Office of Student Success announces scholarship opportunity for student-artists

Holton Hall contains administrative offices and student services, including the Office of Student Life. Feb 13, 2020. (Archive photo by Dylan Connell | Collegian Media Group)

On a mission to fill the walls of Holton Hall’s student success seminar room — a basement space newly redesigned for classes, conferences and community — the Office of Student Success announced a scholarship opportunity for visual artists on the Kansas State campus.

Consistent with campus-wide efforts to highlight the importance of cultivating mental health, the theme for submissions is “well-being.” Luke Matulewicz, managing director of tutoring services, is the committee lead heading this initiative.

“Success means a ton of different things to everybody. … We all want to be better,” Matulewicz said. “We thought [the initiative] would encapsulate a great kind of message to have while we’re in the space.”

Matulewicz said 3 Holton Hall — a room with blank walls and versatile usage — is missing an infusion of student life. Its recent upgrade from an overflow cubicle office to a flexible gathering place reflects new well-being of its own.

Artists can use the medium of their choice to express the theme, with submissions due at 5 p.m. on Oct. 11, through a Qualtrics form on the K-State website. Students can explain the style and significance of their entry.

Selected students will see their work displayed in 3 Holton Hall and receive a $500 reimbursement on tuition paid for the Fall 2021 semester. Matulewicz said he does not foresee pieces being removed from Holton Hall anytime soon after installation.

“We don’t have a timeline of when we want to take them down … but definitely [at least] a year, probably much longer than that,” Matulewicz said.

Emmiley Springfield, junior in apparel and textiles marketing, said the scholarship is a chance to open up creatively.

“If I qualify as one of the winners for this scholarship, it would mean the world to me because I am starting to dive back into the aspect of creating, and being rewarded for that would make me beyond happy,” Springfield said. “The opportunity to have others view my work and understand my story through my art is certainly a goal.”

The scholarship committee will choose the winning pieces on Nov. 8 and recognize the winners during finals week.