Fellowship Awards


Application: Closed

Amount Awarded: $10,000

Number of Awards: 8+

Eligible Disciplines: All Disciplines

Eligible Counties: All

Deadline: November 6, 2023 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. This includes The Vadon Foundation Fellowship Award for Native Artists, the Fellowship Award for Black Artists, the Greg Kucera & Larry Yocom Fellowship Award,  and The Lillian Miller Foundation Fellowship for Trans* and Indigiqueer Artists.

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

The 2024 Fellowships will open in October 2023. To learn more about last years Awards, see the guidelines below, and check out our How to Apply webinar for 2023 Fellowship.

Guidelines

The guidelines for the 2024 Fellowships will be posted on September 8.

Read the 2023 Fellowship Guidelines. 

Click here to read the plain text version of the 2023 Fellowship 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 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 8  Guidelines available.

October 2  Application opens.

October 16 Study Hall.

October 26 & 27  Office hours.

November 6  Application closes.

November – January 2024 Panel review.

February 2024  Board votes.

February 2024   Notification of award status.

March 2024   Public announcement.

Eligibility Information

The 2024 Fellowship Awards will be open to artists residing in Washington State working in all disciplines.

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 20162023 (this includes recipients of the Vadon Foundation Fellowship Award for Native Artists, the Lillian Miller Foundation Fellowship Award, the Fellowship Award for Black Artists, and the Greg Kucera & Larry Yocom Fellowship);
  • 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 in 2024;
  • Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of November 6, 2023 and the time of payment (March 2024); 
  • 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. 

2024 Fellowship FAQ

Am I eligible for the 2024 Fellowship Awards? 
The 2024 Fellowship Awards are open to all Washington State artists working in any discipline. 

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 2016-2023 (this includes recipients of the Vadon Foundation Fellowship Award for Native Artists, the Lillian Miller Foundation Fellowship Award, the Fellowship Award for Black Artists, and the Greg Kucera & Larry Yocom Fellowship); 
  • Previous recipients of two or more Fellowship Awards in a lifetime; 
  • Recipients of another Artist Trust grant in 2024; 
  • Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in any degree program at the deadline date of November 6, 2023 and at the time of payment (March 2024); 
  • 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 2024 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. 

I’m interested in applying for the named Fellowships. Can I apply?
There are 4 named Fellowships:

  • The Fellowship Award for Black Artists is an unrestricted award of $10,000 for
    Washington State artists who identify as Black/African/African-American. All artists who identify as Black, African, and/or African American will automatically be considered for this award with a completed Fellowship Award application. This Fellowship is permanently funded thanks to the generous support of Greg Kucera and Larry Yocom.
  • The Greg Kucera & Larry Yocom Fellowship Award is an unrestricted award of $10,000 to an artist of any background residing in Washington State with visual art influences. Artists will have to opt into being considered for this award with a completed Fellowship Award application. This award was made possible thanks to support from Greg Kucera and Larry Yocom.
  • The Lillian Miller Foundation Fellowship Award for Trans* and Indigiqueer Artists is an unrestricted award of $10,000 for Washington State artists of all disciplines who self-identify as trans in its most inclusive sense. This may include transgender, indigiqueer, Two-Spirit, genderqueer, or nonbinary people, and anyone whose gender identity is nonconforming and/or different from their gender assigned at birth. Artists who identify as the above will have to opt into being considered for this award with a completed Fellowship application. Read more about this award here.
  • The Vadon Foundation Fellowship Award for Native Artists is an unrestricted award of $10,000 to a Native artist of any discipline residing in Washington State. To be considered for this award, artists must complete the Fellowship Award application and provide documentation of their Native American heritage in one of the following ways:
    • Documentation of tribal enrollment provided by a federally- or state-recognized tribe, band, nation, or Alaska Native Village;
    • Documentation provided by a federally- or state-recognized tribe, band, nation, or Alaska Native village identifying the applicant as a descendant.

Learn more about the Vadon Foundation at www.vadonfoundation.org.

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.

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 2024 Fellowship Awards application will be available online on October 2, 2023. The application deadline is November 6, 2023, 11:59 PM PST. 

How do I apply?
To apply, you must create a Submittable account and submit an application through Submittable, which will be linked here once it’s live. 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 1.5 minutes of audio/video), an Artist Statement (350 words or less or up to 3 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 2023 Fellowship Reference Guide. The 2024 Reference Guide will be available in September 2023.

What’s the most important part of the 2024 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. 

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.

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 communiti  es.  

Read more about our work towards racial equity here.