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Over 60 entries! Applications closed

Posted by on January 4, 2017 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I am pleased to announce that the Urban Art Scholarship has received over 60 applications! :) 

Applications are currently closed and the winning recipient will be notified by January 31st

Over 30 Entries!

Posted by on December 16, 2016 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (1)

I am pleased to announce that over 30 applicants have applied for the Urban Art Scholarship! 


It is very exciting to see the ambitions of artists around the globe, and how they strive to improve not only their lives but those surrounding them. I want to stress again, that this scholarship is aimed towards students who currently are improving their community through art, or who currently present detailed outlines of their positive intentions.

As an example, I made this painting below after a tragic suicide of one of my old friends. We drifted apart after years of skating and shennanigans together, when I recently heard about him taking his own life. This piece is very dear to me, yet does not impact my community directly. If this piece was auctioned off as a fundraiser for his family, then would have significant value towards communal improvement. 

At times it is quite difficult to endure personal hardships, and we must keep our heads high and remain positive. However, we must also always know that someone out there hasn't been given the same opportunities as we fortunately have. This scholarship is aimed to assist those willing to donate time in their lives to assist others. 

I hope this defines the lines between personal art and artwork aimed to assist the community, as it is often a line not defined. Both and any type of work is open to consideration, but powerful work impacts our communities for the better.

Thanks again for your applications,

Trevor Coopersmith

Recent Entries

Posted by on November 13, 2016 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone!

I am excited to see all the new applications! Artists have applied everywhere from Maine to Texas to Arizona, which is exciting to see personally how far the scholarship is reaching nationwide (and even one applicant overseas) and how many artists and variety of media are practiced throughout.

I just wanted to stress the format of the application. It is a rather simple essay, portfolio, contract application. Please follow all guidelines accordingly. Those without scholarship contract agreement and with unprofessional images of their work will not be considered.

Looking forward to more applications!

Gallery Exhibition Update

Posted by on October 18, 2016 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (1)

As I continue to receive and review new incoming applications, I have to say that I am more and more impressed with each submission!

I also wanted to update everyone on my gallery exhibition which was a complete success at UCSB. The gallery consisted of two rooms, one of which was dedicated to the Urban Art Scholarship. Thank you to the few applicants who allowed me to use their work in the gallery, they will all be eligable to record on their resume that they exhibited at

"The Bigger Picture"

Gallery exhibition UCSB 2016

Thank you!

Trevor Coopersmith

Exhibition Opportunity

Posted by on September 28, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (2)



Thanks again for your application for the Trevor Coopersmith Urban Art Scholarship. Applications are still under review and the winner will be announced January 31st 2017. In the mean time, I received an incredible opportunity to exhibit my work at the Glass Box Gallery at the University of California, Santa Barbara from October 10-16 of this year. The curator for the show acknowledged my scholarship foundation and is encouraging me to reach out to applicants in hopes of displaying their work in the show. I hope to display some student work soon and they will receive credit towards the exhibition and will be able to place the exhibition on their resume. Hope to keep receiving more applications in the near future!


Trevor Coopersmith

Starting to receive some entries!

Posted by on September 9, 2016 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

As of now, two entries have been received. One entry from a photography student and another from a fashion merchandising major! Remember to include a portfolio if possible, it really improves application aesthetics and chances of award granted.

Thanks and looking forward to new entries, below is a piece to hopefully get some people brainstorming! This piece I created is painted on recycled mirror, and utilizes trash acquired on the beach as sand. The trash was also used to create texture along the wave crest. The trash promotes beach conservation awareness and is painted on mirror to truly reflect our impact as humans on our environment.


Application Requirements

Posted by on September 1, 2016 at 1:35 AM Comments comments (1)

Hello Students!

Below is the information regarding the application prompt and portfolio requirements. Please follow all guidelines and review carefully!


Applications must include a 300-500 word essay discussing several topics.

a. Introduce yourself, discuss aspirations, community involvement

b. Describe your work as an artist, and how it applies to contemporary society

c. Discuss how the scholarship will benefit you and your community


Applications must Include 3-5 images of your work

a. Make sure the images are of high quality, and are JPG or PNG files

b. Include powerful and professional images which display your talent and creativity, along with societal value

c. Confirm portfolio images are described in essay

Signed Contract

a. Complete and email signed scholarship contract agreement, along with essay and portfolio to:

[subject] Trevor Coopersmith Urban Art Scholarship

Feel free to include any other images, websites, awards, or financial documents which may affect your application. Good luck! :)