Application Cycle Begins for the
2017 Kresge Artist Fellowships

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$25,000 AWARDS FOR METRO DETROIT ARTISTS IN
LITERARY ARTS AND VISUAL ARTS

NOV 1, 2016

GUIDELINES AVAILABLE

DEC 1, 2016

ONLINE APPLICATION OPENS 

JAN 19, 2017

DEADLINE BY 11:59 PM

Now in its ninth year, the program will award 18 fellowships – nine in Literary Arts and nine in Visual Arts – to artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties). Kresge Artist Fellowships are no-strings-attached $25,000 prizes given to artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work. Professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows are provided by Creative Many Michigan.

Gilda Snowden

Two Gilda Awards, $5,000 no-strings-attached prizes for emerging artists, will also be awarded – one in Literary Arts and one in Visual Arts. Established in 2015, 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. The awards are named in honor of Gilda Snowden (1954 – 2014), who was one of the eighteen inaugural artists to receive a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2009. Snowden served as Interim Chair and Professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies where she taught painting for more than 30 years.

“I was selected for a fellowship after six years of applying,” says Desiree Cooper, 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow in Literary Arts. “Looking back, I realize that repeatedly applying helped me clarify who I am as an artist. The fellowship coincided with the publication of my first collection of fiction, and allowed me to put resources into the business side of my art: marketing, touring, and promoting.”
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Desiree Cooper

Fellowship applications are only available and submitted online. The online application opens on Thursday, December 1, 2016 and must be completed by Thursday, January 19, 2017 by 11:59 PM EST.  Guidelines and additional resources are available now at kresgeartsindetroit.org.

Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded eight Kresge Eminent Artist Awards ($50,000 each), 144 Kresge Artist Fellowships ($25,000 each), and four Gilda Awards ($5,000 each) for a total of over $4 million given directly to individual artists.

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