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2024 Dianne Komminsk Scholarship

The Dianne Komminsk Scholarship originated with a generous donation from Ohio Art Patron and philanthropist Dianne Komminsk. Mid-South Sculpture Alliance is honored to continue her legacy of giving and promoting the arts by continuing to provide this scholarship to students across the US. The scholarship is open to all students currently enrolled in any higher education art program (BA, BFA, and MFA candidates are all welcome to apply). Students who apply need to provide a sponsor (someone who is a current member of MSA). Applicants may nominate themselves if their own membership is current. The goal of the MSA scholarship is to provide monetary support, networking, and exhibition opportunities to students in order to promote a supportive environment for sculptors as they advance through their academic studies. 

Scholarship recipients will receive: 
- $300 
- Mentorship sessions with an MSA Arts professional 
- Exhibition of work at the MSA Conference 2024 in Birmingham, AL at the UAB Art Lab
- Presentation of work at the MSA Conference 2024

6 scholarships will be awarded.

Applications are due on 5-15-24 at 11:59 PM CST and will be juried by Richard Zimmerman and Ruth Stanford

Application and Exhibit Timeline

Call opens:                                         4-15-24

Deadline for submission:              5-15-24

Artists to be notified:                     6-15-24 

Information regarding the exhibition at MSA Conference 2024 will be sent to recipients after notification of award.                                              

Artist Eligibility

  • This opportunity is open to nominated student artists actively enrolled in BA, BFA and MFA programs.

  • Applicants must be nominated by a current MSA member or may self-nominate if a member themselves.

  • Each applicant may enter 5-10 artworks; all entries must have been conceived and created by the artist submitting the artwork.

  • Application for membership can be made when submitting for this exhibition.

  • Application is free to applicants.

Richard Zimmerman

Richard Zimmerman is an interdisciplinary artist whose work spans various media, including sculpture, photography, sound, video, and drawing. His work focuses on exploring the intersection of subjectivity and the built environment. He holds an MFA in Studio Art from Cornell University and BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. He received the John Hartell Graduate Award, a Cornell Council for the Arts Grant, and a nomination for The Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture. His work has been exhibited at various venues, including Miami Art Basel, Artlot, Shore Institute for Contemporary Art, Signal Gallery, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, Enter Enter, and Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle. He has been an artist in residence at Real Time and Space in Oakland, California, Zero Foot Hills in Durham, Connecticut, and the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Currently, he lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Ruth Stanford

Ruth Stanford received an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. She also holds BS and MS degrees in zoology and worked as an endangered species ecologist prior to beginning a career in art. Before joining the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design faculty in 2005, Stanford served as an adjunct professor at Chatham College and Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, and the University of St. Francis in Illinois.

Stanford’s art practice revolves around installation and site-specific sculpture. Much of her work explores history and notions of presence/absence, permanence/impermanence, fiction/reality, and conscious/subconscious. She has exhibited in traditional and nontraditional venues, including The Mattress Factory and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; The Creative Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin; Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights; Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh; Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta; Kyoto International Community House in Kyoto, Japan; and the National Art Gallery of Zambia in Livingstone, Zambia. Ongoing academic interests include the history, politics, and aesthetics of memorialization, particularly in Africa.


Selected artists will exhibit at the MSA Conference 2024 in Birmingham, AL at the UAB Art Lab. 

Artwork Themes

This scholarship application requires no theme nor specific media or subject matter. Innovative, new, excellent examples of formal, process-driven, transformative and strong conceptual or technical works in sculpture are desired.


An exhibition catalogue will be generated for MSA Conference 2024. All works exhibited in the Scholarship Show will be included.  Artwork images, artist statements and biographies submitted for the jurying process will be used for the catalogue production. 

Limitations & Restrictions

  1. All work must be original and completed within the last 5 years.

  2. Wall mounted artworks must be ready to hang upon delivery and include anchoring hardware appropriate for masonry walls.

  3. All shipping or hand delivery and the return of work for the exhibition is the responsibility of the artist.

  4. MSA reserves the right to reject works that are misrepresented in the application process or are not properly outfitted to display in the gallery.

Artist Responsibilities

MSA and the UAB Art Lab will supply power, tools, pedestals, basic installation materials and assistance for installation. The artist will provide any specialty hardware that is needed. Selected artists are encouraged to send a detailed installation instruction of artwork. If needed, Artists may come during installation to set up their own artwork.


Both selected and rejected artists will be notified of their selection by email.


For further information regarding MSA and this exhibition, please visit, or contact Chelsea Gardiner, Administrative Assistant, at or 803.956.9876

Application Requirements

  1. Completed entry form 

  2. Artist statement - about artwork conception. Submissions should be no more than 400 words in length. Save in .doc format as artist name and statement (DOE_STATEMENT.doc).

  3. Artist biography statement - 100 to 150 words in length. Save in .doc format as artist name and bio (DOE_BIO.doc).

  4. Resume/CV Save in .doc or .pdf format as artist name and resume or CV (DOE_CV.pdf DOE_RESUME.doc)

  5. Images - please submit 5-10 artworks. Detail images are encouraged with a maximum of up to 25 image files total. Works in progress will be considered only if images clearly depicting where the sculpture is to this point and a detailed technical drawing are included. For work better suited for representation by video (installation, kinetic sculpture, etc), post a video and include a link in the application form.

    Image upload directions - each image must be:

    • Saved in jpeg format

    • Set color to RGB

    • Image size should not exceed horizontal pixel dimension of 1600 pixels or vertical pixel dimension of 1200 pixels

    • each file must be less than 1MB

    • Saved as the artist's last name and image title.
      Example: DOE_UNTITLED.jpg

  6. Image list - for each image, include:

    • Title

    • Date completed

    • Media

    • Dimensions (please be as accurate as possible)

    • Weight of artwork

    • Description of how the artwork is installed/hung etc.

    • Optional description about the artwork

    • Saved in .doc format

    • Saved as the artist’s last name and “image list”
      Example: DOE_IMAGE_LIST.doc

Submitting your application indicates that you have read and understood all guidelines and criteria contained within this prospectus. To the best of your knowledge, you are eligible to be considered for The Dianne Komminsk Scholarship. Your application contains your work and the information in your statements is complete and true. You understand that if accepted, it will be your responsibility to ship/deliver your exhibition-ready artwork to the correct location and on time, concurrent with any schedules given to you upon acceptance. 

No person will be excluded from participation in or otherwise subjected to discrimination in regards to services, programs and employment, provided by MSA based on color, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age or religion

Call: +(803) 956-9876


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