Awarded by the Spencer Museum of Art (SMA), The Jack and Lavon Brosseau Creativity Awards recognize outstanding creativity and originality by University of Kansas (KU) undergraduates. These awards celebrate students who engage in creative scholarly work in any discipline. Collaborative work is especially encouraged, in line with the Museum’s commitment to bringing together diverse peoples and ideas around a central topic or object.
The awards align with the SMA’s mission to strengthen, support, and contribute to the academic research and teaching at KU, as well as to foster interdisciplinary exploration at the intersection of art, ideas, and experience. The Spencer’s contemporary vision is to present its collection as a living archive that inspires creative work, object-centered research and teaching, and transformative public dialogue.
Lavon Brosseau, from Concordia, Kansas, believes in education and the profound importance of teaching. The generosity of others made a college education a reality for her, and she wants to return the favor by establishing this award. In her words, “There is a deep and almost sacred beauty in literature and in art. Each may deal with the abstract and each may involve interpretation, but each has its own reality that permits the mind to explore and to soar.”
Two Brosseau Creativity Awards will be given, one each in the categories of writing and diverse media. The categories have deliberately been defined in very broad terms, in order to encourage a wide range of submissions from the full spectrum of academic pursuits. The best creative work in any field evidences risk-taking and reflection, provides new insights, employs critical thinking, and generates new ways of understanding.
Submissions to both categories are due by Friday, March 11, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Please refer to the Awards Description link at the bottom of this page for additional information outlining a full listing of the application materials and electronic submission guidelines for each of the award categories. Application materials for both categories should be sent to email@example.com with either “writing submission” or “diverse media submission” in the subject line. The awardees for each category will receive a cash prize of approximately $500.
If you have any questions regarding the Brosseau Creativity Awards, please contact Celka Straughn, Andrew W. Mellon Director of Academic Programs at the SMA (firstname.lastname@example.org, 785.864.0137).