2015 Kresge Artist Fellowships Application Cycle is Open!

Metro Detroit Literary and Visual Artists are Invited to Apply for $25,000 Awards

Application Resources and Support Available Now
Online Applications Accepted Beginning December 1st

DETROIT, MI – OCTOBER 30, 2014  Emerging and established metropolitan Detroit Literary and Visual artists are invited to apply for a $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit office at the College for Creative Studies, with professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by Creative Many Michigan.

Thursday, October 30, 2014:  Application Guide and Resources Available
Monday, December 1, 2014:  Online Application Opens
Thursday, January 22, 2015 by 11:59 p.m. EST:  Application Deadline

In 2015, the program will provide support for nine Literary Arts Fellows and nine Visual Arts Fellows living and working in metropolitan Detroit (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties). Kresge Artist Fellowships are given to artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work. Artists working in the following disciplines are eligible to apply for the 2015 Kresge Artist Fellowships:
Arts Criticism (all categories)
Creative Non-Fiction
Spoken Word
Interdisciplinary Work
Experimental Forms
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Art and Technology  
Book Arts                
Performance Art
Video Art
Interdisciplinary Work
Experimental Forms


“The confidence and motivation that came with receiving a Kresge Artist Fellowship brought new possibilities to my creative practice, as well as expanded connections to other artists, ideas and opportunities,” says 2013 Visual Arts Fellow Coco Bruner. “The fellowship allowed me to explore new mediums and formats, and my work will reach an expanded audience through Art X in 2015. I encourage everyone eligible to apply!”

Applications are only available and submitted online. The online application opens on Monday, December 1, 2014 and must be completed by Thursday, January 22, 2014 by 11:59 p.m., E.S.T.  The Guide as well as additional information and resources are available now at www.kresgeartsindetroit.org.

The Kresge Arts in Detroit office will hold the following Applicant Orientations for artists interested in applying for a fellowship:


Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6 – 8 p.m.
Topic: Developing a Strong Application 

Saturday, December 13, 2014, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Topic: Navigating the Online System

Applicant Orientations are held at the College for Creative Studies, Walter B. Ford II Building, in the Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium. Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an orientation and should RSVP online to confirm their attendance.

“The fellowships have had a substantial impact on both the awarded artists and communities throughout metropolitan Detroit,” says Michelle Perron, director of Kresge Arts in Detroit. “The Kresge Foundation’s investment in artists has sparked increased exposure and resources for tri-county artists, and new narratives about Detroit.”

Since 2009, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded 108 fellowships and over $3 million to metropolitan Detroit artists. 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 distinguished artists and arts professionals. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply.

In 2016, fellowships will be awarded to artists working in dance, music, film, theatre and interdisciplinary forms.

The Kresge Foundation is a $3 billion private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services, community development and place-based efforts in Detroit. In 2013, the Board of Trustees approved 316 awards totaling $122 million; $128 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. In addition, Kresge’s Social Investment Practice made commitments totaling $16 million in 2013. kresge.org

The College for Creative Studies, located in the heart of Detroit, educates artists and designers to be leaders in creative professions. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls more than 1,400 students pursuing Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees. Students in the BFA program can major in Advertising: Copywriting, Advertising Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design, in addition to a dual major Art Education program. Students in the MFA program can major in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Interdisciplinary Design and Transportation Design. The College also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing Education programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs. www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu

Kresge Arts in Detroit, which comprises the Kresge Artist Fellowships and Kresge Eminent Artist Award, is generously funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies. Kresge Arts in Detroit represents one facet of The Kresge Foundation’s Detroit Program, which uses a comprehensive strategy to revitalize neighborhoods and build a vibrant Woodward Corridor along with support for arts and culture, regional transit, early childhood education and work to enhance civic capacity. The goals of Kresge Arts in Detroit are to enrich the quality of life for metropolitan Detroiters by helping artists provide a broad spectrum of cultural experiences; celebrate and reflect the richness and diversity of our community in all its aspects; heighten the profile of arts and artists in our community; and strengthen the artistic careers of artists. www.kresgeartsindetroit.org

Creative Many Michigan is a statewide economic development organization whose mission is to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy for a competitive Michigan. Creative Many advances the power of creativity through advocacy and public policy, research and reporting, professional practice programs, networking and dialogue for the greater good of the arts, culture and creative and design industries. www.creativemany.org




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