Deadline Looms For Visual Artist Fellowships

Visual artists who dream of having the resources to push their craft to the next level have until August 19th at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time* to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation. The grants are considered to be among the largest no-strings-attached awards available to visual artists in the United States.

Established in 2003, the MacColl Johnson fellowships rotate among composers, writers and visual artists on a three-year cycle. Over the years, the Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in fellowships.

Although the fellowships are unrestricted, recipients are expected to devote concentrated time to their art and to engage in activities that further their artistic growth. Examples include creating new work, training in technologies or techniques, purchasing equipment, travel, research and developing artistic endeavors.
The recipients will be selected by a panel of out-of-state jurors who are recognized practicing artists and arts professionals.

The Foundation will award grants to as many as three emerging or mid-career visual artists through its Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund. The awards are intended to free them to concentrate time on the creative process, focus on personal or professional development, expand their body of work and explore new directions.

Residency requirement: Applicants must be Rhode Island residents 12 months prior to the application deadline, at the time of submitting the application, and during the period of the Fellowship.

(Blogging amateurs often think they can take an ordinary photograph, pile on a bunch of garish filters, and call it art. We need trained visual artists desperately.)

*The application will close electronically at this time and no applications will be accepted after this deadline. No one will be available to answer questions after 5pm on the day of the deadline.

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