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UCT Scholarship

The Urania Christy Tarbet Legacy Scholarship (the UCT Scholarship) provides the opportunity for up to five pastel artists to study with an IAPS-recognized instructor of their choice in a hands-on workshop environment at the biennial IAPS Convention. Initiated by and named after IAPS founder Urania Christy Tarbet, the scholarship program honors her wish to encourage, support and advance the artistic endeavors of pastel artists who are affiliated with IAPS member societies.

The UCT Scholarship receives its funding from the proceeds of the Paint Around event that is the official kick-off for the IAPS Convention. Five of the Convention's instructors work concurrently on five different paintings, which they all sign and then are placed for Silent Auction. The winners of the paintings are announced during the Saturday Night Banquet.

IAPS member societies receive notification and the requirements for their membership to participate. All applications are made through the Scholarship Application page on this website.


The scholarship application period for the 2021 Convention has begun. The deadline for applications is April 30, 2020. The IAPS Scholarship Committee will be in contact with all those who applied and Award recipients will be notified on or before September 1, 2020. Thank you for your applications!

Click to download the Call for Entries. Please read this before you start the application process.

To apply for the UCT Scholarship, please click to start on the Scholarship Application page.

Previous winners of the UCT Scholarship are:
Linda S. Boatwright
Christine Bodnar
Eileen Casey
Barbara Clark
Heather Collins
Hilarie Couture
Rita Elaine Elkins
Claudette Gamache
Judy Greenwald
Sue Hunter
Jan Hutchinson
Lucinda Johnson
Renee Leopardi
Lorraine McFarland
Louise Muelhaupt
Charles Peer
Sally Prince
Janice St Marie
Monique Straub
Ingrid Van Slyke
Jill Wagner
Stephen S. Zigich

UCT Scholarship Instructors have included:
Alan Flattmann
Terri Ford
Liz Haywood-Sullivan
Kim Lordier
Brenda Mattson
Carol Peebles
Maggie Price
Urania Christy Tarbet