Application Period for Kresge Artist Fellowship Program Opens December 2

Artists in the metro Detroit area are invited to apply for a 2020 Kresge Artist Fellowship.

Now in its twelfth year, the program will award eighteen fellowships — nine in the Live Arts (Dance, choreography, theater directing, playwriting, performance art, interdisciplinary work) and nine in Film & Music (film directing, screenwriting, animation, music composition, music performance, sound art, interdisciplinary work) — in 2020 to artists living and working in the tri-county area (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties). Fellowships are funded by the Kresge Foundation and administered by Kresge Arts in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies.

Kresge Artist Fellowships are no-strings-attached $25,000 awards (plus professional development support). Artists at any stage of their career are invited to apply.

In addition, two Gilda Awards, $5,000 no-strings-attached prizes solely for emerging artists, will also be awarded — one in Live Arts and one in Film & Music.

Gilda Awards recognize artists who are early in their careers, are gaining momentum, and who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form. The awards are named in honor of Gilda Snowden (1954 – 2014), who was one of the eighteen inaugural artists to receive a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2009. Snowden served as interim chair and professor of fine arts at the College for Creative Studies, where she taught painting for more than thirty years.

Gilda Awards are chosen from the pool of Kresge Artist Fellows applicants. There is no separate application for the Gilda Award.

Applications for the 2020 artists fellowships will be accepted online starting December 2. All applications are due by January 16, 2020.

For more information, see the Kresge Foundation website.


Deadline: January 15, 2020