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MCAD-Jerome Foundation Fellowships for Early Career Artists

Fellowships to Minnesota Individuals
for Advancement in the Visual Arts

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Foundation / Corporation

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Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) - Jerome Foundation

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Deadline Date:

09/18/20 12:00 PM (Noon) CT


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Fellowships of $10,000 to Minnesota individuals to provide support for the creation new artwork and career advancement in the visual arts. Funding is intended to help early-career artists with production costs, purchasing supplies, and living or travel costs. Eligible artists may work in a variety of visual media, including both new and traditional media.

This Fellowship supports visual artists, including but not limited to: painters, sculptors, drawers, printmakers, sequential/comic artists, public artists, social practice artists, conceptual, installation, graffiti, textile, ceramics, glass, bead, metal, paper, and photography and digital video or film (presented in an exhibition or installation context).

The goal of this fellowship program is to support visual artists in Minnesota, early in their careers, creating bold, innovative, and risk-taking new work that challenges conventional artistic forms.

Applicants are evaluated and selected according to these criteria:

  • Compelling—offering distinctive vision and authentic voice;
  • Deeply considered, imaginative, and executed with attention to craft and with technical proficiency, providing artistic experiences that communicate unique perspective/s, and invite viewers to question, discover, explore new ideas in new ways;
  • Innovative and risk-taking—engaging, questioning, challenging, or reimagining conventional artistic forms. Innovation and risk-taking are Jerome Foundation values that reflect our interest in supporting artists from diverse backgrounds and experiences who are expanding ways of working, asking questions, and inspiring new ways of imagining.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160722

Number of Grants:

Four grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $10,000 each.

During the twelve-month fellowship year, each artist receives three studio visits from professional critics, access to technical assistance, a culminating exhibition at the MCAD Gallery, a catalog with a critical essay on each artist's work, and the opportunity to partake in a public panel discussion. Awardees also received access to MCAD’s facilities, library, and ½ off tuition for Continuing Education courses.

Term of Contract:

The fellowship year is twelve months. The fellowship runs from November 30, 2020–November 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility requirements:

Artists that are in the early stages of their creative development with a minimum of 2 years of generative experience not including any exhibition opportunities provided through a school or college program, and:
-- have a focused direction and goals, even while still developing their artistic “voice”
-- have yet to be substantially celebrated within their field, the media, funding circles or the public at large
-- are vocational (as opposed to avocational, academic, amateur, or educational) artists
- Artists who at the time of application have generated, completed and publicly presented/exhibited/published work in the discipline in which support is requested;
- Artists must be able to provide evidence that they are an early career artist. The resume will demonstrate limited, but promising, exhibition exposure and no more than a few grants or fellowships in direct support of work.
- Artists who engage in exploring and challenging conventional artistic forms;
- Artists’ work must fall within current visual art practice. Artists considered for this Fellowship may work in a variety of visual art media, including both traditional and new media. The Fellowship is not intended for commercial artists, musicians, theatre artists, or others whose work is generally not presented in a visual art context.
- Artists who are legal residents of the state of Minnesota and have been residents for a least a year prior (since September 18, 2019) to the submission of an application. (Determined by voting and/or payment of taxes in the state. Applicant must also have a street mailing address within Minnesota to be eligible to apply.)
- Artists must reside in the state until the end of the 12-month Fellowship period.
- Artists living outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area who receive a MCAD–Jerome Foundation Fellowship must be willing to travel to the Twin Cities for Fellowship events, meetings with visiting critics and other group meetings. Mileage and lodging for trips will be reimbursed.
- Artists must be willing to meet with visiting critics during the Fellowship period and accommodate their schedules to the critics' visits. This may include arranging for and transporting artwork to a location in the Twin Cities for studio visits.
- Artists must be willing to participate in a Fellowship exhibition and related activities.
- Artists are eligible to receive this Fellowship once every three years; however, if applicant is a prior recipient that fact will be taken into consideration when the application is reviewed.


Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Sessions and One-on-One Meeting:

Tuesday, August 4, noon–1:00 p.m.
Work Samples, Statements, and
Application Strategies
(with Fellowship Coordinator, Melanie Pankau)
Via Zoom:

Thursday, August 20, 6:30–7:30 p.m.
Work Samples, Statements, and and
Application Strategies
Via Zoom:

Applicants are also welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings (over the phone or Zoom) with the program director or fellowship coordinator before submitting their applications online. To schedule a meeting or to request examples of previous fellowship recipients' artist statements and resumes please send an email. Meetings will not be scheduled September 14-18.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applying is Friday, September 18, 2020 at noon CT.
Email notification will be sent to all applicants on Friday, October 30.
Announcement of the four Fellows: Monday, November 30, 2020.

First Round: The jurors review all submissions in the form of digital images viewed on their personal computer monitors. They are asked to score each applicant 1 to 5. Their decisions are tabulated and the top 25-30 applicants with the highest numerical score move on to the next semifinal round.

Second Round: The jurors are asked review for a second time the applications of the semifinalists and provide some written comments. Then a conference call is held where the panelists discuss these top 25-30 applicants. Those 10 applicants receiving the greatest interest will be contacted to schedule studio visits.

Studio Visits for Finalists: In this final phase, the Program Office notifies the 10 artists identified for final review no later than Friday, October 30. Appointments are made for brief, 20-minute studio visits with the jury. The dates for the studio visits will be Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15.

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Application information:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Kerry Morgan, Program Director, and Melanie Pankau, Fellowship Coordinator

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