BAYAN THE POET
2021 Gilda Award in Literary ArtsSpoken Word

ANA GAVRILOVSKA
2021 Gilda Award in Literary ArtsArts Criticism

ROCHELLE MARRETT
2021 Gilda Award in Literary ArtsFiction

DONNEVAN TOLBERT
2021 Gilda Award in Literary ArtsPlaywriting

IJANIA CORTEZ
2021 Gilda Award in Visual ArtsPainting

BAKPAK DURDEN
2021 Gilda Award in Visual ArtsPainting

JESSICA FRELINGHUYSEN
2021 Gilda Award in Visual ArtsPerformance Art

CYRUS KARIMIPOUR
2021 Gilda Award in Visual ArtsPhotography

CINNAMON TRIANO
2021 Gilda Award in Visual ArtsVideo Art

NEHA VEDPATHAK
2021 Gilda Award in Visual ArtsPainting

IAN FINKELSTEIN
2020 Gilda Award in Film & MusicMusic Composition and Performance

KARL KINGSON
2020 Gilda Award in Film & MusicScreenwriting and Film Directing

EMILY ROGERS
2020 Gilda Award in Film & MusicMusic Composition and Performance

SUMMER LIKE THE SEASON
2020 Gilda Award in Film & MusicMusic Composition and Performance

TEDDY DORSETTE III
2020 Gilda Award in Film & MusicInterdisciplinary Work

WE ARE CULTURE CREATORS
2020 Gilda Award in Film & MusicInterdisciplinary Work

CELIA BENVENUTTI
2020 Gilda Award in Live ArtsDance and Choreography

AJ SIMS
2020 Gilda Award in Live ArtsDance and Choreography

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING
2020 Gilda Award in Live ArtsInterdisciplinary Work

LIS CHERE THOMAS
2020 Gilda Award in Live ArtsPerformance Art

AIKO FUKUCHI
2019 Gilda Award in Literary ArtsFiction

NOUR BALLOUT
2019 Gilda Award in Visual ArtsPhotography

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AISHA ELLIS
2018 Gilda Award in Film & MusicMusic Composition and Performance

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ARTHUR CARTWRIGHT
2018 Gilda Award in Film & MusicScreenwriting and Film Directing

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BRANDYN “SKILZ” BURTON
2018 Gilda Award in Live ArtsDance and Choreography

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SALAKASTAR
2018 Gilda Award in Live ArtsTheatre, Performance Art

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LEAH V
2017 Gilda Award in Literary ArtsCreative Non-Fiction

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AUSTEN BRANTLEY
2017 Gilda Award in Visual ArtsSculpture

ELLEN COONS
2016 Gilda Award in Film & MusicAnimation

MARSAE MITCHELL
2016 Gilda Award in Live ArtsChoreography

MAIA ASSHAQ
2015 Gilda Award in Literary ArtsPoetry

SACRAMENTO KNOXX
2015 Gilda Award in Visual ArtsInterdisciplinary Work

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About The Gilda Snowden Emerging Artist Awards

Gilda Awards are $5,000 prizes for emerging artists, named in honor of Gilda Snowden’s (1954 – 2014) legacy as a mentor and champion of emerging artists in metro Detroit.

Gilda Snowden

Gilda Snowden (1954 – 2014) was one of the eighteen inaugural artists to receive a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2009. Snowden served as Interim Chair and Professor of Fine Arts at the College for Creative Studies where she taught painting for more than 30 years. “Professor Gilda Snowden was one of the great figures at the College for Creative Studies and in the Detroit arts community — an exuberant and prolific painter, an activist, and an incredibly involved and caring teacher and mentor,” says Richard L. Rogers, president of the College for Creative Studies. “By assisting emerging artists, the Gilda Awards celebrate her deep commitment to nurturing new generations of artists. Everyone at CCS is delighted that Kresge Arts in Detroit is honoring our beloved colleague in such a meaningful way.”

Gilda Awards recognize artist who are:
  • Early in their careers, and
  • Are gaining momentum, and
  • Who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form.

Gilda Awards are selected from the pool of Kresge Artist Fellowship applicants who have opted to be considered for the emerging artist award.

Each year, independent panels are convened by Kresge Arts in Detroit to review the Kresge Artist Fellowship applications and select each cohort of Gilda Award recipients, utilizing the guidelines and selection criteria. Panelists are accomplished, well-respected national, regional, and local artists and arts professionals and are selected according to the categories of arts disciplines being reviewed.

Over several months, through multiple rounds, local and national panelists review eligible applications and select the fellowship and Gilda Award recipients. New panelists participate each year.

Kresge Artist Fellowships and Gilda Awards are awarded annually in rotating categories: Film & Music/Live Arts; Literary Arts/Visual Arts