Individual Artist Fellowship Program

March 1 Deadline

Cash awards are made to individual artists in the visual arts based on merit of work, career achievement, career potential and service to the state. This component provides awards to recognize artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity and contributes to the further development of the artist and the advancement of his or her professional career. Applicants are encouraged to be as specific as possible about the proposed use of Fellowship funds in order to illustrate the seriousness of their professional intent. Fellowships are competitive. Quality of work and professionalism as determined by samples of work and narrative are particularly important. Provide samples of the highest quality work completed within the last five years.

Applicants must submit their application electronically through the eGRANT system and then physically mail in a disc with ten samples of work and supporting materials. Samples of work, certification page and supporting materials must be received in the ASCA office within three days of the online application deadline.

Eligibility: Fellowship applicants must be legal residents of Alabama for a minimum of two years prior to the application deadline, and are expected to maintain residency during the grant award year (Oct. 1-Sept. 30). Artists who have previously been awarded a Fellowship are eligible to apply for a second Fellowship six years after their first Fellowship. After an artist has received two Fellowships, they are no longer eligible to apply.

Types of Fellowships: Each year, up to two fellowships are awarded in each of four categories; Visual Art, Craft, Media/Photography and Design

Visual Arts includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, book arts, and experimental and conceptual approaches.

Craft includes work made using clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, wood, or mixed media.

Media Arts and Photography includes film, audio and sound installations, video, experimental technology and work created using computers or other digital technology as the primary expressive vehicle.

Design includes architecture, fashion design, graphic design, industrial design, landscape architecture and urban design. 

Supplemental Materials: After submitting a Fellowship application through the eGrant system, you must physically mail in a CD or thumb drive with ten samples of work, which must be received within 3 days of the grant deadline. You must also include a signed certification page, which will be generated through the eGrant system upon application submission. You may also include an artist statement/explanation of process not to exceed one page in length. Ten samples of work that have been completed in the past five years should be submitted and conform to the following specifications: All images of work should be saved in JPEG format and should measure between 2,000 and 3,000 pixels on the longest side. An inventory form should be completed and uploaded into eGrant before the application is submitted. This form is located in the eGrant system and should give a detailed listing of each sample of work provided and include details such as Title, Date completed, Dimensions, and Medium. Any other specific details about materials and processes that will help the review committee understand your work can be included on the inventory sheet. When surface is an important concern, a detailed view should be among the ten images submitted. Video samples should be submitted on a DVD or thumb drive and include between 10-30 minutes of content. Label the CD or DVD with artist's name and fellowship discipline. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope if you want your submission materials returned.