Adam Douglas Kamil was an undergraduate UC San Diego Visual Arts Media major who passed away in December 2009.  Drs. Ivan and Elaine Kamil established the Adam Douglas Kamil Media Award in 2010 as a tribute to Adam’s creativity and to his belief in the power of the media to connect people.

“We hope that through this award, Adam’s creative spirit will inspire others to develop their talents and to grow as sympathetic and sensitive individuals,” stated Elaine Kamil. 

Undergraduate students from all majors submit their films to be evaluated by a committee of visual arts faculty and graduate students. Awards consist of a $2000 grand prize award winner and two finalists prizes for $1000 each.

In January 2014, the Kamil Family endowed the award and in recognition of this contribution, the department has named the Mandeville Annex Gallery as the Adam D. Kamil Gallery. This gallery is a site for undergraduate art shows and hosts the annual reception and exhibition for students that participate in the Adam Douglas Kamil Media Award.





Student Testimonials:

“The grant was not a grade or a class assignment, it was the opportunity to make something I really needed to make as an artist. It was made during a busy quarter, but it was certainly the project that I poured all of my energy into and I do not regret that for one second. The Kamil Grant certainly boosted my esteem after UCSD, and because of the encouragement and support received on that project, I have had my luck with applying newer work to Los Angeles art galleries.” Chelsey Grasso, 2011 Kamil Media Award Final Prize Winner, Love Letters

“After graduation, I was pretty keen on continuing my personal projects because the award had shown me that there was some interest in my work. In the end, the award helped me see that there are actual people willing to help out the arts. And by arts I mean the non-commercial, non-profitable, non-immediate type of work.” Ei Toshinari, 2012 Kamil Media Award Final Prize Winner, Artificial/Nature

“The Kamil Film Grant supported me to work on 16mm, a pricey medium for students in today's times. I had the opportunity to shoot on film and edit digitally. I am currently a first year MFA student in CalArts Film/Video program. I hope to explore alternative aesthetics and strategies within documentary filmmaking.” Gail Guttierez, 2013 Kamil Media Award Final Prize Winner, Dalaga Diaries