The Creative, Performing and Visual Art Awards
*Stay tuned for spring 2021 deadline*
Click here for past award winners and press releases
Apply for the Creative Artist Award
Submit an original dance, composed music, or play–deadline spring 2021 tba
Questions? Email Amy Sawyers-Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Arts NC State Creative Artist Award recognizes original work in music, dance and theatre created by NC State students. Each winning creative artist(s) receives $500, and the selected work(s) will be performed and/or workshopped in the following academic year by the appropriate Arts NC State performing arts program.
Creative Artist Award FAQ
Who is eligible to apply for the Creative Artist Award?
The award is open to any currently enrolled, full-time NC State student. A group submission will be accepted only if all students in the group are currently enrolled, full-time NC State students. Entrants are not required to enroll/participate in the arts programs at NC State.
How are Creative Artist Award winners selected?
A committee of Arts NC State music, dance and theatre faculty annually reviews submissions of original work in the fields of music, dance and theatre, and chooses the artists who best exemplify the award(s) for Creative Artist. Read about past award winners.
How many Creative Artist Awards are given each year?
The Creative Artist Award is intended to honor one student each in music, dance and theatre, but the judges retain the right to award multiple winners in a single area or to make no award at all.
What do winners of the Creative Artist Award receive?
Each winning creative artist receives $500 along with recognition in the following year’s Arts NC State magazine. The selected work(s) will be performed in the following academic year by the appropriate Arts NC State performing arts program.
A corresponding $1,000 grant is given to the appropriate program or department to assist in the production of the selected work by the Music Department, Dance Program or University Theatre.
What happens if a group submission wins?
If one or more artists submit an original work as group, the $500 will be split between members of the group.
How will winners be notified?
Winners will be notified by email and posted on this web page.
Additional entry rules for music, dance and theatre
Students wishing to apply in the field of music must submit an original written score for one of the following:
- Jazz ensemble
- Chamber Ensemble
- Pipes & Drums
- Solo piano
- Solo/Duo instrument or voice (with or without accompaniment)
- Choir (any voicing with or without accompaniment)
- Electronic Music
Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Music Department before submission. Any other combinations of instruments than those listed above must be cleared in advance by contacting the Head of the Music Department, Dr. Daniel Monek <email@example.com> No recordings are required, though MIDI realizations may be included if desired.
Upon notification of winning, award recipient must produce individual parts of the winning work by advance date given or prize will be forfeited.
Students wishing to apply for the Creative Artist Award in the field of dance must submit the following two items:
- A DVD or YouTube link of an original work in progress or completed work that originated in a Dance course, company or independently. The piece should show original movement vocabulary, specific thematic content, and be well developed or have the potential to be well developed.
- A two-page narrative/project proposal outlining concept and plans for development and staging of the proposed choreographic work.
The choreographer chosen will have the opportunity to produce their piece in a Dance Program concert.
Students wishing to apply should submit an original play or theatrical work in a one-act format. Any genre, theme or content is acceptable. The submission may not be previously produced or performed.
Applicants must present (upload) THREE COPIES of the typewritten manuscript via Microsoft Word to be read by a committee of theatre professionals. Please submit manuscript on 8.5″ x 11″ paper, 1.5 to double spacing, 11 point Times New Roman font. Please do not put your name on the content pages of the play, only write your name on the cover. University Theatre will work with the winner to determine presentation timing and mode.
Acceptance of the award gives University Theatre first reading/production rights and winner must be willing to work with the director and University Theatre staff in developing the work.
Image of Leslie Barber from her 2016 Creative Artist Award Winning Dance Piece
The Performing Artist Award
The Arts NC State Performing Artist Award honors outstanding Arts NC State student performers in music, dance and theatre.
Arts NC State faculty members select the recipients of the Performing Artist Award—students do not need to apply (Music Department will hold auditions). The winning performing artist(s) will receive $500 and acknowledgement in the following year’s Arts NC State playbills.
FAQ about the Performing Artist Award
Who is eligible for a Performing Artist Award?
The students who will be considered for this award are any current full-time NC State student enrolled in an Arts NC State Music Department, Dance Program or University Theatre course and/or involved in a Music Department, Dance Program or University Theatre production or performance.
How are Performing Artist Award winners selected?
Arts NC State faculty in each performing arts area (music, dance and theatre) will choose the artist who best exemplifies a high caliber of performance and artistic dedication.
*Music Department recipients will audition. Stay tuned for sign up information.
How many Performing Artist Awards are given each year?
It is intended that the Performing Artist Award honor one student each in music, dance and theatre, but the judges retain the right to award multiple winners in a single area or to make no award at all.
How will winners be notified?
Winners will be notified via email and announced on arts.ncsu.edu