Metropolitan Detroit literary and visual artists are invited to apply for a 2021 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Applications must be submitted online via Slideroom from December 1 through January 14.

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. 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.

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

Kresge Artist Fellow in Literary Arts Cherise Morris (2019) recommends, “Find what distinguishes your work as an extension of your authentic self, step boldly into your authenticity, and let that aspect of your work shine through.”

In each category, fellows and Gilda Award recipients are selected by independent panels of distinguished local and national artists and arts professionals. New panels are convened each year, bringing fresh perspectives to the review process. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply.

Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, January 14, 2021. There are no exceptions to the deadline.

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