RI Foundation Offering $25K Fellowships to Local Artists

Friday, August 05, 2016


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Feral was nominated for an Academy Award

Rhode Island Foundation is offering $25,000 fellowships to local artist who apply for the grant by August 18. The grants are considered to be  among the largest no-strings attached awards available to artist in the U.S. 

“These fellowships give local artists the resources to spend more time making art rather than making ends meet. That honors the significance that our donors placed on the importance of practicing artists present in the community,” said Daniel Kertzner, the Foundation’s senior philanthropic advisor for funding partnerships.

Past recipients of visual art fellowships include Lynne Harlow, whose work reflects her interest in merging sound and dance, and Daniel Sousa, a Rhode Island School of Design professor whose animated film “Feral” was nominated for a 2014 Academy Award.

The Process 

Applicants must be legal residents of Rhode Island for at least 12 months prior to August 18 deadline. High school students, college and graduate students who are enrolled in a degree-granting program and artists who have advanced levels of career achievement are not eligible. 

Applicants will be judged on the quality of the work samples, artistic development and the creative contribution to the visual arts, as well as the potential of the fellowship to advance the career of emerging to mid career artists. Applications will be accepted from visual artists who are creating new original work in any genre. 

Winners will be selected by a panel of four out-of-state jurors who are recognized practicing artists and arts professionals. The panel will also name as many as three finalists who will be awarded the opportunity to participate in a residency at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists' Residency. 

The  Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund

Started in 2003, the Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund makes up to three grants a year, rotating between composers, writers and visual artists on a three-year cycle. The awards are intended to allow painters, filmmakers, sculptors and other visual artists to concentrate time on the creative process, focus on personal or professional development, expand their body of work and explore new directions. 

Over the years, the Foundation has awarded 33 fellowships totaling $825,000.


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