Roy Crane Award

for Outstanding Achievement in Visual Arts (2019)

 

About the Award

The Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts is given each year to a student at The University of Texas at Austin for unique, creative effort in the performing, literary, and visual arts. An undergraduate or graduate student from any major or area of study may compete for the award. The selection committee will give no weight to any entrant’s grade point average or other academic achievement.


Deadline

2020 Deadline will be announced soon.

Eligibility

An undergraduate or graduate student at UT Austin from any major or area of study may compete for the award. The student must be enrolled during the semester in which the application is due. The selection committee will give no weight to any entrant’s grade point average or other academic achievement. To ensure that an entrant’s work may be compared with similar forms of creativity, each year the award committee designates an area of the arts:

2020: Performing Arts
2021: Literary Arts
2022: Visual Arts

The following materials must be uploaded via Interfolio:

  1. Portfolio requirement - Submit a digital portfolio of 6 examples of visual arts and an artist statement. Use a separate page for each image and the artist statement, and then join all pages into a single PDF document (no larger than 5 MB). Each image must include the following information: artist name, artwork title, date completed, materials, size (H x W x D). If image is a video still, include a link to an excerpt of the video that is no more than 3 minutes total. Artwork should be made in the last 2 years. The artist statement is a short paragraph-long statement to accompany your portfolio (no more than 300 words).
     
  2. Faculty nomination letter: a faculty member can nominate no more than one individual.

All of the above materials must be uploaded and your application submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date, to be considered for the 2020 awards.

Award Amount

$1,000 - $4,500*

*Award amount varies based on annual endowment.


About the Donor

ROY CRANE (1901-1977) is called the father of the adventure story cartoon strip. His first creation, “Wash Tubbs,” appeared in 1922. It was soon followed by “Buz Sawyer,” syndicated by King Features, which became world famous, appearing in more than 300 newspapers in the U.S. and being translated into more than ten languages.

The Louvre and the Smithsonian Institute have exhibited Crane’s work. He has been honored by many professional organizations, including the National Cartoonists Society, which gave him a “Ruben” in 1950 as cartoonist of the year.

Born in Abilene, Texas, Crane attended UT from 1919 to 1922. His wife, the former Evelyn Hatcher, was also a student here. Crane was art editor of the CACTUS yearbook and the LONGHORN, a student literary magazine that later merged with the RANGER, and he drew cartoons for the DAILY TEXAN.

His interest in The University of Texas at Austin continued throughout his life. In addition to establishing the award that bears his name, he presented a collection of his cartoons to the University Library. In 1969 he was named a Distinguished Alumnus by The University Ex-Students’ Association.


Past Recipients

Year Name
2019 Matthew Cronin
2019 Brooke Johnson
2019 Emily Lee
2019 Celia Shaheen
2019 Maia Snow
2018 Ifeoluwa Bada
2018 John Bosworth
2018 Annelyse Gelman
2018 Chido Muchemwa
2018 Yuki Tanaka
2017 Sofia Aranha
2017 Gustavo Cerqueira
2017 Jacqueline Heimel
2017 Alex Heppelmann
2016 Ryan Hawk
2016 Ruhee Maknojia
2016 Cameron Quevedo
2015 Julie Howd
2015 F.T. Kola
2015 Adam Ortman
2014 Tony Costello
2014 Kelsey Oliver
2013 Adriana Corral
2013 Zoe Berg
2012 Katherine Noble
2012 Fiona McFarlane
2011 Paul Marbach
2011 Randy Maguire
2010 Leah Haneye