I LOST AGAIN!
2006 VMFA Professional Fellowship Winners, Richmonders italicized -
Derek Cote - last seen on anaba here
Eric Sall - last seen on anaba here - i said he always GETS what i WANT and it happened again!!!
Michael Seal - last seen on anaba here
Bruce Wilhelm - last seen on anaba here - Bruce is currently showing at ADA so he should be on again soon!
These are the winners in the PROFESSIONAL category, there are also a number of winners in the GRADUATE and UNDERGRADUATE categories. At least three of the above winners are current grad students. I'm not sure why they bother to have the graduate student awards category. Most 1st years not eligible because they have not lived in the state for the required year prior to application, and most 2nd years don't apply for this category because they can get more money applying as professionals (the rules only say that you have to be a "professional" during the disbursement period, so it is okay to be a grad student at the time of application).
The problems arise when undergrads apply and win as grad students but don't get accepted to grad school, and grad students apply and win as professionals and don't end up graduating. I know previous examples of both. Don't get me started on the grad students that win as professionals, graduate, and then move out-of-state before the disbursal period even begins.
Next year they should waive the one-year previous residency requirement for grad students, and stipulate that you must be either a grad, undergrad,or professional AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION.
The juror was Paul Ha, currently Director of the Contemporary Art Museum, St Louis, Missouri.