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The Fund for Visual Learning at Bard College provides material support to students in need so that they might achieve studio art work of quality and ambition. 

The FVL also provides campus and classroom enrichment initiatives: bringing visiting artists to campus, improving access to new technology, and supporting special events such as field trips.

Since 2014, the FVL has provided grants for an ambitious range of diverse student art projects.

 
 
 

The Fund for Visual Learning began in 2014 to improve access to the Studio Arts program for students experiencing financial challenges, and to enrich classroom and campus experiences for all.

In Studio Arts, we are paying attention to the stresses and sacrifices that our students and their families are making to pursue Studio Arts at Bard, and the Fund for Visual Learning offers support.

In welcoming and supporting all students to Studio Arts with the help of the Fund, the vitality of our Studio Arts program has increased and we hope to continue to see this grow.

To date, the FVL has helped fund:

  • 64 Senior Project Exhibitions

  • 13 Junior Student Projects

  • 302 Non-major Intro Grants

 
 

 

We would like to extend our deepest thanks to our donors:

George Condo, The Aidekman Family Fund, Catherine and Les Levine, Dave Maron, Charles Buckel, The Doak Family, The Weatherford Fund, The Freilich famiy, The Warren family, The Calloway family, Phyllis Barber, Eric Trudel, Maya Gottfried, Di Baldwin, Judy Pfaff, Jeffrey Gibson, Laura Battle, Julianne Swartz, Kenji Fujita, Jennifer Frank, and our many friends & supporters.

 
 
 

 

Student Projects

 
 
 
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FEATURED STUDENT PROJECTS

 
 
 

MICHELLE GUTIERREZ

Grantee 2019


MARTY KATZOFF

Grantee 2019

IZZY VAN DEN HEUVEL

Grantee 
2017

My senior project at Bard was a massive mural on a wall 28 feet wide and 17 feet tall. The largest canvas I had ever worked on didn't even come close to that size, and that was because neither me nor my family had any money to contribute to my education and much less, art supplies. I had always grown up making art with what I could find, and if it weren't for the Fund for Visual Learning at Bard, i'm not sure my final project would have turned out as striking as it did.

As an oil painter, I felt as though barriers were lifted allowing me to embrace my own materials instead of seeing them as an obstacle.  The gift of materials is an invaluable gesture for young artists, I have been fortunate to have benefited from the FVL during my education at Bard and I believe that it is a tool which strengthens the sense of inclusiveness and community within the studio arts department..

I have always been hesitant to pursue large constructions. With limitations on materials, fear of taking risks and a tad of obsessiveness over detail, I have stuck to small scale projects. Receiving the FVL grant supplied me with the materials to construct this dome but also the confidence that the construction was not a naive dream but an actual possibility—and then a reality.

 
 

KAITLYN KESTER

Grantee
2017

The FVL supplied me with the means to create without letting cost-benefit anxiety corrode my process. Art-making is expensive and FVL helps students not be excluded from the creative endeavors that are accessible to other students.

 
 

CAMPUS
ENRICHMENT

 
 

We support a wide range of visiting artists and enrich the classroom experience by funding new resources in our learning environments. 

 

RECENT VISITING ARTISTS

 
 

THE FVL GRANTS

 
 

APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR THE SPRING 2018 SEMESTER

 
 

NON MAJOR INTRO GRANT

  • Up to $150
  • For non-majors and unmoderated students on financial aid.
  • Must be enrolled in a 100 or 200 level studio course.
  • To apply, contact your professor prior to the beginning of the semester. 

MODERATED JUNIOR PROJECT GRANT

  • Up to $250
  • For moderated students enrolled in any studio art course on financial aid.
  • Funding for a both independent projects or class projects.
  • Apply through the application portal. 

SENIOR PROJECT GRANT

  • Up to $350
  • For seniors working on Senior Projects on financial aid.
  • Apply through the application portal 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
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