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Students participate in art installations and exhibitions.

Student Opportunities

Art students may apply for scholarships or to participate in programs, internships and competitions.


Art Department Scholarships

The Art Department awards Student Talent Award Scholarships over a four year period to outstanding senior high school students that have accepted full-time enrollment at UWF as a declared art major.  The scholarship can only be used towards tuition and qualifies for both the fall and spring semesters.  The student must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 gpa at UWF, be enrolled full time, and maintain the art major status.   Application deadline is March 31. If interested, after January 1 please send:  1. A letter of introduction regarding you work and interest in the visual arts; 2. Your high school transcripts; 3. A letter of recommendation from a teacher; and 4. A CD or Flash Drive with 10-12 images of your art work to

  • Art Scholarship Competition
  • Art Department
  • University of West Florida
  • 11000 University Parkway
  • Pensacola, FL 32514 

Donna Fassett Scholarships

$500 award to each of six UWF students in the arts that have completed at least one semester of university coursework.  The deadline is in mid-September and is made through the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival.  You will need to volunteer several hours during the festival itself (November). The awards are announced in October.  For more information, visit online. 

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Student Opportunities

Arrowmont Residency Program

Each year the Art Department sends two current (seniors graduating in the spring are not eligible) UWF students to the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN for a week in the summer.  Information will be discussed in classes and students selected by April.  For information on Arrowmont go to

Blue Morning Gallery Scholarship/Exhibition

Every year a junior in the art department is selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship and one-person exhibition at the Blue Morning Gallery in downtown Pensacola. 

Internships at the Pensacola Museum of Art and The Art Gallery

Internships are available at the department’s art gallery and the university’s museum through our museum and gallery practicum course. 

Ambassador Program

Each year several advanced students are selected (through application) to be Art Department Ambassadors.  These students participate in high school outreach.  Ambassadors are eligible to be considered for the UWF arts advocacy awards, an honor that recognizes students who bring attention to the essential role of the arts in Florida’s quality of life.  Arts advocacy awards are presented at the state capitol in Tallahassee. 

ADDY Awards

Graphic design students compete yearly for ADDY awards sponsored by the American Advertising Federation.  This is the first part of a three-tiered process in a national competition in which students have the opportunity to advance from a local to a district level.