projects they have proposed reflect the intense, interdisciplinary education that Chicago offers."

The Arts Council fellowship process is open to all currently enrolled graduate and college students via a juried application process, with publication, exhibition or performance to be completed during the following academic year.

The fellowship program is one of five grant projects administered by the Arts Council, which fosters the creation and presentation of arts across the University.

-Stefanie Rothman-White