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.
2020 Deadline will be announced soon.
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:
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).
- 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.
$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.