Beginning Today Metro Detroit Artists Working in Literary Arts and Visual Arts Invited to Apply for $25,000 Fellowships and $5,000 Emerging Artist Awards 

Detroit, MI – December 1, 2020 – Beginning today, metro Detroit artists are invited to apply for a 2021 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 13th year, Kresge Arts in Detroit will award 20 fellowships—ten in Literary Arts and ten in Visual Arts—to artists of all career stages living and working in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 no strings attached awards, plus professional development support and the creation of a short film highlighting the artist’s work. Kresge Artist Fellowships are awarded to both emerging and established artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work. 

In addition, ten Gilda Awards, $5,000 no strings attached prizes solely for emerging artists, will also be awarded in Literary Arts and 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, and who taught painting at CCS 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.

Artists working in the following disciplines are eligible to apply:

Arts Criticism, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Playwriting, Poetry, Spoken Word, Zines, Interdisciplinary Work

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

An informational video pertaining to the application is available on the Kresge Arts in Detroit website. While not required, applicants are encouraged to view the video, which is designed to support artists in creating their most authentic and compelling application for a Kresge Artist Fellowship. Additionally, Kresge Arts in Detroit staff will hold an online question and answer session in January.

Available now: Instructional video
Thursday, January 7, 2021, 5:00-6:30PM: Application Questions & Answers (online)

Visit to access the complete guidelines, FAQs, and additional resources. Direct questions about application requirements to Kresge Arts in Detroit: The Kresge Arts in Detroit office is currently operating remotely, so email is the best way to contact us.

For further information, please contact Katie McGowan, Managing

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 $6 million through 12 Kresge Eminent Artist Awards ($50,000 each), 218 Kresge Artist fellowships ($25,000 each), and 22 Gilda Awards ($5,000 each).

The Kresge Foundation was founded in 1924 to promote human progress. Today, Kresge fulfills that mission by building and strengthening pathways to opportunity for low-income people in America’s cities, seeking to dismantle structural and systemic barriers to equality and justice. Using a full array of grant, loan, and other investment tools, Kresge invests more than $160 million annually to foster economic and social change. Kresge’s Detroit Program collaborates with civic, nonprofit and business partners to promote and expand long-term, equitable opportunity in our hometown for current and future residents.

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, Art Practice (Fine Arts), Communication Design, Craft & Material Studies, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories 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, 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.

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