Roy Crane Award

for Outstanding Achievement in Performing Arts (2020)

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.

News: Four Students Honored with 2020 Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Performing Arts (June 8, 2020)


Applications Closed


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 achievements. 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 PDF document (no larger than 5 MB). The PDF needs to include links for up to 10 min of work in total of one or multiple performances. For each work, please use a separate page which includes the performer’s name, title of work, date of performance, brief description of the performance, an optional still image of the performance, and a link to an audio or video file of the performance, with a password, if applicable. Work submitted must represent creative achievement while enrolled at UT Austin. Research or analysis does not qualify.
  2. Faculty nomination letter: a faculty member can nominate no more than one individual.

Applications are closed

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.

Year Name
Khristián Méndez Aguirre
Mackenzie Lawrence
Jose Martinez
Emily Tolson
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

Application Support

The University of Texas at Austin is using an Interfolio product to collect award applications. Applicants to this position receive a Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

For help signing up, accessing your account, or submitting your application please check out Interfolio’s help and support section or get in touch via email at or phone at (877) 997-8807.