The Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship is a competitive award program that provides a highly motivated and talented studio art, photography or design graduate of the University of Southern Indiana’s Art and Design Department with the opportunity to develop a strong portfolio in preparation for graduate study, which is often the foundation for a successful career as an artist, photographer or designer. The goal of the Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship is to fund a post-undergraduate year which will allow the recipient to significantly expand the his/her artistic vision, to enhance his or her portfolio, to gain maturity as an artist, photographer or designer, and to successfully gain entrance to graduate school in his/her area of expertise. The Fellowship experiences will make the Fellow much more competitive when applying for graduate school, especially in relation to the acquisition of assistantships.
The Efroymson Bridge Year Fellow will develop a range of skills that are essential to success in a graduate school context and beyond. In addition to providing the awardee with funded time to refine his or her portfolio and necessary application materials, he or she will have the opportunity to gain instructional experience as a teaching assistant, enhanced knowledge of studio/technology maintenance, and participate in gallery administration and visual resource proficiency. The Efroymson Bridge Year Fellowship will be of great benefit to a recent studio art or design graduate who aspires to move to the next level as an emerging artist or designer by pursuing the Master of Fine Arts degree.
The University of Southern Indiana and the Art and Design Department are most grateful to the Efroymson Family Fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this outstanding award.