DECEMBER 1, 2017

JANUARY 18, 2018
BY 11:59 PM EST

Metropolitan Detroit artists are invited to apply for a 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by Kresge Arts in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies. 

Now in its ninth year, the program will award 18 fellowships – nine in Live Arts and nine in Film & Music – 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 both emerging and established artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work. Fellowships also include a professional development program, designed and delivered by Creative Many Michigan.

In addition, two Gilda Awards, $5,000 no-strings-attached prizes solely for emerging artists, will also be awarded – one in Live Arts and one in Film & Music. 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 18 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. “We know that Kresge Arts Fellowships offer significant financial support to awarded artists and elevate our arts community as a whole,” says Alycia Socia, Kresge Detroit Program fellow. “This program only succeeds because of the amazing talent and diversity of our arts community. It’s heartening that so many applicants come forward to reflect that every year.”

Artists working in the following disciplines are eligible to apply for a 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship:

Dance, Choreography, Theatre Directing, Playwriting, Performance Art and Interdisciplinary Work

Film Directing, Screenwriting, Animation, Music Composition, Music Performance, Sound Art and Interdisciplinary Work

In each category, fellows and Gilda Award recipients are selected by independent panels of distinguished local and national artists and arts professionals. “We strongly encourage all artists to submit an application, whether this is your first time or your fifth time applying,” says Kresge Arts in Detroit director Christina deRoos. “New groups of artists, curators, critics, and producers are convened each year to review applications, bringing fresh perspectives to the process. Although everyone who applies will not receive a fellowship this year, everyone will have their work reviewed by local and national art community members, which often leads to opportunities that only became possible because an artist submitted their work for consideration.”

Fellowship applications are only available and submitted online. The online application opens on Friday, December 1, 2017 and must be submitted before 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, January 18, 2018. 

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