How Do I Apply?

Now that you know a little about the the program, read on for details on how to apply.

While you're waiting to see if you're selected, look forward to the next step.

How to Apply

Applications will be submitted online to the Belin-Blank Center by March 22, 2019.

When you apply online, you will need to submit the following:

  • Personal information for the student applying
  • E-mail addresses from an art teacher who knows your abilities as an artist and another mentor that can speak to your character (this may not be a family member or friend). Each reference will be sent an electronic recommendation form which must be completed and submitted to the Belin-Blank Center.
  • Two essays:
    • Essay 1: Tell us about your work. What inspires you? (750 words max)
    • Essay 2: Recognizing that we will receive many high level art applicants, what makes you uniquely and exceptionally qualified to participate in this program? On a personal, intrinsic level, what do you hope to gain from this summer residency? (750 words max)
  • Two samples of your work
  • Have you participated in Scholastic Art & Writing Awards? 


November 1, 2018 - 5:00 pm CST

Information and application forms available online to students

Application deadline - Applications will continue to be accepted until all classes are filled.

Notification of acceptance status - April 1, 2019

Online acceptance and first payment due - April 9, 2019

Other Significant Dates:

SAR Arrival & Check-in - July 7, 2019

SAR Art & Writing Showcase - July 25, 2019

SAR Closing - July 26, 2019


Completed applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of faculty and staff from The University of Iowa. The selection committee will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:

  • Content of essays, and supporting materials.
  • Letters of recommendation, both content area and character
  • Participation in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Cost & Payment


There are two fees associated with SAR.

  • The first is the Application fee of $50. This is a non-refundable fee. If you are accepted into the program, the $50 will be applied to program fees.
  • The second is the SAR program fee of $4,025. This fee covers all room, board, materials, and admission to all regularly scheduled activities and is payable to the Belin-Blank Center.  It also includes the cost of 2 semester hours of credit from The University of Iowa.

Together, these fees total  $4,025. Students and their families will assume responsibility for transportation to and from The University of Iowa and incidental expenses, such as souvenirs and snacks. Consideration for financial aid will be made after the students are selected.  Need is typically determined by qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Due to limited funds, financial aid is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Extended payment plans (for fees remaining after the application fee and first payment) are available by contacting the Belin-Blank Center at 319-335-6148.

International students are not eligible for financial aid for SAR. A $550 international fee will be added to the cost of the program for insurance, two additional days of room and board, pick up/drop off at Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), and the filing of documents for securing visas.


Families have three options for payment of fees:

1. Pay the entire amount on a credit card.

2. Pay in four equal monthly installments using a credit card.

3. Set up an individualized payment plan.

Financial Aid

You may apply for a Wallace Grant for financial aid if you are selected for the program. Information, including parent(s)/guardian(s) salary, enrollment in free/reduced lunch, or other federal or state assistance programs will be collected at that time.  After your information has been reviewed, a decision will be made, and you will receive an email regarding the amount of your award.

H.B. and Jocelyn Wallace of Scottsdale, Arizona have been longtime supporters of the Belin-Blank Center. Their generous donation has enabled us to make grants available to students in our summer programs. The grants are for up to one-half the cost of the program and will be applied directly to the registration fees for the summer.

H.B. WallaceJocelyn Wallace