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Grants and Fellowships to Oregon Artists for Professional Development

Individual Artist Fellowship - Visual Arts


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Funding Source
Oregon Arts Commission (OAC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Oregon

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/11/23 5:00 PM - For Visual Arts Save

Grant Description
Grants of $1,500 and fellowships of up to $5,000 to Oregon visual artists for professional development. The fellowship is intended to recognize the achievements of professional artists and offer them an opportunity to further their careers. In addition, one-time grants are available to visual artists to hire professional photography services to document their work. Artists from underserved communities, including but not limited to rural communities and communities of color, are especially encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship Program honors Oregon's professional artists and their achievements while supporting efforts to advance their careers. Arts Commission review panels look for outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and a commitment to the creation of new work.

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

  • Visual Arts (including crafts, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, mixed media, new media, fashion, graphic design and industrial design).
  • Performing Arts (choreography, dance, music composition, music performance, theater, performance art, storytelling and puppetry).
  • Funding partnerships with Literary Arts and PAM CUT (Portland Art Museum, Center for an Untold Tomorrow, formerly the Northwest Film Center) support fellowships in Literary and Media Arts.

Documentation Support Funding

In partnership with The Ford Family Foundation, the Arts Commission is introducing Documentation Support Funding that offers a one-time grant to Oregon visual artists to hire professional photography services to document their work. By opting into this review process, applicants will be considered for financial support to help elevate their artistic portfolio and increase competitiveness with national peers.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Arts Commission has final determination on eligibility and may review eligibility at any time or request more information as necessary. 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

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: The application period closes on October 11, 2023 at 5:00 pm.

Only one Fellowship application may be submitted per calendar year.

Estimated Size of Grant
- Fellowship award amounts: Up to $5,000
- Documentation Support Funding: One-time grant of $1,500

Term of Contract
Funding Period: January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online:

Upon request, Arts Commission application materials will be made available in an alternate format such as Braille, large type, or audiotape. For applicants who are hearing‐ impaired and require TDD assistance, please call 800-735‐2900.

For questions related to eligibility, application questions, feedback or program-specific matters: Ryan Burghard, Public Art and Artist Programs Coordinator, 971-374-3083,

For questions related to technical assistance, technical issues with the grants system, decision appeals or final reports: 971-304-5044,

Oregon Arts Commission
775 Summer Street NE, Ste 200
Salem, OR 97301-1280
(503) 986-0082 (phone)
(503) 581-5115 (fax)

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