The IVLA Offers two scholarships:
one for artists and one for students hoping to attend the conference.
Deborah Curtiss Artist Scholarship
Deborah Curtiss is a life-long visual artist, IVLA member, leader, and contributor. Deborah began to paint during her first year at Yale University School of Art to which she transferred after three years of liberal arts at Antioch College. Amazed by the intellectual challenge that accompanies sensual enthrallment with emerging colors and forms in painting, she exhibited regularly in Philadelphia and the vicinity from 1965 to 2017; and educated others in visual art through teaching, 1972–1998: drawing, painting, and/or visual literacy work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Drexel and Temple Universities, and the University of the Arts (including graduate seminars). Deborah has published two visual art books, and more than 300 articles, and reviews. She has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Visual Literacy intermittently since 1998. Curtiss is now retired and in 2017, she donated her visual literacy library to the Benedict Library of Visual Literacy at Arizona State University in Tempe.
The IVLA will award several IVLA artist scholarships in 2021 to enable artists who lack financial support to have an opportunity to attend the conference and participate in the exhibit. The IVLA will select applicants who are practicing artists in need. Individual scholarships will include IVLA membership for two years. Please note that at least one of the awards is reserved for a minority artist and at least one of the awards is reserved for an artist outside of the United States.
- Deadline to apply: March 30, 2022
- Notification of results: April 30, 2022
- 18 years of age or older
- You will need a Google account to upload documents to the application.
How to ApplyComplete the online application form to include:
* Three short essay questions (maximum 250 words per question)
- Contact & demographic information
- Complete a short statement of your statement of need (250 maximum words, include facts on how receiving the scholarship will help further your visual literacy goals)*
- Complete the three short essay questions*
- Proof of Age
New and Non- IVLA members are encouraged to apply.
- Please discuss your interest and enthusiasm for visual literacy, including your involvement in visual literacy activities and organizations.
- Why are you interested in attending the 2022 Annual IVLA Conference? Is there a speaker or theme that really excites you? Describe your interest in that field of research.
- How will a scholarship to our conference contribute to your career development?
All applicants will be notified of results via email by close of business on April 30, 2022.
If selected for an award, applicants must confirm their ability to attend the event and provide their tax ID number for our 1099 form. They must be willing to sign a release form so they can be featured in future conference promotions, including–but not limited to–live appearances on stage, press and video interviews and IVLA board members. Scholarship winners also will be expected to provide a follow-up interview with the IVLA board to discuss their experiences and share what they learned.
Please direct all inquiries to: email@example.com
Dr. Rhonda Robinson IVLA Conference Student Scholarship
As an IVLA Board member, Rhonda helped plan and organize conferences in San Francisco and Chicago and has most recently been involved with several smaller museums in Chicago, where she helped CPS teachers integrate visual literacy activities and CCSS into their existing practices. Rhonda also recorded an NIU STEAM Podcast along with illustrator Tom Lichtenheld, discussing the importance of visuals for learning. Her active membership and involvement in IVLA for over 30 years has given our members so many irreplaceable opportunities for learning, for professional development, for exciting travel to international locales, for collaborative projects, as well as her friendship.
Dr. Rhonda S Robinson, Distinguished Teaching Professor, emeritus, Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment, Northern Illinois University, is a long-time IVLA member and contributor. Rhonda worked with educational technology and assessment as well as teacher training for technology. She has spent her career working around ideas of visual learning and literacy. Originally an English teacher in middle school, Rhonda was very interested in media literacy and language arts and began to pursue media production in her master’s and doctorate degrees. Beginning with ‘old media,’ Rhonda’s techniques now span into the digital realm, encouraging students to analyze imagery from newspapers and video, tapping into kids’ (and their teachers’) natural creative abilities.
The IVLA will award several IVLA conference scholarships in 2022 to enable students who lack financial support to have an opportunity to attend the conference. The IVLA will select applicants who are enrolled at a college or university. Individual scholarships will include IVLA membership for two years. Please note that awarded amounts may vary significantly based upon the travel needs of applicants. One of the awards is reserved for a minority student.
TimelineApply/Applications – March 30, 2022
Notified of Awards – April 30, 2022
- 18 years of age or older
- No organizational support or reimbursement to attend the conference
- Has not attended the conference in the past three years
- Applicants must be full-time graduate or undergraduate students.
- You will need a google account to upload documents to the application.
How to ApplyComplete the online application form to include:* Three short essay questions
Please discuss your interest and enthusiasm for visual literacy, including your involvement in visual literacy activities and organizations.
Why are you interested in attending the 52nd Annual IVLA Conference? Is there a speaker or theme that really excites you? Describe your interest in that field of research.
How will a travel award contribute to your career development?
*Statement may be completed by a coworker, current or former supervisor, professor, or other professional contacts. Applicant must request the statement of support through the Student Scholarship letter of support online application. The statement of support is made up of a series of short answer questions and must be completed via invitation through the online application. Statements from family members will not be accepted.