Art Exhibition Class

Exhibition Planning &
Gallery Management




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.



  • A completed application form must be submitted to the Harry Wood Gallery director by Monday, March 21st at 5:00pm. Any applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Applications must be submitted online. Note, you may need to sign in with your ASU gmail username and password to access the form:
  • JPGs or drawings of the work entered may be emailed if you feel the samples will aid installation. Otherwise specific installation requirements should be included in the application. Slides or printed photographs are not required.



  • Remember to fill out your loan forms:
  • Deliver your piece, complete and with all necessary cords, hanging apparatus, etc., to Step Gallery at Grant Street Studios on Sunday, March  27, at NOON along with a completed loan agreement (see above). Make sure to include hanging detalied hanging instructions:
  • Plan to be available to stay and ASSIST in the install of your work unless you are happy with the gallery class installing the work. The gallery class will decide the layout, and install will commence once the layout is complete. The installation will be completed on Sunday evening. You will not be allowed to work on your installation after that.
  • The space limitations of the Step Gallery dictate 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. 


​Drop off and Pick Up Times

  • The exhibition will open the Thursday, March 31 and closes Saturday, April 9, at 5 p.m. Work should be picked up at 5 p.m and not before. 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.


​Opening Reception

  • There will be an opening reception on Friday, April 1, 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 on Saturday April 9 between 4 and 5.


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