All forms of artistic expression, from visual to performing, provide a context for exchange across cultures. Recognizing the role that higher education institutions have in supporting cultural conservation, fostering intercultural dialogue, and promoting innovative artistic expression, The University of Texas System institutions strive to enrich their communities through the sponsorship of various arts and art education programs. The arts enrich the experience of students through curricular and co-curricular activities. Campus involvement in the arts also impacts the economic development of surrounding communities by helping to develop aspirations for higher learning and providing venues for artistic presentations.
To recognize student achievement in the arts and humanities, The University of Texas System Board of Regents has developed awards for outstanding students and student groups that excel in four areas: the musical arts, the visual arts, poetry writing and short essays. The specific Area for recognition will vary each year. For 2014, the UT System Board of Regents will recognize creative writing. There will be awards made in two categories: Poetry Writing and Short Fiction. One winner will be named in each category. A $1,500 monetary award will be made in the winners’ names to the department of their choice. The award will be split with the student and the awarded department.
|January 31, 2014||Entries are due to the office of the Dean of Students (SAC 3.104) at 5 PM for Preliminary Review. Nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel.|
|February 14, 2014||Entries advancing to the UT System will be notified. Up to 6 entries (no more than 3 in Poetry Writing, no more than 3 in Short Fiction) will be submitted to the Office of Academic Affairs|
|April 1, 2014||Award recipients are announced|
|May 2014||Award recipients are invited to attend a Board of Regents meeting|
The awards are open to full-time undergraduate students studying at a UT institution.
The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) will administer the program on behalf of the UT System Board of Regents. The awards will be determined by a selection committee appointed by the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. OAA staff will review all recommendations and will forward those candidates meeting the specified criteria to the selection committee for consideration. The selection committee will include three experts from outside the UT system. Selected members of the Board of Regents may be involved in the final selection of winners.
All materials submitted for consideration will become the property of the University of Texas System, and will not be returned.
The finalists may be required to sign permission documents to allow UT System to publish work on a limited basis.
An applicant can only win in one category
The Creative 40 Acres application is now closed.