New: Sura Wolff Wengrow New York Museum Grant

University of North Carolina at Asheville
Sura Wolff Wengrow New York Museum Travel Grant

The Sura Wolff Wengrow New York Museum Travel Grant provides two UNC Asheville studio art majors (BA or BFA) $750 each to support a four-day trip to New York for experiences at art museums, galleries, and artists’ studios. The Grant is intended to inspire students making plans for the capstone exhibition and prepare them to pursue a career as an artist after graduation. It is expected that the visit would take place over either Fall or Spring Break, whichever follows the semester of your application’s acceptance.

Eligibility: All declared studio art majors (BA and BFA) are eligible to apply while in the second level of their declared concentration (i.e. Printmaking II). Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA within Art and Art History, which can be found on GradPlan. Candidates should also intend to enroll full time the following two semesters.

Application Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, October 30, 2017

Download the Application Sura Wolff Wengrow New York Museum Travel Grant

Completed applications, which include both a written statement and a digital portfolio files, should be emailed to Suzzy Sams, ( by the Application Deadline. Late applications will not be reviewed.

Requirements of the Grant:

1. A typed written statement (500 words or less at the bottom of this application)

2. Artist portfolio of 10 images (PowerPoint).

The statement should address the following three topics:

  1. Describe how you believe visits to museums and galleries in New York will deepen your artistic practice and contribute to your plans for your senior exhibition. Include information about museums and galleries you have previously visited. What museums and galleries would you want to see in New York? Are there specific works/artists/genres you want to study?

  2. Describe how you will document your experiences during the trip and follow-up presentation on campus. Documenting the trip is required, but the format for documenting your trip is up to you. Some possibilities include live blogging during the trip, keeping a written journal, keeping a sketchbook or photo/video journal. How you plan to document will be evaluated as part of your application.

  3. You will also be required to share your experiences on campus after you return. Describe how you will do this. Some possibilities include, posting your written journal, sketchbook or photo/video journal on the Department of Art and Art History website or making a live presentation on campus at the UNC Asheville Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Selection Process:

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of Art Department faculty and one outside evaluator. Decisions will be based on both a student’s artistic promise and academic record. Preference is given to students who have not visited major museums in major cities.

Financial Aid:

If selected you will receive $750 to support transportation to and from New York, housing in student accommodation, and admissions to two museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. You will be responsible for meals and other incidentals.

Students interested in competing for this grant are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (828.251.6535) to learn how this award may impact their current financial aid package.

You are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid to inquire about additional funding possibilities.

Grant given in memory of Sura Wolff Wengrow (1908-2016), a native of Allendale, South Carolina, and a 1928 graduate of the University of South Carolina. She lived most of her life in Columbia, South Carolina, where she was active as a homemaker and community volunteer. She was always an avid craftsperson in various media, mostly fiber and fabric. She also developed a business as an imaginative cake decorator and enjoyed having Governor and Mrs. Robert McNair among her clients.  Growing up in Allendale, where she spent her early married life, she knew the grandparents and parents of the little boy who became the painter Jasper Johns.  She followed his rise in the art world with great interest and enjoyed telling stories about the young Jasper as a child.  After she moved to Asheville, she and he corresponded a few times, sharing their Allendale recollections and her memories of his first art teacher at the University of South Carolina.  That teacher encouraged the young man, who famously said that he “grew up in a town where there was no art,” to study in New York.  Mrs. Wengrow too encouraged young artistic talent to look beyond familiar horizons, and the Sura Wolff Wengrow New York Museum Travel Grant honors that spirit.

 Sura Wolff Wengrow in conversation