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Students In the News!
Art, Design & Art History

Madison Dalton (Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies, 2020) was selected for an internship at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery!  Congratulations, Madison!

Zach Stultz (Design) was hired as a graphic designer with Muddy Feet in Harrisonburg!  Congratulations, Zach!


Mason Moy has been selected as the 2020-2021 Presser Scholar!  This scholarship is made possible by the Presser Foundation, established in 1939 by Theodore Presser to promote the best in music performance and education in American Universities. It is awarded to a rising senior music major in recognition of his or her outstanding academic achievements as well as contributions to the School of Music and JMU. Congratulations, Mason!

Theatre & Dance

Ben Steinhauer is JMU's Student Employee of the Year. He works in The School of Theatre and Dance. Congratulations Ben on this accomplishment!

Student Opportunities
CVPA Student Diversity Council - Join Today!

Become a part of the CVPA Student Diversity Council and make real change!  The first meeting this semester is Friday, February 5th from 3:30-4:30pm.  For more information contact Susan Zurbrigg at

Pop-Up Pantry and SHELF'D


Off-Campus Life (OCL) is committeed to help students thrive by supporting their basic needs, specifically when it comes to housing and food insecurity.  Visit the Pop-Up Pantry in Taylor Down Under 112 or order online for curbside pickup!  It's easy to do; just watch this video to find out how.

SHELF'D (Students Helping Every Last Fellow Duke) is a student-driven partnership with Canterbury Epicsopal Ministry that is located at 741 South Main Street.  If you are hungry, you are welcome.  No exceptions, no questions asked.

Career Liaison for the Arts Office Hours

Need some advice on how to set up your career in the arts?  Meet with Kate Bergey, our CVPA Career Liaison, during her virtual drop-in hours! No prior appointment needed. Go to our University Career Center's website to find the Zoom room information. 

You can also learn more in this video.

Study the Arts Abroad!

Make plans now to travel abroad this summer, exploring the arts and culture of Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, among others!




CVPA Student Resources
Undergraduate Research Grants

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at James Madison University offers grants to stimulate and assist teaching effectiveness, advance creative scholarly agendas, or assist in developing service activities, while also reflecting the goals of the academic unit, college, and university. Proposals in any field of creative activity may be submitted.  Students are especially encouraged to consider projects involving interdisciplinary activity. Grants are to be used to sustain activities necessary to complete the proposed activities, including travel expenses and other related costs (see budget section for restrictions). Each grant award will not exceed $2,000, with most awards anticipated being in the $1,000 to $2,000 range.

Grants will be reviewed three times a year by the CVPA Awards and Development Committee, generally in September, January, and April.

UPDATE: We are tentatively planning for only one cycle of student grants for academic year 2020/2021, contingent upon funding as of the Spring 2021 Census Date.  Please note that out-of-state travel will not be funded and that awarded funds must be spent before June 2021.  The committee will only review proposals that abide by those restrictions.

Student Grant Submission Deadline: Midnight, December 11th, 2020
Email completed grant proposal to Interim Associate Dean Wren Stevens (

Student Grant Information AY2021

Student Grant Evaluation Rubric:

  • Advances professional growth (teaching, scholarship, or service)
  • Reflects the goals of the school, CVPA, and JMU
  • Has an interdisciplinary aspect (preferred)
  • Goals and objectives are feasible
  • Budget is understandable and appropriate
  • Schedule is appropriate
  • Description of desired product (journal article, conference presentation, exhibition, etc.)
  • Proposed method of project assessment
  • Faculty Mentor (Y/N)
  • Full-time Undergraduate or Graduate CVPA student (Y/N)
Wayland Hall Living-Learning Arts Community

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