Fellowship Awards


Application: Closed

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 8+

Eligible Disciplines: All Disciplines

Eligible Counties: All

Deadline: November 8, 2021 at 11:59pm

About the Fellowship Awards

Artist Trust Fellowship Awards are merit-based awards of $10,000 to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability residing in Washington State. These unrestricted awards are open to artists of all disciplines and are given annually to 8+ artists of in recognition of artistic excellence and dedication to their practice.

The first Fellowship Awards were selected in 1987, making it Artist Trust’s longest-running award program.

Guidelines

Read the 2022 Fellowship Awards Guidelines.

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic excellence
  • The background and experience of the artist
  • Artist’s continued dedication to their artistic practice 

Selection Process

All applications are reviewed by one multidisciplinary panel consisting of five artists from across the state with expertise in a range of artistic disciplines. Panelists review all eligible applications online through Submittable and meet at Artist Trust to discuss applications and recommend recipients. Panelists are asked to review all applicants through a lens of racial equity and consider geographic diversity and highlighting a range of disciplines and practices.

Timeline

September 7  Guidelines available.

October 5  Application opens.

October 21 & 22  Office hours.

November 8  Application closes.

November – January 2022 Panel review.

February 2022  Board votes.

February 2022   Notification of award status.

March 2022   Public announcement.

Eligibility Information

The 2022 Fellowship Awards are open to artists residing in Washington State working in all disciplines. Artist Trust COVID-19 Relief Fund recipients are eligible for this award.

APPLICANTS MUST BE

  • 18 years of age or older;
  • Washington State residents at the time of application and payment;
  • Individual artists (or artist teams): those who are the originators of works of art.

APPLICANTS MUST NOT BE:

  • Fellowship recipients from 20142020(this includes the recipients announced in February 2021);
  • Previous recipients of two or more Fellowship Awards in a lifetime; 
  • Previous recipients of the James W. Ray Distinguished Artist or Arts Innovator Awards;
  • Recipients of another Artist Trust grant in2022;
  • Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of November 8,2021 and the time of payment (March 2022); 
  • Applying on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, fiscal sponsorship, or community group;  
  • Current Artist Trust staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee member, current Fellowship panelists, or their immediate family. 

2021 Fellowship FAQ

Am I eligible for the 2022 Fellowship Awards? 
The 2022 Fellowship Awards are open to all Washington State artists working in any discipline. Artist Trust COVID-19 Relief Fund recipients are eligible for this award.

Applicants must be: 

  • 18 years of age or older; 
  • Washington State residents at the time of application and payment; 
  • Individual artists (or artist teams) who are the originators of works of art; 

Applicants may not be: 

  • Fellowship recipients from 2014-2020 (this includes the recipients announced in February 2021); 
  • Previous recipients of two or more Fellowship Awards in a lifetime; 
  • Recipients of another Artist Trust grant in 2022; 
  • Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of November 8, 2021 and at the time of payment (March 2022); 
  • Applying on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, fiscal sponsorship, or community group;
  • Current Artist Trust staff, Board of Trustees, honorary committee member, current Fellowship panelists, or their immediate family 

Is this award for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) only?
No. Artists of all backgrounds may apply to the 2022 Fellowship Awards. Throughout all of our grants, panelists are asked to use a lens of racial equity. To read more about how we do that, please click here. 

If awarded, how much money will I receive? 
Recipients will receive $10,000.  

How do I choose my disciplinary category?
A list of our disciplinary categories can be found here or in the 2022 Fellowship Awards guidelines. 

Can I apply as part of a collaboration or team?
A team of two or more artists may apply if you have a documented history of creating and presenting work as a team. Artists applying as a team must contact Artist Trust to confirm eligibility before applying. If eligible, one artist will submit the application and list team members. All team members must meet the eligibility requirements for the respective award. Applications made on behalf of a company, nonprofit, organization, community group, or a fiscally-sponsored entity will not be accepted.   

If I apply as part of a team, how much money will we receive?
The team will receive $10,000. 

When can I apply?
The 2022 Fellowship Awards application is available online starting Tuesday, October 5, 2021. The application deadline is Monday, November 8, 2021, 11:59 PM PST. 

How do I apply?
To apply, you must create a Submittable account and submit an application through Submittable. Here’s a link to the application. Applications must be submitted through submittable. Emailed or physical applications will not be reviewed.   

Do you accept late applications?
We do not accept late applications under any circumstances. 

Can I edit my application after I submit?
If you submit your application before the deadline, we are able to open your application for edits. You will be responsible for submitting your application after it’s opened for editing. 

However, after the deadline, applications cannot be edited. 

What materials do I need to include in my application?
In your application in Submittable, be sure to include: a Discipline Statement (50 words or less), a biography (150 words or less or up to 3 minutes of audio/video), an Artist Statement (350 words or less or up to 5 minutes of audio/video), Work Samples, an Artist Resume (5 pages or less), and an Impact Statement (150 words or less). If you are applying for The Vadon Foundation Fellowship for Native Artists, you will be asked to include documentation. 

Can I see examples of these materials?
Yes! Examples of the materials can be viewed in the 2022 Fellowship Reference Guide. 

What’s the most important part of the 2022 Fellowship application? 
Your work samples are the most important part of your application. Spend the most time honing your samples. If you are submitting images, audio, or video, make sure your documentation is high quality. Be sure to follow the work sample guidelines. 

The written part of your application help panelists understand your vision, process, and philosophy, and give context for your work in your work samples. Start on these parts early and have friends or colleagues read them. You can find examples of successful applications in our Reference Guide here. For tips and tricks on the written parts of your application, visit our Resources here. 

I can’t decide on my career stage. Will that affect the panelists’ decisions?
Career stage is not part of the selection criteria for this award and does not have an impact on whether or not you are chosen for an award. 

Where can I find help with my application?
We offer several support services and resources to help you with your application, including virtual Office Hours and Study Hall, workshops, references guides, and other resources. These are listed on page 5 of the 2022 Fellowship Guidelines, and on our website. 

What do I do if I’m having technical difficulties with my grant application?
If you aren’t able to sign into Submittable, have questions about uploading or formatting files, or other technical questions, visit https://help.submittable.com 

How are the awards selected?
All applications are reviewed by one multidisciplinary panel consisting of five artists from across the state with expertise in a range of artistic disciplines. Panelists review all eligible applications online through Submittable and meet over Zoom to discuss applications and recommend recipients. Panelists are asked to review all applications through a lens of racial equity and consider geographic diversity and highlighting a range of disciplines and practices.  

The panel selects the recipients based on: 

  • Artistic excellence 
  • The background and experience of the artist 
  • Artist’s continued dedication to their artistic practice 

How does racial equity impact the selection of awardees?
We have a strong commitment to racial equity throughout our organization. Within our award programs, we ask selection panelists to review all applications through a lens of racial equity. This means when a panelist is considering an applicant, we ask them to be mindful of structural, institutional, and historical barriers artists of color face and how those barriers may impact their work and their career. Additionally, panelists are encouraged to have an intersectional approach and to highlight a range disciplines and practices as well as discuss marginalized identities within BIPOC communities.  

Read more about our work towards racial equity here.