About the Fellowship
The Tom Lea Research Fellows Program was established in 2013 by Dee and Adair Margo to encourage high level research using primary documents related to the art, literature and life of Tom Lea, a nationally renowned painter, illustrator, muralist, and author from El Paso whose works have been exhibited across the nation, including in the White House and at the El Paso Museum of Art. A classically trained artist, Lea’s work primarily communicates the environment and history of the Paso del Norte region of Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua. Fellows are expected to undertake a publication-quality research project focused on Tom Lea, his art, his writing, his role in the art of El Paso/ Texas /the United States, the classical ideas and training that informed his work, or theoretical premises that may relate to understanding Lea’s work. El Paso is home to the Tom Lea Institute (see the Resources for Fellows page), which is a superb resource and research repository and which offers research support to Tom Lea Fellows.
The Tom Lea Fellowship will award $3,500 per fellow. The award period is June to December 2022.
The fellowship is open to current graduate and undergraduate students in any department or program in the College of Liberal Arts, to College of Education majors, and to faculty who would like to investigate a research topic project related to Tom Lea. Sample types of projects include the following:
- A scholarly work based on primary documents related to Tom Lea
- A scholarly or creative work that furthers the knowledge of Tom Lea (and his work, including his art, his writing, or other)
- A project that enlivens knowledge or understanding of the Tom Lea Trail or Lea’s work in a global context (the theme of Tom Lea Month for 2022 is “Small man in a vast and wondrous world,” relating to Lea’s travels and experiences in China)
- A project that contributes to Tom Lea Curricula used at school districts in the El Paso area
Applications are due Friday, March 25, 2022
*Proposals should build in flexibility on travel and local research needs in case of COVID-19 restrictions.