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Dr. Blythe K.V. Brown Exploration Scholarship

Award eligibility: 
1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th year students
Award source: 
Brown Family
Award criteria: 
Travel Proposal, Budget, and Merit of Work
Award value: 
$1 750
Number of awards: 
Award selection: 
AUArts Award Committee
Application process: 
  1. Upload all supporting documentation (images, statement, etc.) to Slideroom
  2. Application Deadline: February 1 (*Applications will be accepted on the following working day if the deadline falls on a weekend.)
Submit/Submission : 
  • Five (5) images of current work, audio recordings, or video (video + audio maximum total length: 20 minutes)
  • Image list indicating number, title, size, medium and date of completion of work and brief description of work
  • Travel proposal and detailed budget (do not include your name)

This scholarship is open to students studying in all artistic disciplines and in all years at AUArts. Interested applicants are asked to submit a summer Travel Proposal describing what adventure they intend to undertake, and the value of the potential travel to their artistic practice or research and development (max. 1500 words). Successful awards will be granted based on the relevance of the travel and the realism of the budget, with reference to the merit of the applicant’s previous work. Whether travelling near or far, for the purposes of a formal residency or independent exploration, all eligible students may apply for this award.

Within three months of returning home, the successful applicant is asked to submit a short report detailing their travel. This report may be delivered in whatever form the applicant deems most appropriate, whether written, recorded, or visual (photography, drawings, video, etc.) and will be shared with the donors. It is hoped that insights, learning, and other revelations will be shared with the student’s peers. 


Blythe K.V. Brown was a physician, father and life-long adventurer. Orphaned at a young age, Blythe cultivated a spirit of independence and tenacity that put him through Medical School and won the heart of another young doctor – Marina Skulsky. Adventure mates and kindred spirits, Blythe and Marina were married in 1975, traveled the world exploring its wonders, and raised a family of four children together.

Blythe nurtured a deep love for photography, writing, drawing, and learning, continuing to travel with his family in a tireless effort to expand their imagination. He passed away before he could complete his final adventure – walking and photographing the ancient Camino pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

In memory of him and his ongoing creative spirit, his family has created the Dr. Blythe K.V. Brown Exploration Scholarship. This award is for artists who hear the calling of distant places, and feel that travel will enhance their understanding of the world. It is hoped that the scholarship will help the recipient catalyze a more developed and contextually relevant relationship with the global arts community, and nurture their adventurous spirit. In 2009, Blythe’s partner Marina completed the pilgrimage to Santiago in his honour. Read about her adventures.

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