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Alice C. Cole '42 Awards

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"What I hope to provide is a "breathing space" early in an individual's career that will stimulate creativity and allow time to focus on career objectives, freeing the individual from concentration on purely monetary achievements."

-Alice C. Cole '42

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The Alice C. Cole '42 Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding early-career painter or sculptor, providing funds to support one year of unimpeded time and space to experiment, develop a body of work, and focus on future artistic goals. Cole Fellowships are based on nominations from prominent members of the national arts community. The fellowship is made possible by the generous bequest of Wellesley Alumna Alice C. Cole '42. Aware of the burdens that face recent graduates of art school, Ms. Cole makes it possible for an artist to have 'a limited time free of economic necessity'-- an immensely valuable gift.


The Alice C. Cole '42 Studio Project/Alumnae Grant provides project-based support to recent Wellesley College graduates for the development, production, and exhibition of new work in painting and sculpture. The fund enables promising recent graduates to set aside time for artistic development as well as to purchase materials, rent studio space, or access facilities for the creation of new projects.  The award is open to Wellesley College alumnae who are practicing artists within 5 years of earning a BA degree from Wellesley, or Wellesley graduates within 5 years of completing a graduate degree in fine art or another field. Alums apply for the Grant with studio-based project proposals.


Applications open now for the 2024-25 Studio Project Grant cycle!

Application deadline March 25, 2024.


In 2020-21, the Wellesley College Studio Art Program awarded a special Cole Grant to 3 practicing artists in support of their work.


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"My interest is to insure that creative art is nurtured." -Alice C. Cole '42

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