Roy Crane Award

for Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts (2017)


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.


May 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM

Nominee Qualifications

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:

2017: Performing Arts
2018: Literary Arts
2019: Visual Arts

Nomination Process

Part I: Faculty Nomination

A faculty member must submit a letter of nomination for the student applicant using the nomination link on this page.  The letter should speak to the student's creative effort and achievement while at UT Austin.  Research or analysis does not qualify.  No faculty member may nominate more than two students.

Part II: Student Application

The student applicant must submit a performance portfolio using the application link on this page. The portfolio should be a single PDF document with the following information included:
- Performer's name
- Title of work
- Date of performance
- Brief description of the performance
- A still image of the performance (optional)
- Link to an audio or video file of the performance, with the password, if applicable

Students may submit up to 15 minutes of work in total, of one or multiple performances.  If multiple performances are submitted, please use a separate page of the PDF with all of the information listed above for each performance.

Work submitted must represent creative achievement while enrolled at UT Austin.

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
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