Emerging and established artists in the Detroit metro area are invited to apply for a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by the Kresge Foundation and administered by Kresge Arts in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies, with professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by Creative Many Michigan.
In 2017, the program will award nine fellowships in the literary arts and nine fellowships in the visual arts to artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties). Kresge Artist Fellowships, which include a $25,000 award and professional practice opportunities, are given to artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work.
In addition, a Gilda Award of $5,000 will be awarded to one emerging artist in each category. The award is named in honor of artist, CCS professor, and 2009 Kresge Artist Fellow Gilda Snowden (1954–2014).
1) Literary arts: arts criticism, creative nonfiction, fiction, graphic novels, poetry, spoken word, zines, interdisciplinary work.
2) Visual arts: book art, ceramics, collage, drawing, fiber, glass, installation, metalwork, new media, painting, photography, performance art, printmaking, sculpture, video art, interdisciplinary work.
In each category fellows are selected through a competitive review of all applications, a process performed by independent panels of distinguished local and national artists and arts professionals. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply. New panels are convened each year, bringing fresh perspectives to the review process.
To be eligible, applicants must be 18 years of age or older, a current legal resident of Macomb, Oakland or Wayne county, and have resided in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne county for at least the two years prior to the application deadline (January 19, 2015 – January 19, 2017).
See the Kresge Arts in Detroit website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, and application instructions.