2013 Kresge Artist Fellowship Applications Now Available

Metro Detroit Literary and Visual Artists are Invited 

to Apply for $25,000 Awards

Detroit, MI – November 1, 2012

Emerging and established metropolitan Detroit literary and visual artists may now apply for a $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship at development. www.kresgeartsindetroit.org. Kresge Artist Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies, with professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by ArtServe Michigan.

In the 2013-14 cycle, 36 fellowships will be evenly distributed among the categories of literary arts, visual arts, music/dance, and film/theater. In 2013, the fellowships will provide support for nine literary artists and nine visual artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties), whose commitment to artistic achievement in contemporary or traditional forms is evident in the quality of their work. In 2014, fellowships will be awarded to nine artists in music/dance and nine artists in film/theater.

The 2013 arts categories are defined as:

Arts criticism in all categories (including literary, performing and visual), creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, spoken word and interdisciplinary work (including experimental work, graphic novels, zines and other hybrid forms).

Art and technology, book arts, ceramics, collage, drawing, fiber, glass, installation, metalwork, painting, photography, performance art, printmaking, sculpture, video art and interdisciplinary work (including experimental work and other hybrid forms).

The fellowships recognize creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines, including artists who have been classically and academically trained, self-taught artists and artists whose art forms have been passed down through cultural and traditional heritage. Kresge Arts in Detroit is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. The fellows are selected through an open, competitive process as judged by independent panels of local and national artists and arts professionals.

Applications are only available online and must be completed by FEBRUARY 1, 2013


Brochures and posters publicizing the availability of the applications are posted in various public spaces and cultural venues in the tri-county area. In addition, the Kresge Arts in Detroit staff will announce the opening of the application period at various tri-county community centers and conduct Information Sessions for those artists interested in applying for a fellowship.  Information Sessions will be held on the following dates:

Literary ArtistsSaturday, December 1, 2012
1-3 p.mWalter B. Ford II Building
College for Creative Studies
Visual ArtistsTuesday, December 11, 2012
6-8 p.mWalter B. Ford II Building
College for Creative Studies

To review any program information or to RSVP for an Information Session, please visit development. www.kresgeartsindetroit.org.

The Kresge Foundation – The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations through its support of nonprofit organizations working in its seven program areas: Arts and Culture, Community Development, Detroit, Education, the Environment, Health, and Human Services. In 2011, the Board of Trustees approved 356 awards totaling $170 million; $140 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. For more information, visit kresge.org.

College for Creative Studies – The Kresge Eminent Artist Award and Kresge Artist Fellowships are administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit office at the College for Creative Studies. The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is an integrated learning community located in Detroit. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls 1,400 students pursuing Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. CCS also offers visual art opportunities for learners of all ages through its Community Arts Partnerships and Continuing Education programs. The Advancing the Creative Spirit campaign enables CCS to provide a world-class art and design curriculum and innovative programming. The $55 million campaign has raised more than $42 million to date, and the College is working hard to keep its promise to the community. For more information, visit www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu.

ArtServe Michigan – ArtServe Michigan is the leading statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening communities by positioning arts, culture and arts education as key contributors to the re-invention of Michigan’s economy. They are committed to developing and supporting the creative and professional potential of artists and other creative practitioners working in Michigan. Through their statewide Creative Many Initiative and their work directing the Professional Practice Opportunities for Kresge Artist Fellows they offer a portfolio of programs designed to connect practitioners to the knowledge, networks and advocacy needed to help them thrive. ArtServe Michigan provides practical opportunities that stimulate ideas and growth. Their programs focus on four main areas: professional development, networking and dialogue, research and analysis, and awards and recognition. For more information, visit www.artservemichigan.org.

For more information about Kresge Arts in Detroit, visit development. www.kresgeartsindetroit.org.


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