Fellowships give artists valuable financial means and other opportunities to advance their artistic development. They are essential programs devoted to rewarding artistic excellence. We often see the larger foundations getting the most publicity. In this article I provide three fellowships that provide funding for visual artists that you may not know about. They include A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Program, The Awesome Foundation, and The McNight Fellowships For Visual Artists.
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A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship Program
A.I.R. Gallery offers a 12-month intensive program including mentorship, professional development, and a solo exhibition. This opportunity is open to all self-identified female artists who have not had a solo exhibition.
Artists who receive the A.I.R. Fellowship will be granted a solo exhibition sponsored in full by the gallery, development workshops with a professional in the field, a one-on-one studio visit with one of the review panelists, an artist-mentor at A.I.R. Gallery to work with throughout the program, and much more.
The selection panel is comprised of outside curators, critics, and established artists. The 2017-18 panelists are Amber Esseiva, Assistant curator at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University; Andrea Scott, Writer and editor at The New Yorker; and Lumi Tan, Curator at The Kitchen.
For more information visit www.airgallery.org/fellowship-program/
The Awesome Foundation
The Awesome Foundation is “a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1,000 at a time.” Created in 2009 in Boston the Foundation distributes these grants, “no strings attached”, to projects and their creators.
The Awesome Foundation has 85 chapters in 19 different countries. Each autonomous chapter supports projects through these $1,000 micro-grants. They are usually given out monthly.
Every chapter interprets “awesome” for itself. Awesome projects include initiatives in a wide range of areas including arts, technology, community development, and more.
Anyone is eligible for the Awesome Foundation grant including individuals, groups, and organizations. There is an application form on the website.
For more information visit www.awesomefoundation.org
The McNight Fellowships For Visual Artists
The McKnight Foundation’s arts program was established in 1981 and is is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the United States. They provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists. The goal of the Fellowships for Visual Artists program is “to identify talented Minnesota visual artists whose work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage beyond emerging.”
There are a total of eight $25,000 fellowships awarded each year.
The Arts program believes “the arts cannot flourish or enhance community life without the ideas, energy, and drive of individual artists, and that artists cannot make these contributions without unfettered creative time.”
The Fellowship connects fellows to six visiting critics, participating in a McKnight Discussion Series, and working with each fellow to further pursue professional development opportunities.
The 2017 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship application cycle will open in late January 2017. For more information visit mcad.edu/about-mcad/fellowships/mcknight-artist-fellowships
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