Art & Art History Scholarships and Awards

Danny West Memorial Scholarship
Danny West was a musician and artist whose work delighted Chico audiences for more than 20 years. Danny graduated from Chico State in 1982, with a BA in art. This award was established by his friends to turn his good-nature and lifelong love of learning into a gift that will aid new art teachers along their journey.

Janet Turner Memorial Scholarship
Established and funded by the Board of Directors of the Janet Turner Print Museum, this scholarship is designated for a BA or BFA student in printmaking. It memorializes and honors Janet Turner, well known printmaker, respected teacher, and print collector during her career at Chico State. Turner’s collection is the heart of the The Turner, the only such print collection in the CSU system.

Ken & Donna Morrow Memorial Scholarship
When long-time faculty painter Ken Morrow and his wife, Donna, died in a car accident, his family and colleagues endowed this award to honor the career of this much loved teacher and community art activist. The flame sculpture on First Street, symbol for CSU, Chico, was created by Ken Morrow’s students under his mentorship. This award is for artistic achievement and potential.

Mary Ahlquist Memorial Scholarship
This award is for art history or art studio majors and recognizes artistic promise and academic achievement.

Pierce/Trucksess Watermedia Scholarship
Professor Emerita and former Chair of the Art Department Ann Pierce endowed this award to honor her mother, Frances H. Trucksess. Over time this endowment has grown to become one of the art department’s major scholarship awards for upper division and graduate students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in watermedia.

Ruby Ravekes Scholarship
For art and art history majors, this award recognizes academic achievement, and was endowed by Jack Ravekes to honor the memory of his wife.

Sarah Frisbee Hamilton Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1980 by Mrs. James Dowrie in honor of her mother. It is dedicated to students preparing for careers in art or art education, and selection is based on academic achievement and potential.

Exhibition Awards


The Juried Student Art Exhibition  
Each year, students in the Art Department submit work for the annual show open to all art majors.

David and Shari Hopper Award
The Hoppers have been actively involved in the North State art community since founding Orient and Flume Art Glass in 1973. In 1982 David pursued his own career in blown glass sculpture, exhibiting and teaching worldwide over the next 10 years. Today both David and Shari are recognized nationally and internationally for their personal artistic endeavors. They have remained closely connected to the faculty and students in the art department at CSU, Chico, and are establishing this award to recognize and support Master of Fine Arts students with demonstrated artistic potential. The amount of the award, and number of awards, may vary each year at donor's discretion. Recipients must be enrolled in the CSU, Chico Masters of Fine Arts program, or have equivalent graduate-level standing as an art student via the Department of Art and Art History's direct international exchange agreements.

Sarah Canfield Anderson Award was created by Darius and Sarah Anderson to recognize outstanding work by a sculpture student.

Turner Turner Print Museum Student Exhibition
Each year, The Turner invites CSU, Chico printmaking students to submit work for its annual print-making exhibition. Top prizes for the juried exhibition are named in honor of the following art faculty who taught at Chico State:

Jerril Dean and Pat Kopp Student Print Prize
This endowment provides funding to purchase the print from the recipient of the Janet Turner Memorial Scholarship. Funding for the award is provided by printmaker Jerril Dean, who taught at Chico State, and her husband, Pat Kopp. The Kopp’s were personal friends of Janet Turner, and have been strong supporters of student printmaking and efforts to care for the priceless Turner Collection.

Paul Feldhaus Print Prize
This prize is funded annually by Pat Feldhaus, wife of the late Paul Feldhaus. Paul taught at the University for two decades and was an accomplished printmaker, whose works of art were treasured locally and exhibited nationwide.

Marion Epting Print Prize
Professor emeritus, Epting taught at the Chico State for nearly 40 years and was instrumental in founding the university’s printmaking program and in the creation of the Janet Turner Print Museum.

The Jack Windsor Ink/Clay Prize
This prize is named in honor of JackWindsor, CSU, Chico professor emeritus, who helped found the ceramic lab at Chico State.

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