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Kresge Artist Fellowships

Fellowships and Awards to Michigan Artists in
Eligible Areas for Career-Advancing Activities

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Kresge Arts in Detroit

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Deadline Date:

01/14/21 11:59 PM EST


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Fellowships of $25,000 and awards of $5,000 to Michigan emerging and established individual artists to support professional development activities. Funding is intended for activities related to the fields of literary and visual arts. Applications are accepted from artists residing in the Detroit area counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne. Funds may be spent on any aspect of an artist's creative practice or life (i.e. making new work, renting or purchasing studio space, travel, general living expenses, paying off debt, etc.).


  • Literary Arts: Arts Criticism, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Playwriting, Poetry, Spoken Word, Zines, Interdisciplinary Work
  • Visual Arts: Book Art, Ceramics, Collage, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Installation, Metalwork, New Media, Painting, Photography, Performance Art, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Art, Interdisciplinary Work

Kresge Artist Fellowships include financial awards, professional development support, and the creation of a short, documentary-style film highlighting the artist’s work. Artists of all career stages are invited to apply. Fellowships recognize creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines, including artists who have been academically trained, self-taught artists, and artists whose art forms have been passed down through cultural heritage.

Gilda Awards are prizes for emerging artists, named in honor of artist, CCS professor, and 2009 Kresge Artist Fellow Gilda Snowden (1954–2014). 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.

Kresge Artist Fellowship recognize artists who have:

  • A demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high-quality work. (This is the main determinant in the selection of a fellow.);
  • The potential to grow and advance in their artistic career;
  • The potential to reflect, enhance or impact communities within metropolitan Detroit.

Gilda Awards recognize artist who are:

  • Early in their careers, and
  • Are gaining momentum, and
  • Who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166667

Number of Grants:

Literary Arts: 10 Kresge Artist Fellowships and 4-6* Gilda Awards; Visual Arts: 10 Kresge Artist Fellowships and 4-6* Gilda Awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 each. Gilda Awards are $5,000 each.

Term of Contract:

The Fellowship period is July 2021 – July 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply you must:
-Be 18 years or older; and
-Be a current legal resident of Macomb, Oakland or Wayne Counties, and have resided in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne Counties for at least the two years prior to the application deadline (January 14, 2019–January 14, 2021); and
-Intend to remain a resident of the tri-county area throughout the year-long fellowship period.

Artists who have an ongoing demonstrated history of collaborating together may apply together with one collaborative application. Each member of the collaborating group must meet all eligibility requirements above. In addition:
- Applications include 1 primary applicant and up to 4 additional collaborators, and
- Work samples must reflect work that the group of artists created together, and
- Statements and resumes must reflect the experience and perspectives of the collaborating group

Not Eligible:
-Students working toward any degree at the time of application, or individuals planning to begin a degree-granting program during the fellowship year (July 2021 – July 2022), with the exception of ABD (all but dissertation) status Ph.D. candidates;
-Individuals who received a Kresge Artist Fellowship within the last four years (2017-2020)
- Kresge Eminent Artist Award recipients;
-Current Kresge Artist Fellowship panelists, staff members of Kresge Arts in Detroit and the Kresge Foundation, or immediate family members of any of these individuals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Info Session: Application Questions and Answers (online)

Thursday, January 7, 2021

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 11:59 EST, on January 14, 2021. Selected artists will be announced in July 2021. Applications are submitted online through Slideroom.

Applicants are strongly recommended to complete applications well in advance of the the deadline to avoid missing it due to unforeseen technical problems.

Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online (separate links for Film & Music, and for Live Arts):

Kresge Arts in Detroit
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI 48202
P: 313.664.11503
F: 313.664.1154

Direct questions about the application to Kresge Arts in Detroit: (313)744-3204 or

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USA: Michigan: Detroit Area/Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties

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