The Meyer Fellowship
Jan Meyer ’87 Photography Traveling Fellowship
In 1988, a generous gift from Janis Meyer, an alumnus of MICA who received an M.F.A. in photography, made it possible to endow a travel fellowship for senior photography students. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this generous fellowship. Between $4,000 – 5,000. will be awarded to a deserving senior photography student to travel in the U.S. or abroad for a photographic project.
The recipient of this fellowship will agree to have an exhibition of their photographic work or other appropriate media at MICA, which represents their experience. The show usually takes place in March of the following year. All Photography Majors have the opportunity to apply for this fellowship during their senior year and are encouraged to do so.
Click here for Google Drive folder in which to submit your application: Meyer Fellowship
Guidelines for submission can be accessed in the above folder or below on this page. Be sure to open the “READ FIRST” document for guidelines!
After uploading your application complete the following form to complete and confirm your application: Meyer Fellowship Application Completion Form
In the final year before graduation, senior photography majors in good standing are eligible to apply. The submission must include a clear, well-considered written project proposal, an estimate of how the funds would be used, a resume, and a portfolio of photographic work by the announced deadline each school year. The photography chairperson will coordinate this fellowship. Seniors who finish their course work at mid-year are eligible to apply during the spring semester before their formal graduation even if they are not registered for classes. A senior can apply for this fellowship only once.
A committee of the full-time photography faculty members, who will choose the recipient, will review the submissions. Evaluation will be based on the stated proposal and the quality of the work submitted as well as the student’s performance within the program. If the committee decides that there are no proposals that qualify, the fellowship can be deferred for that year.
To submit your materials, please prepare your written documents as a single PDF file and provide a portfolio of (up to) 20 digital images. Please insure that your images are JPG files, sRGB color space, with the long dimension sized to 1200 px at 72 dpi. Make sure that your name is in the filename of each digital file.
The student chosen will be announced at the opening reception of the annual Meyer exhibition in MAIN Gallery. The fellowship is usually undertaken during the following summer. The award will be formally announced at graduation ceremonies and the student must be present to receive it. A note of the award will be made on the student’s transcript. The recipient’s proposal and exhibition will be documented and archived for the department.
Applicants for this school year must submit their proposal and portfolio to the site no later than Midnight on March 5, 2018.
Checklist: A complete submission should contain: Proposal, Itemized Budget, Resume, and Digital Portfolio of images. No paper materials will be accepted.
Previous Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipients
Congratulations to the 2011 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship recipient Elle Perez!
Descendants of a Warrior King: The Nomads of Kham, the Khampas are descendants of Gesar, an enlightened warrior king, who lived in the eleventh century and fought to protect the teachings of Buddha. He was a fearless warrior, an exquisite horseman, a devout Buddhist, and in many ways his life and spirit capture what it is to be Tibetan to this day. His story is one of the most popular of all Tibetan folktales. I have ridden the same rolling plains that Gesar did centuries ago, I slept beneath the same canopy of stars, and I have come to love the people who call him their king.”
Vacation Industry, Bulgaria is a photo documentary project examining the issues of contemporary mass tourism in Ivanov’s native Bulgaria.
2008 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient- Danielle Yurchinkonis Regain/ Regrowth
Regain/Regrowth began as a project to aid in the rediscovery of my Eastern European heritage centered primarily around my Grandmother, ultimately it became a vehicle that examined the the undertones of the residue of occupation/violence which I discovered while traveling in Latvia.
2007 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient- Daniel Shea ReMoving Mountains
Appalachian culture is historically defined through coal practices and popularly defined by an unfair misconception about its people. In reality, I found communities sustaining culturally rich legacies, and I was fortunate enough to observe from the periphery, as a witness. Over the course of three months, I became more involved with the people I was around, and was quickly shown nothing short of good old Southern hospitality. A lot of these photographs represent time spent in these quiet and dauntless communities. In terms of mountaintop removal, I found people both embracing and/or vehemently opposing such practices. Of course, there were many that did not fit this neat polarization, but the ideological and economical battle was/is being waged ferociously in the mountains.
Turkish Photographs is a collection of information surrounding ideas and myths on place and nationality. This series of photographs survey space through multiple, overlapping subjects such as: historic landmarks, architecture, household objects, and nature. These subjects are used to interpret one’s surroundings, but information gets lost in translation, leaving these images as reflections of an individual experience.
2005 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient- Rose Cromwell Jovellar y Infanta: Portraits from Central Havana
“We all struggle with with our own unknowns. I was interested in capturing the complacency we have in these restless moments, caused by the fact that they can be arousing, and sometimes-even life affirming”
2004 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient- Michelle Morin
2003 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient- Elena Volkov
2002 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient-Gabriela Bulasova
2001 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient-Sarah Baker
2000 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient-Rai Alexander
1999 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient-Juan Carlos
1998 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient-John Lehr
1997 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient-Sio Weng Ko
1996 Meyer Photography Traveling Fellowship Recipient-Raymond Felix