2017 Awards Show and Art History Competition

Call for Applications

Any undergraduate or graduate student who is enrolled in classes at Sacramento State in the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester may apply for inclusion in the Awards Show. All participants in the Awards Show are eligible for consideration for certificate awards. However, eligibility for scholarship awards varies depending on students’ academic programs and classifications (described below).  Eligibility for any scholarship award requires enrollment in courses at Sacramento State in Spring 2017; no student can earn the same scholarship award more than once.

There are four scholarship award categories in Studio Art:


  • R. W. Witt Scholarship Award in Studio Art: for any Sacramento State student with a declared minor or major in Art or Photography; all media are eligible.

  • Frederick M. Peyser, Sr. Prize in Studio Art: for any Sacramento State undergraduate; only two-dimensional media are eligible (including painting, photography, printmaking, mixed media on paper, and new media in two dimensions, such as digital images, animation, video, and interactive works).

  • University Art Product Award: for works of art in ANY medium that are submitted by Sacramento State undergraduates with a declared major in Art and an overall GPA of 3.0.


  • Increase Robinson Memorial Fellowship Award: for classified graduate students in Studio Art; entries may be in any medium.

There are also two awards in Art History:

  • Any undergraduate student with an Art/Photography major or minor, and any classified graduate student in Art (including the Special Major MA), may compete for the R. W. Witt Scholarship Award in Art History. Instructions for the Witt Art History Essay Competition will be available online and in the Art Office, Kadema 185, beginning the 1st week of the spring semester.


Application Instructions:

Entering the Award Show competition (both the Art Competition and the Art History Essay Competition) requires filling out and submitting an application form with the Art Department office (Kadema 185; or as an e-mail attachment, to no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Entries for the two categories in the Witt Art History essay competition must be submitted to the Art Department office electronically (send via email to ) by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (see the separate instruction sheet for the essay competition, to be posted the 1st week of the spring semester).

The Award Show art entries (as many as three works of art per student) must be brought to the Robert Else Gallery between noon and 4:30 on Mon. & Tues., March 6 & 7.

All art entries must be completely finished and ready for installation when they are brought to the Art Department; any new media works or other art entries needing special equipment or installation must come with the necessary instructions (please contact the Art Department before March 6 if any additional equipment is needed for the piece to function). An entry label (available in the Robert Else Gallery on March 6 & 7) must be attached to each piece entered in the Awards Show.