The Nathan Cummings Graduate Summer Travel Award


About the Award:

The Nathan Cummings Graduate Summer Travel Award was established by the Nathan Cummings Foundation to give talented visual artists in the ASU School of Art the experience of the Grand Tour, a tradition in the education of the whole person. For the visual artist, this experience is considered a necessity, and the role it plays in the life of a young artist is well documented in modern history.

This “application exhibition” showcases the artwork of those students who apply from various disciplines and also includes a statement of intent. Artists are meant to create proposals for summer travel to further their artistic visions and expand their worldview in relation to their particular craft and specific concentration.

After a review of the work and proposals, ASU faculty members choose who will be awarded travel grants for this summer to their proposed locations.


·       In order to be eligible, you must be a regular status MFA candidate who has successfully completed her or his 15-hour review, and have at least one more semester remaining in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art.

·       If you are an eligible candidate, you may submit one work and no more than a one-page statement.


  • A completed application form must be submitted to the Galleries director by Friday, March 26th at midnight. Any applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted online to the Galleries director at with the headline NATHAN CUMMINGS AWARD APPLICATION clearly posted in the title block. 
  • JPGs or drawings of the work for the show may be included to help the Galleries Director plan for installation, especially if there are special needs required at the time of installation. You should bring any additional hardware that will be needed for installation and plan to stay to install your own work.
  • Any work that is too large to be accommodated may be turned away. Applicants should bring a more moderately sized work with a larger at the time of installation to plan for this contingency.

Basic Format of the Submission to be exhibited with one work. (Send to the Galleries director at by March 26th at midnight)

  1. TITLE: Nathan Cummings Graduate Summer Travel Award Proposal (in Bold)

2.     ARTIST INFORMATION ABOUT THE WORK EXHIBITED: First name, last name, title of the work, year of completion, medium, size. 

3.     TITLE OF THE PROPOSAL: Written in Italics

4.     GOAL OF THE PROPOSAL: A few paragraphs outlining the proposal in full, how it could further your art practice and why it is an important project for you to undertake at this moment your artistic/academic career.

5.     PROPOSAL DESITNATION(S) AND WHAT YOU PROPOSAL TO DO WHILE YOU ARE THERE: There can be more than one destination and multiple reasons for attending.

6.     CONCLUSION: What you will have gained or hope to bring back from the experience.

7.     END: Thank you to the committee and voting community for their time and consideration, plus a signature. 

8.     Proposal should be no longer than 1 page. THEY SHOULD BE PRINTED OUT ON WHITE CARDSTOCK or heavy weight paper, Times New Roman font only, 12 point type only, 1.5 line spacing only and delivered to the gallery with the work in addition to being e-mailed prior to the deadline.  ANY OTHER FORMAT MAY BE REJECTED!


Drop Off and Installation

·       Remember to fill out your loan forms:

·       Deliver your piece, complete and with all necessary cords, hanging apparatus, etc., to HARRY WOOD GALLERY on TEMPE CAMPUS on Friday, March 29th, at 4pm along with a completed loan agreement (see above). Make sure to plan to stay for installation for as long as it takes to complete the task.

·       After you piece is installed you will not be allowed to alter, change or replace your piece.

·       The space limitations of HARRY WOOD GALLERY dictate the size of works exhibited. You should be aware that in the case of space problems, the largest pieces or installations would most likely be the first turned away. There are many people who may be eligible to show. I plan on being able to exhibit all the work, but I have to include this disclaimer, just in case. 

​Pick Up Times

·       The exhibition will open the Monday, April 1st and closes Friday, April 12th at 3 p.m. Work should be picked up at 3p.m. and not before as voting goes until the last day of the show. If you are unable to pick up the work, you can have a representative come in your place. 

·       You cannot pick up the work early. This is very important. It looks very unprofessional if there is a big empty space in the gallery where your piece used to be and it may effect voting.

​Opening Reception

·       There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, April 2nd, from 6-8 p.m. You are invited to attend and bring friends. ​

Announcement of the Winner

·       The awards announcement details are still being determined. They will probably be announced within 1 to 2 weeks of the close of the exhibition.

Helpful Tips

·       Encourage all of your professors to vote!

·       The statement should only be one page on white CARDSTOCK paper only, 12 point type only, 1.5 line spacing only, and in Times New Roman font only!

·       Make sure to review past winning proposals here:​


Additional ASU Travel Grants

ASU gives travel awards to graduate students where they reimburse them for the airfare and/or registration cost of professional conferences and workshops. Learn more: HERE (Graduate College Travel Award: and HERE (GPSA Travel Funding:


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