SELECTION OF VISUAL ARTS FELLOWS
Each year, the Visual Artists Fellowship application deadline is February 1.
Eligibility: Applicants must be 18 years or older and must not participate in a degree program during the Fellowship year. The Fellowship is open to all emerging visual artists creating 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional and time-based media work. Applicants are selected by the quality of their work and not by exhibitions, resumes or recommendations. The jury disqualifies applicants who they deem to have already emerged (e.g., those who have had high profile solo exhibitions or have been in significant group exhibitions such as exhibitions/biennials). Tenure track professors who are on sabbatical are not eligible.
Applications are accepted through SlideRoom.
Composition of Jurors: The Visual Arts Committee Chair with the Visual Arts Fellowship Coordinator, enlists and instructs the Visual Arts Committee members in the first round of jury. Visual Arts Committee members are practicing accomplished artists, including but not limited to former Fellows of the Fine Arts Work Center. The Visual Arts Chair, the Visual Arts Fellowship Coordinator, and the Second-year Visual Arts Fellows also serve in the first round of jury.
For the second and final round of jury, the Visual Arts Chair and the Visual Arts Fellowship Coordinator invite 3 outside jurors of established art professionals to review finalists’ submitted work as well as current or former Fellows applying for a Second-year Fellowship. Only the Visual Arts Chair, the Visual Arts Fellowship Coordinator, and the 3 jurors will be present when reviewing work for the final jury. The 3 jurors make the final selection of the 10 Visual Arts Fellows. The Visual Arts Chair and the Visual Arts Fellowship Coordinator do not make the final selection.
First Round: The Visual Arts Committee members will jury all Slideroom applications in two phases:
In late February, the enlisted Visual Arts Committee members will individually review online submissions. The data from the Committee members will be collected and collated by the Visual Arts Chair and the Visual Arts Fellowship Coordinator to cut the applicant pool by 60 percent. In early March, the enlisted Visual Arts Committee members will meet as a group (alternating annually between New York City and Provincetown) to review the remaining pool of applicants. The Committee will spend a full day reviewing the submissions and make the final cut to about 50 finalists.
Second Round: The 50 finalists will be invited to submit up to 10 additional images to supplement their portfolio in SlideRoom. This is optional and must notify the Visual Arts Fellowship Coordinator when submitting additional images.
In late April, the 3 established artists who are invited as outside jurors will review the finalists’ supplemented portfolio, as well as the current Fellows and former Fellows who are applying for a Second-year Fellowship. The 3 jurors will select 8 first-year Fellows with 6 alternates and 2 Second-year Fellows with 4 alternates.
Second-year Fellows: 2 Second-year Visual Arts Fellowships are awarded each year. Second-year Fellows participate in the first round of jury process for the upcoming Fellowship year when they are in residence.
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