Supported by gifts from Eric Cohler ’81, this annual award supports one Hobart or William Smith student interested in design and/or the arts through internship and study abroad experiences. By supplementing classroom education with off-campus experiences, students gain practical insights and a heightened understanding of the demands and rewards of future careers.
The first component of the award is a two-week internship at Eric Cohler Design, Inc. in New York City the summer prior to the recipient’s senior year. Established in 1991, Eric Cohler Design, Inc. specializes in interior design and restoration. Cohler, dubbed the “Mixmaster” by magazine editors for using classical elements juxtaposed with contemporary materials for a jolt of unusual color or texture, leads the firm on projects that have included houses, apartments and commercial spaces across the United States, Europe and the Caribbean.
The second component of the award includes 10 days of study in Europe, to be completed following the two weeks at Eric Cohler Design (either during the summer of Junior year or during winter break Senior year). Cities to be considered include Florence, Venice, Rome, Paris, London, Prague and Athens.
This award will cover lodging and a stipend for the New York City internship component; lodging, round-trip airfare and a stipend will be provided for the European component. Academic credit will not be awarded to either segment.
All HWS rising seniors majoring in architectural studies, art history, or studio art are eligible to apply for the award. The successful recipient will be required to submit a journal relevant to both the NYC and European components; a body of work (i.e., a book of sketches; a scholarly essay, etc.) will be required for the European study segment. Upon his/her return from Europe, the recipient will share their experiences in a public forum with fellow art and architecture students at HWS.
Applications are due at the Salisbury Center for Career Services on Monday, April 12 by 4 p.m.
Applications will be reviewed by a committee comprised of art and architecture faculty members.