27th Annual John Fergus Family Scholarship and Exhibition Application

John Fergus Family Scholarship and Exhibition

The John Fergus Family Scholarship is a juried art competition open to studio-based visual art and design students at The Ohio State University. Students submit their work for review by a jury of faculty from the departments of Art; Arts Administration, Education and Policy; Design; and History of Art. Scholarship winners receive a $1,000 scholarship applied to their student account and exhibit at the annual Fergus Scholarship Award Exhibition, a group exhibition at Ohio State's Urban Arts Space featuring work selected from the scholarship recipients' application.

Important Dates

September 21, 2018: Application Opens

November 27, 2018: Application Due

December 4, 2018: Supplemental materials due via assigned BuckeyeBox link

Mid-December: Scholarship notification via Ohio State email

January – February: Fergus Scholarship Exhibition at Urban Arts Space

Application Guidelines

The John Fergus Family Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate (12 credit hours) and graduate students (8 credit hours) at The Ohio State University enrolled in a degree-granting program in the Departments of Art; Arts Administration, Education and Policy; History of Art; or Design. Eligible students must not have outstanding fee balances on their student account for Autumn Semester of the current academic year. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit works that will not be, or have not been, exhibited in Urban Arts Space and Hopkins Hall Gallery. Selected work must be available for the exhibition. Failure to provide work selected for the exhibition could result in disqualification and rescinding of the award.

To submit artwork for jury review, Applicants should complete an initial application via the below link. Within three business days of application, the applicant will receive a BuckeyeBox link via their Ohio State email address to upload images of their artwork for review. Applications are not complete until images have been received. 

Uploaded materials should contain:

  • No more than 6 images of works
    (Allowed file types: gif, jpg, png, eps, tif, pdf, avi, mov, mp3, wav)
  • A PDF or word doc detailing credit information for each work
    (title, materials, year, size or original duration)

Submission Requirements:

  • Please specify in the credit if a video is documentation or if an image is a detail
  • Video files must be no more than 2 minutes in length

Students must carefully read and follow all guidelines and instructions. Submissions that do not adhere to these guidelines, or are submitted after the deadline, may not be eligible for an award.

All applications are due by November 27, 2018 at 5:00pm 
Images must be uploaded by December 4, 2018. 



Please contact Merijn van der Heijden at vanderheijden.1@osu.edu or (614) 292-8861 or Emily Oilar at oilar.1@osu.edu or (614) 292-9905.

The John Fergus Family Scholarship was established with gifts from John C. and Elizabeth O. Fergus, and Robert H. Fergus, in honor of their mother, Edith Fergus-Gilmore.