Mass Cultural Council believes that the work of individual artists is essential to a thriving society. We are excited to announce the launch of the 2021 grant cycle of the Artist Fellowships to support Massachusetts artists and the excellence of their creative work.
The Artist Fellowships are unrestricted, anonymously-judged awards, with grant decisions based solely on the artistic quality and creative ability of the original work submitted*. This year, we will award Artist Fellowships of $15,000 and Finalist awards of $1,500.
Currently, we welcome Artist Fellowships applications in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, Film & Video, Music Composition, Photography, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres. The deadline for applying in these categories is Monday, February 8, 2021.
There are 12 Artist Fellowships categories in total, with six categories accepted each year. Next year (FY22), we will welcome applications in Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, Painting, Poetry, and Traditional Arts.
Who should apply for an Artist Fellowship? We welcome applications from Massachusetts artists who create original work and meet the eligibility requirements. Read our Discipline Definitions and our tips on applying for an Artist Fellowship.
Attend an Office Hours virtual event on Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 10 AM.
Trailer for “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart” by Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry (Film & Video Fellows ’19, ’07).
Read full program guidelines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions.
Images and media: Lucy Kim (Sculpture/Installation/New Genres Fellow 19), detail of STEPHEN MARINO, FITNESS TRAINER 2 (2016), oil, paint, acrylic paint, resin, epoxy, fiberglass, 92x60x3 in, Photo Credit: Tony Luong; Nora Valdez (Crafts Fellow ’17), LONG PATH (2013), limestone, marble, 12x52x7 in; trailer for SIGHTED EYES/FEELING HEART, a film by Tracy Heather Strain and Randall MacLowry (Film & Video Fellows ’19, ’07); Andrew Mroczek and Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo (Photography Fellows ’19), PADRE PATRIA/Fatherland (2015), installation view.
* Please note one exception: in the Traditional Arts category, the review is not anonymous and there is additional review criteria.
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