Fellowships recognize the outstanding work of Idaho artists and writers. They reward the pursuit of artistic excellence, promote public awareness of the arts, and help advance an artist’s career. The program is decidedly competitive and Fellowships are awarded to applicants deemed to have exhibited the highest artistic merit.
- Disciplines rotate on a three year cycle.
- Visual Arts – 2014
- Performing Arts – 2015
- Literature – 2016
The Commission anticipates that each Fellowship will be $5,000 and available mid-August. At the discretion of the panelists, Honorable Mentions may be awarded. Awards are intended to contribute to the recipient’s professional artistic growth and development. Funds are unrestricted and no match is required.
- Applicants must meet the general eligibility criteria for individuals.
- Fellowship recipients must skip one round in their discipline before reapplying;
- Artists may receive a maximum of three Fellowship awards in their lifetime;
- Writer in Residence may receive a Fellowship prior to becoming Writer in Residence, but after that he or she is ineligible for a literature Fellowship.
Writers may apply for both Writer in Residence and a Fellowship on one application. If selected for both, the writer may choose between the two. Before applying, review eligibility criteria for both awards and check the appropriate spaces on the application form.
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants are anonymous during the review process. Fellowship applicants should be certain their names do not appear in the work samples. Application should be in 12-point font or neatly handwritten. Since copies will be duplicated, please do not use staples. Include the application with the checklist, all required materials, and comply with the postmark deadline.
Artistic Excellence (85 points)
- Work shows originality, innovation, distinguished consistency, and preeminent quality.
- Work of a folk or traditional artist shows a high quality of execution.
Professional Achievement (15 points)
- Evidence of exceptional, continued aesthetic investigation in his or her chosen medium, professional activities, honors, and accomplishments as presented in the résumé or bio and artist statement.
- The folk or traditional artist has demonstrated a commitment to his or her cultural community’s artistic and cultural traditions through continued practice or teaching.
Visual Arts – January 31, 2014
Performing Arts – January 31, 2015
Literature – January 31, 2016
The panel meeting takes place in April.
Final reports must be submitted upon completion of the project or by July 31, annually. See more info on final reports.