Andries Deinum Prize for Visionaries & Provocateurs

About the Prize

The Andries Deinum Prize for Visionaries and Provocateurs will be awarded annually to recognize and celebrate the exceptional creative potential of an undergraduate or graduate student (or students in collaboration) enrolled in PSU College of the Arts. The 2020 prize amount is $10,000. 

Applications for the 2021 prize open in October 2020.

Past Winners

2020 - Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr (Art and Social Practice)
2019 - Chloe Friedlein (Art Practice)
2018 - Cheryl Leontina (Architecture)
2017 - Megan Hanley (Art Practice)
2016 - Paul Newman (Film)

Description of Prize 

Film educator and PSU professor Andries Deinum transformed Portland’s cultural and intellectual landscape through his innovative use of film in education. In the 1960s he produced innovative public television shows that ignited community conversations around urban planning, civil rights and censorship. In 1969 he founded the Center for the Moving Image at PSU. A beloved professor, his emphasis on art’s role in civic life helped the university live up to its motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City.”  

Portland State University will award the Andries Deinum Prize for Visionaries and Provocateurs to an undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in PSU’s College of the Arts who is committed to expanding public dialogue via creative artistic expression, original research or an innovative project highlighting the role and value of art in the 21st Century.  

As its name suggests, this is not a traditional academic award. In fact, proposals are encouraged that arise from passionate ideas, advance the human spirit, and inspire others. Those coming from “a fire in the belly” are welcome.

Requirements

Undergraduate and graduate students from one of the four schools in the College of Arts may apply for the prize. 

Visit the Deinum Prize FAQs page for more information.

Deadline

The application deadline for the 2021 prize is Friday, April 2 at 5pm.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

How to Apply 

Individual Application

1.  Fill out the application form.

2.  Email supporting materials to deinumprize@pdx.edu. Attachments should be in Word or PDF form. Please include:

  • Statement on academic and professional goals (maximum 750 words)
  • Description of the project (maximum 1,000 words)
  • Resume
  • Two letters of support from faculty members, including one from a thesis advisor or departmental equivalent that address the student’s past academic work, his or her aptitude as a creative scholar, the relevance of the proposed project to the student’s field of study, and the student’s ability to complete the project.

Guidelines for submitting project

Application must include a cover page with project title, student name, student major and email address. Each page of the document must include the student's last name and document page number as a header or footer.

Group Application

*For a group application, the group must choose a leader. 

1.  Each group member must fill out the application form.

2.  Email the following supporting materials to deinumprize@pdx.edu. Attachments should be in Word or PDF form. Please include:

  • Description of the project (maximum 1,000 words) (only one project description per group)
  • Statement on academic and professional goals (maximum 750 words) (each group member must submit a statement)
  • Resume (each group member must submit a resume)
  • Two letters of support from faculty members, including one from a thesis advisor or departmental equivalent that address the student’s past academic work, his or her aptitude as a creative scholar, the relevance of the proposed project to the student’s field of study, and the student’s ability to complete the project. (letters of support should be submitted for the group leader only)

Timeline

Friday, April 2 at 5pm: Applications are due.
Early May: The prize committee reviews the applications and selects the honoree.
Mid-May: The honoree is notified of the award. 
June 2021: The honoree is publicly announced and receives $5,000 to begin their project.
December 2021: The honoree presents a progress report to the prize jury and receives $4,000.
October 2022: The honoree presents the completed project at a public event during Portland State of Mind and receives the remaining $1,000. 

About the Deinum Prize

Learn more about past Deinum Prize winners, and the history of the prize.