“I think art’s first goal is to remind us that we are human...”

“The Crawford Fellowship gave me the means to revitalize my artistic practice and connect with a community of artists and craftspeople.”

“I see the printshop as a place for all things: teaching, learning, experimentation, creation, expression, collaboration, communication, and inspiration.”

The Elizabeth Crawford ’21 Haystack Fellowship (graduates)

Kate Dailinger
Kate Dailinger

The Elizabeth Crawford ’21 Haystack Fellowship is open to Wellesley graduates and provides tuition and room and board from a two-week workshop of the Fellow’s choice, plus a travel grant of up to $500. (The only cost to the Fellow would be any materials fee for the workshop selected.)

“Thanks to Career Education’s generous summer internship grant, I have been able to observe and learn about the difficulties and satisfaction of managing a theatre that focuses on marginalized identities.”

Performing Arts

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Hebert Labbate

Like most art disciplines, careers in theatre span widely from performance and creative roles to technical positions to administrative functions and even educational and therapeutic professions.

Museums and Galleries

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Hebert Labbate

Museums are educational organizations that collect, preserve, and present important artifacts and/or works of art for the public to view and study. Museums may be organized by their collections (art, history, natural history) or by their intended audiences (children's museums). Possible occupational titles include: museum director, curator, collections manager, archivist, museum technician, conservator, researcher, exhibit designer, educator, editor, photographer, and librarian.

Fine Art

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Hebert Labbate

Practicing artists support themselves by teaching, selling artwork, being awarded grants and commissions, and a wide variety of other related (and non-related) professional endeavors. Growing and maintaining an active studio practice requires both training and resources— in the form of materials, equipment, space, and exhibition or performance opportunities. Many artists refine their work and begin to connect with the world of galleries, grants, and exhibitions in a graduate program (usually an MFA program). However, this is not the only path to a career as an artist.

Fashion and Lifestyle

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Hebert Labbate

Fashion is a fast-paced and exciting industry for those who love clothes, designs, and trends. This international industry includes careers ranging from modeling to fabric/clothing design, from marketing to retail, from business to manufacturing, from buying to merchandising. Possible occupational titles include: fashion designer, model, photographer, fashion editor, fashion writer, fashion stylist, fashion buyer, retail merchandisers.

Design and Illustration

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Hebert Labbate

Design and illustration careers begin with a portfolio of client-based or self-inspired work that displays your talent, style, and creative thinking. While there are full-time positions in the field of design, there are fewer full-time opportunities for illustrators. For this reason, many illustrators work as designers and illustration is a part of their job.

Arts Administration

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Hebert Labbate

A career in arts administration combines interest in the arts with business expertise and fundraising skills. Arts administrators work for symphony orchestras, art galleries, museums, ballet companies, musical groups, theatres and other organizations.

Arts Education

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Hebert Labbate

As a field, art education spans traditional K-12 art classrooms to university/college teaching and even to more community-oriented spaces, like museums, arts centers, and educational non-profits. This field even crosses over into healthcare in the form of vocational rehabilitation and art therapy programs.

“In the past year I’ve spent a lot of time thinking, talking, and journaling about my career, values, and interests. The courage to see if different doors would open for me, to reach out to people and ask for their time and wisdom, was sometimes hard to come by, but my curiosity pushed me to do things that were slightly uncomfortable, and the results were worth it.”

Mar 25, 2024

Alice C. Cole '42 Alumnae Art Grant - campus application deadline

Eligible are Wellesley College graduates who are actively practicing artists within 5 years of graduation from Wellesley, or within 5 years of graduation from an art graduate program.

Postgraduate, International Student

The Alice C. Cole ‘42 Alumnae Grant is an award that provides project-based support to Wellesley College alumnae for the development, production, and exhibition of new work in painting or sculpture. The fund enables promising Wellesley College artist alumnae 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 does not provide workspace on campus, but does present an opportunity to exhibit the work formally at Wellesley College. Recipients may receive funds up to $5,000 or less,...