Metro Detroit Literary and Visual Artists Invited to Apply for $25,000 Fellowships and $5,000 Emerging Artist Awards

DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 30, 2018 – Metropolitan Detroit artists are invited to apply for a 2019 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by Kresge Arts in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies.

Friday, November 30, 2018:  Online Application Opens
Thursday, January 17, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. EST: Application Deadline

Now in its eleventh 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 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 Literary Arts and one in Visual Arts. 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. Gilda Awards are chosen from the pool of Kresge Artist Fellows applicants. There is no separate application for the Gilda Awards.

In each category, fellows and Gilda Award recipients are selected by independent panels of distinguished local and national artists and arts professionals. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply. New panels are convened each year, bringing fresh perspectives to the review process. Janet Webster Jones, owner and operator of Detroit’s Source Booksellers, served as a Literary Arts Panelist in 2017. Jones encourages applicants to “let your self and your intentions shine through.”

Artists working in the following disciplines are eligible to apply for a 2019 Kresge Artist Fellowship:

Arts Criticism
Creative Non-Fiction
Graphic Novels
Spoken Word
Interdisciplinary Work

Book Art              New Media
Ceramics             Painting
Collage                Photography
Drawing              Performance Art
Fiber                    Printmaking
Glass                    Sculpture
Installation          Video Art
Metalwork           Interdisciplinary Work

“Sometimes people say they don’t plan to apply because they haven’t been an artist long enough. Because fellowships are awarded to artists at all career stages, it is never too early to apply. It is also never too late in an artist’s career to apply,” says director of Kresge Arts in Detroit Christina deRoos. “Among the first 10 years of Kresge Artist Fellows, we have 200 emerging to established artists. We look forward to welcoming 18 more in 2019!”

Artists are strongly encouraged to attend the applicant workshops, which are designed to help artists submit competitive applications to Kresge Arts in Detroit as well as other sources of support for their creative careers. Visit for full details and to RSVP.


Thursday, November 15, 2018
6:00PM – 8:00PM

Grace in Action
1725 Lawndale Street
Detroit, MI  48209

Past workshop


Tuesday, December 4, 2018
6:00PM – 8:00PM

Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, MI  48126

Presented with Creative Many Michigan


Saturday, January 12, 2019
11:00AM – 1:00PM

The Jam Handy
2900 East Grand Boulevard
Detroit, MI  48202

Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded ten Kresge Eminent Artist Awards ($50,000 each), 180 Kresge Artist Fellowships ($25,000 each), and ten Gilda Awards ($5,000 each) for a total of more than $5 million given directly to individual metro Detroit artists.

Fellowship applications are only available and submitted online. The online application opens on Friday, November 30, 2018, and must be submitted before 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, January 17, 2019. Guidelines and additional resources are available now at

For further information, please contact Christina deRoos at 313.664.1151 or

Kresge Arts in Detroit is generously funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies. The goals of Kresge Arts in Detroit are to enrich the quality of life for metro 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 local artists. Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded more than $5 million through ten Kresge Eminent Artist awards ($50,000 each), 180 Kresge Artist fellowships ($25,000 each), and ten Gilda Awards ($5,000 each).

The Kresge Foundation is a private, national foundation that works to expand opportunities in America’s cities through grantmaking and social investing in arts and culture, education, environment, health, human services and community development in Detroit. Kresge’s Detroit Program collaborates with civic, nonprofit and business partners to promote long-term, equitable opportunity in Kresge’s hometown. The strategy includes place-based efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for residents; efforts to strengthen arts and culture, early childhood development, community development and other citywide systems of support; and efforts to bolster civic capacity, the ability of Detroiters to join, influence and lead the city’s renewal.

The College for Creative Studies (CCS), located in the heart of Detroit, educates artists and designers to be leaders in the 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 Design, Communication Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, 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, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design. The College also offers non-credit courses in the visual arts through its Continuing and Precollege Studies programs and opportunities for youth through its Community Arts Partnerships programs.

Creative Many Michigan designs and delivers a series of professional practice and engagement opportunities for the artists awarded the Kresge Artist Fellowships. The program features individual meetings with Creative Many staff, a kick-off Creative Capital retreat, group workshops and presenter brunches, alumni-led events, and validation services – including review of applications and proposals, letters of support, and fee waiver for their Lawyers for the Creative Economy referral program. Since 2008, the program has brought over 197 esteemed arts professionals to Detroit to work with fellows and the wider creative community. Creative Many advances the creative industries for a strong and resilient Michigan. Headquartered in Detroit with offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids, they work with local partners across sectors to maximize the power of Michigan’s creative many for the strength of our state. They empower and invest in creative people and industries, connecting them with resources, networks and opportunities to develop their practice, influence and the creative economy.

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