Click here to see the guidelines for the 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship application cycle.
Kresge Artist Fellowships are for emerging and established artists and are intended to fund an artist’s creative vision and voice. Fellowships are not project grants and no special conditions are attached to them. Fellowship funding may cover any aspect of the artist’s life, such as, but not limited to, informal study, exploration of new artistic directions, overhead costs, travel as it directly relates to the artistic career, living and other expenses.
Artists who collaborate, and who have an on-going demonstrated history of collaborative work, are permitted to apply under a collaborative application. Applications should have one primary applicant and include the contact information for the additional collaborators.
Should a collaborative artist group receive a fellowship, the $25,000 award is split evenly among the collaborators. Each collaborative artist must meet all eligibility requirements listed in the selection criteria. Please see guidelines for further information.
Applicants may ONLY apply in more than one category if they can demonstrate a significant commitment to each of the individual categories. If an applicant applies in more than one category, a completely separate application and set of support materials must be submitted for each application. Applicants that submit an application to more than one category may only receive a fellowship in one category per two-year cycle.
Yes! Many of our Fellows applied several times before being selected. Every year a new set of panelists review applications, bringing fresh perspectives to the selection process.
No. You may NOT apply if you are working toward or planning to work toward a degree during the course of the year-long fellowship.
Your application would be deemed ineligible.
No. Kresge Artist Fellowships are only granted to individual artists.
The Kresge Arts in Detroit staff initially review all applications for compliance only. Through a series of rounds panelists review applications then convene in Detroit each year to select the fellows. The Kresge Arts in Detroit staff contacts all the finalists to confirm eligibility before the fellows are selected. Decision letters are sent by email to all applicants at that time.
For each arts category, a new independent fellowship panel is selected each year. Kresge Arts in Detroit staff and the Kresge Arts in Detroit Advisory Council do NOT contribute to the decision-making process or the selection of the Kresge Artist Fellows.
No. While we are available to help with general questions you may have about how to apply and craft a strong application, we are unable to provide feedback regarding the specific content of your application.
All applicants receive an email notification after the final decisions are made in June each year. The names of all Kresge Artist Fellows and the panelists who selected them will be listed on the Kresge Arts in Detroit website.
Kresge Arts in Detroit Staff will make documentation of Application Workshops available online after the sessions have ended. View documentation of previous workshops by clicking HERE.
In the online application for a Kresge Artist Fellowship you may check a box stating that you would like to be considered for a Gilda Award.
• 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
• The potential to reflect, enhance or impact communities within metropolitan Detroit.
Many local libraries provide free internet access and computer usage. Search your local Michigan public library at the publiclibraries.com
Kresge Artist Fellowship applications may only be submitted in English. For translation services visit Welcome Mat Detroit, a local immigrant integration network to search their translation service database.