Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 awards and professional practice opportunities for emerging and established metro Detroit artists. Fellowships recognize creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines, including artists who have been academically trained, self-taught artists, and artists whose art forms have been passed down through cultural heritage.

Gilda Awards are $5,000 prizes for emerging artists, named in honor of artist, CCS professor, and 2009 Kresge Artist Fellow Gilda Snowden (1954–2014).

Fellowships and Gilda Awards are no-strings-attached awards, meaning artists may spend the money on any aspect of their creative practice or life (i.e. making new work, renting or purchasing studio space, travel, general living expenses, etc.).

2017 Categories: 18 Fellowships and 2 Gilda Awards (Application Cycle Closed January 19, 2017)

Literary Arts: Arts Criticism, Creative Non-fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Poetry, Spoken Word, Zines, Interdisciplinary Work

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

2018 Categories: 18 Fellowships and 2 Gilda Awards (Application Cycle will open November 2017)

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

Live Arts: Dance, Choreography, Theatre Directing, Playwriting, Performance Art, Interdisciplinary Work

Selected artists will be announced in June 2018


To apply you must:

  • be 18 years or older, and
  • be a current legal resident of Macomb, Oakland or Wayne county, and
  • have resided in Macomb, Oakland or Wayne county for at least the two years prior to the application deadline (January 19, 2015 – January 19, 2017), and
  • intend to remain a resident of the tri-county area throughout the year-long fellowship period


  • Students working toward any degree at the time of application, or individuals planning to begin a degree-granting program during the fellowship year (July 2017 – July 2018), with the exception of ABD (all but dissertation) status Ph.D. candidates
  • Individuals who received a Kresge Artist Fellowship within the last four years (2013-2016) or a Kresge Eminent Artist Award
  • Current Kresge Artist Fellowship panelists, Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council members, Kresge Arts in Detroit staff, Creative Many Michigan staff, The Kresge Foundation staff, and immediate family members of any of these individuals


Applications are reviewed by independent panels, one for Literary Arts and one for Visual Arts. Each panel consists of five individuals (3 national panelists and 2 local panelists). Panelists remain anonymous until the selected artists are announced (June 2017).

New panels of national and local artists and arts professionals are convened each year. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply.

Fellowship Selection Criteria:

  • A demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high quality work. This is the main determinant in the selection of a fellow.
  • The potential to grow and advance in their artistic career.
  • The potential to reflect, enhance or impact communities within metropolitan Detroit.

Gilda Award Selection Criteria:

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.