The 2020 Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship has been awarded to Gertrud Müller who will be using the funds toward a 2-week internship at the Muzzio Center in Watsonville, CA with Kathleen Crocetti and the Community Empowerment Art Project. Her work will focus on engaging the community from the design phase of a project onwards; how to attract funding for large community projects and gain more technical knowledge about large scale mosaics.
The panelists this year were Julia Lang-Shapiro and Beth Giacummo.
Ms. Lang-Shapiro is an accomplished artist and Director of Media, Visual & Performing Arts for the Long Beach Public Schools in Lido Beach, NY. Ms. Giaccumo is an artist, activist, curator, and educator living in New York. She is an accomplished artist, a founding member and first Executive Director of the Patchogue Arts Council and as of 2019 the Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art LI.
Beth Giacummo writes: The work that the application Gertrud submitted is beautiful and dynamic in its aesthetic and application to various forms both three dimensional and two-dimensional surfaces. The artist’s past work and merits are very impressive and all build toward the goals the artist has clearly set.
Her past work with communities brought together people from a wide range of different cultural backgrounds, building strong connections through the practice of mosaic and offering an outlet to many that otherwise may not have this type of art experience. This is exactly the type of project we need more of now than ever as the arts continue to also serve as a source of hope and refuge.
This scholarship will help Gertrud refine technical knowledge, serve as a residency for her to focus and reflect on past work, and learn what is necessary to take her work to the next level. I feel in awarding Gertrud this scholarship she will be able to truly gain the next level in her practice and in-turn there are going to be many communities and people who will benefit from her knowledge and generosity.
Julia Lang-Shapiro writes: I selected Gertrud as the scholarship recipient because of the community aspect of her work, and her narrative statement. When she spoke about mosaics as a way to unite the community as part of dealing with the pandemic or utilizing it as art therapy with the refugees in Ankara, you realize that she is taking her work to another level. Even in her last paragraph of the narrative where she speaks about her dream to return to her home country to “open a centre for community mosaic art there with a focus on involving immigrants.” This is an artist who is not only interested in growing her own artwork and skills, but also sharing it with others, that is a true master. Gertrud’s work also showed off her versatility, some of the pieces have a very painterly quality to them, contrasted by the geometric forms in her community murals. I hope she has a wonderful experience at the Muzzio Art Center and continues to share her work with the world!
2020 Scholarship Application: Applications are now closed
2020 Application Guidelines Eligibility
- Applicants must be SAMA members for at least 12 months prior to applying
- Applicants must be 18 years or older.
- Applicants must demonstrate an interest in mosaic art, and must clearly articulate how a focused educational opportunity will support their growth as a mosaic artist
Who is not eligible to apply?
- SAMA Staff, current Board of Trustees and Advisory Board members, and their families
- Groups, organizations, businesses, and 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entities
- One individual may not apply on behalf of another
How many Scholarships will be awarded in 2020?
The Robin Brett Mosaic Scholarship will award one scholarship in the amount $2000.00 for 2020.
What types of learning experiences will be funded?
- Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed learning experience will give them the critical skills and knowledge necessary to take their next big step as a mosaic artist.
- Learning experiences provided by established, credible organizations and/or instructors.
- Examples of acceptable learning experiences include workshops, classes, conferences, training, master classes, and seminars.
- Funding is not limited to mosaic-specific programs.
Who will choose the Scholarship Recipient?
The SAMA Scholarship committee will screen the applications for completeness, and then forward them to a volunteer panel of reviewers who will choose the Scholarship recipient.
If I receive the Scholarship, will I be required to provide a follow-up report on my learning experience?
Yes, within 30 days of completing your learning experience, you must provide a follow-up report that includes a written narrative along with images and a list of expenses. You are also required to talk about your experiences at the following SAMA Conference general meeting after your scholarship experience.
If I receive the Scholarship, how will the money be awarded?
SAMA will pay one half of your scholarship ($1000.00) within one month of the award. The second half ($1000.00) will be awarded upon completion of all education and receipt of your written follow-up report and expense report.
How can I get an Application Form?
if you’d like to print out guidelines click this link: 2020 Scholarship Application Instructions for reference.
Any questions or issues with the form may be directed to, Libby Hintz at email@example.com
THE APPLICATION IS ANONYMOUS SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS NOT ON ANY DOCUMENT, LETTER OR FILENAME. Please do not put your name anywhere in an attached document or in the filename of a document or image you are attaching.
Here is a checklist of all the items you will need prior to starting your online application process, you will need to fill out the information about yourself online and attach the following documents:
- Narrative statement (Title it: “Narrative Statement”)
- Budget (Title it: “Budget”)
- Resume (Title it: “Last Name” Resume)
- Recommendations – two letters of recommendation (Title it: ”Recommendation Letter No 1” & “Recommendation Letter No 2”)
- Documentation supporting learning experience (Title it: “Documentation”)
- Image Documentation: This is a list of the five images you will be submitting with the corresponding titles for each image (Title it: “Image Documentation” This list allows the panelists to refer to all images submitted)
- 5 images of your artwork – You will be able to attach your images in a separate location in Slideroom
NOTE: ALL applications must be received via SAMA’s link to Slideroom by July 15, 2020, 11:59pm EST. Applications WILL NOT be accepted by hand-delivery, fax, or email. Slideroom will keep your application in draft form until you are ready to hit apply.
What are the key dates and deadlines 2020 Scholarship?
- Application available: May 15, 2020
- Application deadline: July 15, 2020 11:59pm EST*
- Award Notification: September 15, 2020
Who do I contact if I have questions about the application process?