Melvin R. Laird Exceptional Artist Award

This award annually recognizes and rewards an exceptional graduating UWSP student in performing or visual arts by providing a $5,000 investment in his or her potential to become a successful leading artist in his or her field. Established by the Hon. Melvin R. Laird and members of the Laird Endowment Advisory Board, the award serves as a continued commitment to the Laird Art Leadership program associated with Laird Leadership Day. The Hon. Melvin R. Laird was the former U.S. Secretary of Defense under President Nixon and Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District representative.

Melvin R. Laird 2016 Exceptional Artist Award Recipient 


Timothy Zeszutek with Chancellor Patterson and Dean Sprague


Melvin R. Laird 2016 Exceptional Artist Award Recipient 


Abigail Herold with Chancellor Patterson and Dean Sprague


Melvin R. Laird 2015 Exceptional Artist Award Recipient 



Emily Reeves with Chancellor Patterson and Dean Morin


Melvin R. Laird 2014 Exceptional Artist Award Recipient

Bennett Heinz with Chancellor Patterson and Dean Morin


Melvin R. Laird 2013 Exceptional Artist Award Recipient

 

Melvin R. Laird 2012 Exceptional Artist Award Recipient

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Kelly Jelinek with Chancellor Patterson and Dean Morin



Inaugural Melvin R. Laird 2011 Exceptional Artist Award Recipient