Scott Belville Awarded

Scott Belville

Scott Belville

The UGA Office of International Education has an annual award ceremony and some associated with Cortona have been honored at the event, but this year an award was bestowed for the first time to a UGA faculty or staff member on behalf of the Cortona Program.

On Thursday March 28th, 2013 the first ever, Dedicato a Cortona Award was presented to Scott Belville for his long-lived dedication to the Cortona Program. Following are the remarks from the ceremony:

The award being presented on behalf of the Cortona Studies Abroad Program this evening is named the “Dedicato a Cortona” award… this is of course Italian and it means, as you might imagine, Dedicated to Cortona.  The idea expresses not only a dedication to UGA’s Cortona program but the inseparable aspect of the city and people of Cortona.  Our recipient this evening really does personify this expression.

Professor Scott Belville’s connection to the Cortona Program is deep and nearly as ancient as the program itself. He first participated on the program in 1972 and then again in 1974, when and where he met his future wife and artist- Judy Voss Jones. In 1975 Scott became an “Italian Godfather” for a “Cortona Family” and in time secured a position at The University of Georgia allowing him to visit and teach in Cortona on numerous occasions over these many years.

Scott is a prolific artist with a distinguished career both as a painter and as a teacher. He has exhibited his works in gallery and museum venues form Atlanta to New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and regionally across the southeast. His art works have garnered numerous grants and awards including; two NEA Individual Artists Grants and a Ford Foundation Grant among others.  Scott’s paintings are included in many important public and private collections; The Georgia Museum of Art, The Walker Art Center, The Joseph Hirshhorn Museum, The Greenville County Museum of Art, The Chase Manhattan Bank to name a few.

At the University, he has received research grants from the Willson Center, a Study in a Second Discipline Grant from the Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and a Lothar Tresp Outstanding Teaching Honors Professor Award.

In 2004 Scott established the Judy Voss Jones Cortona Art Scholarship in honor and memory of his wife, with the hope of encouraging more graduate student participation in the program. He has continued to passionately support this and other scholarships for this unique Studio Fines Arts Study Abroad Experience.

Its an honor to present the first “Dedicato a Cortona Award” to Scott Belville.


  1. Congratulations Scott!
    Curious, do you still practice TM?

  2. Yup, gret job Scott 🙂

  3. Margo Rosenbaum says:

    Congratulations Scott

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