Unlike the situation found at most large research universities, The J. Sanford Miller Family Arts Scholars are part of a small group of undergraduate students who have increased access to resources in the arts at the University of Virginia including personal introductions to our most distinguished arts faculty. In the spring of a student’s first year, those involved in and interested in the arts submit applications to receive the Arts Scholars designation, which is awarded in early May. Upon their return in the fall of the second year, all designated scholars attend the Miller Arts Scholars Seminar, where they meet internationally-renowned arts faculty from each of the participating departments, hear talks on issues in the forefront of arts, visit arts facilities, etc. During the spring semester, scholars enroll in our discussion group and participate in exclusive events and work on building art portfolios. This deep engagement in the arts results in intimate connections with some of the most gifted fellow artists on Grounds. Our scholars benefit from priority enrollment, increased engagement with the arts, community, Miller Arts Scholars advising, and access to research support funds during the third and fourth year of study. The J. Sanford Miller Family Arts Scholars is overseen by the departments of Studio Art, Drama, Music, and Dance.

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Michael Rasbury
Director, J. Sanford Miller Family Arts Scholars
Associate Professor, Sound Design for Theatre
Department of Drama, Room 208B
University of Virginia