In 2007, ARTsmart established a Scholarship Endowment in conjunction with the Santa Fe Gallery Association. Each year a panel comprising professional artists, gallery owners, and educators review the portfolios of gifted high school seniors selecting one to receive the ARTsmart Art Changes Lives Scholarship stipend, as well as recipient(s) of the Books and Materials award. Additionally ARTsmart reviews past scholarship recipients and grants them a stipend for their forthcoming year, through graduation. The scholarship award amounts may vary from year to year. 2020-21 amounts: $5,000 for first year, $1,500 for each of 3 subsequent years.

This is state-wide program. Scholarship recipients may come from ANY high school or be homeschooled within the state of New Mexico.

2020-21 Art Changes Lives Scholarship

Scholarship Applications will be accepted in the spring of 2020. The scholarship competition is available for one outstanding New Mexico high school senior who will be starting college in fall 2020 to study visual art or arts education (community college included). The student must have at least 2 completed years of high school art (or homeschool equivalent) and have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

The following materials must be received at the ARTsmart Community Studio at 1201 Parkway Drive by DUE DATE: Friday, May 1, 2020. You may submit them in person or electronically to athomas@artsmartnm.org (original works of art will need to be dropped off or shipped -if applicant lives a significant distance from Santa Fe and shipping is not an option please contact us). Office hours are Monday through Friday 10 am – 4 pm. To ensure someone is available to receive materials please call 505-992-2787 prior to dropping in.

>> Criteria for the 2019-20 ARTsmart Scholarship (PDF)

  • One-page narrative of the importance of art to the student’s past and future education and career in the arts. This should include why you are deserving of the scholarship.
  • Portfolio of work. Portfolio may be digital or pieces of artwork; however ONE actual/original piece must be submitted (if applicant lives a significant distance from Santa Fe and shipping is not an option please contact us). Minimum of 6 digital images of student’s artwork and maximum of 15. Images must be jpeg, pdf, or PowerPoint files.
  • Transcripts verifying 3.0 GPA
  • Proof of acceptance (or application) for school you will attend in the fall (photocopy acceptable)
  • A list outlining involvement in school and community activities
  • Two letters of recommendation

The selection process involves a panel of ARTsmart Visual Arts Committee members reviewing each application. Student’s art teachers do not participate in the final decision but they will be consulted regarding attributes such as work ethic and attitude. It is the student’s responsibility to pick up their portfolio of work following the scholarship selection.

The 2020-21 scholarship winning student will receive $5,000 for the first year and $1,500 for each of 3 subsequent years. Note: the 3 subsequent years’ scholarship may be revised upwards or downwards depending on ARTsmart funding. The ARTsmart scholarship recipient may be announced by school personnel at the school’s graduation ceremony. The award will be given directly to the college/university in the student’s name. The student or teacher will provide ARTsmart with the contact name and address of the admissions department of the student’s chosen college/university.

Questions: Contact Amanda Thomas, ARTsmart Executive Director, athomas@artsmartnm.org or 505.992.2787.