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Fellowships to Oregon Artists
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Oregon Arts Commission

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10/13/21 5:00 PM - For Visual Artists


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Fellowships of up to $5,000 to Oregon artists for professional development. The program is intended to recognize the achievements of professional artists and to provide them with an opportunity to further their careers. The fellowships are offered to artists who demonstrate excellence, outstanding talent, and commitment to the creation of new work. Artists from underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, are especially encouraged to apply.

The Arts Commission offers Fellowships in multiple artistic disciplines in alternating years:

  • Even-numbered years: Visual Arts (including crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, and new media, fashion, graphic design, and industrial design).
  • Odd-numbered years: Performing Arts (choreography, dance, music composition, music performance, theater, performance art, storytelling, and puppetry).

Media and literary fellowships are funded by the Oregon Arts Commission and administered by the NW Film Center and Literary Arts.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161227

Number of Grants:

There is no predetermined number of Fellowships to be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

January 1, 2022 - December 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Oregon professional artists are eligible to apply.

At the time of application, all applicants must:
- Be 18 years of age or older;
- Have not received an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship in the prior five years;
- Have been domiciled in Oregon for at least one year (domicile is a person’s fixed, permanent and principal home for legal purposes);
- Not be enrolled (either part- or full-time) in a creative degree program;
- Submit an individual application. While the Arts Commission acknowledges that many artists work collaboratively, awards will be made only to individual artists;
- Submit only one Fellowship application per calendar year.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is October 13, 2021, by 5:00 PM. The application will open in September 2021.

Documentation of the artist's work is the most important component of the application and artists are strongly advised to submit well-documented and clearly identified work samples. Fellowships are awarded primarily based on the creative excellence presented in the applicant's work samples. All work samples should be clear, legible and/or audible reproductions of the applicant's work.

Assistance with technical requirements and application scope is available from Arts Commission staff prior to the application deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions related to eligibility, your proposed project, application questions, feedback or program-specific matters:

Eleanor Sandys
(971) 707-3004

For questions related to technical assistance, technical issues with the grants system, decision appeals or final reports:


Oregon Arts Commission
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280

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