Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Main Criteria for Selection?

• 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.

Where can I see a copy of the most recent application guidelines?

Click here to see the guidelines for the 2018 Kresge Artist Fellowship application cycle.

What is a Fellowship?

Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 no-strings-attached awards for emerging and established artists. Fellowships are not project grants. Instead, awards may be used to cover any aspect of the artist’s life, such as living expenses, residency fees, art supplies, equipment, classes, travel expenses, etc.

How do I apply for a Gilda Award?

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.

How and when will I learn if I received a fellowship?

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.

What happens after I submit my application?

After the deadline, Kresge Arts in Detroit staff review all applications to ensure they meet the application guidelines. For the following several months, over multiple rounds of review, local and national panelists review applications and select the fellowship recipients. New panelists participate each year. Kresge Arts in Detroit staff contacts all finalists to confirm fellowship eligibility before the fellows are selected.

If I work in collaboration with another artist (or group of artists), can I apply?

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.

Can I apply if I am taking classes towards a degree-granting program?

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.

Who selects the fellows?

Each year, a new group of fellowship panelists reviews applications. Kresge Arts in Detroit staff do NOT contribute to the decision-making process or the selection of the Kresge Artist Fellows.

Can I apply in more than one category in the two-year cycle?

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.

If I have applied before and not been selected, is it worth applying again?

Yes! In general, selected artists have applied several times before receiving a fellowship. Every year a new set of panelists review applications, bringing fresh perspectives to the selection process.

What if I move out of the area after I apply?

Your application would be deemed ineligible.

Is my non-profit organization eligible to apply for a fellowship?

No. Kresge Artist Fellowships are only awarded to individual artists.


Will Kresge Arts in Detroit provide feedback on my statements before I submit?

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.


Workshop Videos and Documents

  • View the video from applicant workshop #1, “Application and Work Sample Strategies” by clicking HERE.
  • Download the slideshow for workshop #2, “Writing Artist Statements and Resumes” by clicking HERE.
  • Download the writing worksheet from workshop #2 by clicking HERE.

Computer and Internet Access

Many local libraries provide free internet and computer access. Search your local Michigan public library at

Translation Services

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.

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