• APPLICATION DEADLINE: late February or early March
  • ELIGIBILITY: Art and Art History Majors of sophomore, junior or senior standing
  • PURPOSE: To support enriching encounters with international visual art.

The Offield Endowment Travel Fellowship provides a stipend (ca. $3500) to two to four students in support of a trip to an international location to experience visual art during a semester break.

The Offield Travel Fellowship can be used to extend or provide additional travel opportunities for students engaging in summer or spring semester travel abroad programs. The grant must support substantial enrichment that is not part of the travel abroad program’s curricula.

Libby Regan '25 in Paris in August 2023
Libby Regan '25 in Paris in August 2023

Application Process

  1. Submit a 500-word essay to art@pugetsound.edu discussing the following:
    1. Summarize the scope of the art you propose to visit in person, e.g., a particular artist, specific show, museum collection, etc.
    2. Explain the reasons why viewing this art in another country will facilitate your development as a visual artist or art historian. You may wish to limit your explanation to the art itself or also address the importance of experiencing it in a particular cultural context.
  2. In addition to the essay, please list your travels outside the U.S. In a brief paragraph explain what kind of visual art have you encountered during your trips and how these experiences of seeing art have shaped your academic interests.

Review Process

The applications will be reviewed by faculty in the Department of Art and Art History. Faculty will be looking for the thoughtful consideration of how exposure to international art will inform students’ understandings of their studio practices, art historical studies, and/or independent research. Awards will be competitive; two students will be granted fellowships.

Follow Up

As a condition of participating in the Offield Endowment Travel Fellowship, participants will be asked to write a reflection on their experiences and share a brief presentation with fellow students.

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Offield Travel Fellowship Recipients

Person standing in an art display
Mali Mathews at the immersive exhibition titled Planets at teamLab in Tokyo, 2023
In 2022-2023 we awarded four fellowships:
  • Mali Mathews '23 (Studio Art major and Japanese minor) to travel in Japan to explore the Sumida Hokusai Museum, Suntory Museum of Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo; and the Okinawa Art Museum.
  • Ainsley Nelson ’23 (Studio Art major) to travel to Germany and the Netherlands to study baroque paintings (Amsterdam, Berlin, The Hague)
  • Sara Orozco '24 (English and Art History double major) to study the Mexican muralists, the work of Frida Kahlo and her Casa Azul, and the collections of Museo De Artes Moderno, Museo Tamayo, The Palace of Arts, the Museo Nacional de Antropologia.
  • Libby Regan '25 (Art History and Studio Art double major) to focus on medieval through 19th century art in Paris (e.g., Louvre, Cluny Museum, Sainte-Chapelle, Musée d'Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie, Centre Pompidou).


In 2021-2022 we awarded four fellowships:
  • Cas Almond ’23 (Studio Art and Chemistry double major, Honors Program) to travel to Tokyo and Kyoto in Japan to see architecture, pottery, paintings, sculpture, manga, calligraphy in December 2022 and January 2023.
  • Chloe Knopf ’24 (Studio Art major and English minor) to travel to New York City to study the print collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and to visit other museums in December 22- January 2023
  • Cayden Brisco-Tsai ’22 (Art History major) to travel to Madrid in summer 2022 to study the work of Goya, to visit the Prado Museum, and to explore the art and architecture of the city.
  • Ayli Stabinsky ’23 (Studio Art and Theatre double major, Honors Program) to travel to Florence to study Italian Renaissance and Baroque art in December 2022 and January 2023.


In 2019-2020 we awarded two fellowships:
  • Kendyl Chasco '22 (Studio Art major) to travel to Mexico City.
  • Rachael Stegmaier '21 (Art History major) to travel to Mexico City.


In the Inaugural Year, 2018-2019, we awarded two fellowships:
  • Ronda Peck '19 (Studio Art major) to travel to Berlin to visit museums, including Die Brucke and the Kathe Kollwitz Museums.
  • Kate Threat '20 (Art History and English double major) to travel to London to visit the Tate, the National Gallery, the British Museum, and more.