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Artist Fellowship

Fellowship to a Providence, Rhode Island Artist or
Group of Artists for a Career Development Opportunity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum

Deadline Date:

10/19/18 Midnight


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Fellowship of $10,000 to a Providence, Rhode Island artist or a group of artists to assist in the development of their career. Funding is intended to give the fellow the opportunity to work jointly with renowned art institution and museum staff to develop a project and examine new ideas and ways of working that challenge conventional methodologies.

The fellow will investigate Museum collections related to their proposed areas of interest, with support and mentorship from curatorial staff, conservators, and educators, and engage in research that benefits their personal practice and delves deeply into ideas, materials, and processes.

To expand their knowledge and art-making skills, the fellow will have access to a range of resources at RISD, including support from Museum staff and access to RISD faculty, technicians, and libraries. The fellow may audit select RISD Graduate Studies courses. In collaboration with Museum staff, the fellow will share their work with the public through talks, demonstrations, performances, publications, or other formats. The proposed project shapes and defines the fellow’s time at the Museum and research requirements. A budget of $2,000 or less is offered towards project expenses.

Fellowship Goals:

- Enable the artist fellow to carry out object-based research, to learn new skills, and to create new work.
- Foster public interest in dynamic creative practices through artists’ perspectives.
- Create links between the RISD Museum’s collection and current practices in art and design.

In addition to a $10,000 stipend, each Artist fellow will receive:

- Access to research resources, including the RISD Museum collections and RISD Fleet Library
- Opportunities for mentorship from RISD Museum and College faculty and staff
- Ability to audit select RISD Graduate Studies courses
- Artist-related professional-development training
- Opportunities to share their creative process with RISD Museum audiences
- Opportunity to help shape the Museum’s approach to supporting artists in the future

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173479

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

A fellowship stipend of $10,000 will be given to the artist. A budget of $2,000 or less is offered towards project expenses.

Term of Contract:

The fellowship starts January 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Criteria:

- Applicants must be local, meaning Providence is their closest big city. They must have resided in this area for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
- Artists and designers working in any medium are eligible to apply.
- Applicants should be at or approaching a critical shift, transition, or change in their career. This could mean an emerging artist establishing their practice or an established artist at a significant moment of creative or professional development.
- Applicants should be interested in infusing their creative practice with research, and in exploring objects from varied times and cultures. The proposed project will be realized in collaboration with Museum staff.
- Applicants may not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time, at an institution of higher learning at the time of the application deadline or during the fellowship year. Because RISD faculty and staff already have access to many of the resources provided by this fellowship, they are not eligible for this program.
- You may apply as a group if collaboration or collective work is central to your creative practice and you and your fellow group members have a history of successfully working together. If you plan to apply collaboratively, please be sure to describe/demonstrate how your collective has a sustained practice together, to include resumes from all members, and to address how this opportunity would benefit all parties of your group.

Pre-Application Information:

- Office hours at the Museum, during which applicants may ask questions of Museum staff before submitting their application: Friday, August 24, 12:30-2 pm and Saturday, September 15, 10 am-12 pm
- Application deadline: October 19, 2018, midnight
- In-person interviews for finalists: late/early November 2018
- Notifications: late November 2018
- Start date: January 1, 2019
- End date: December 31, 2019

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Rhode Island: Providence area