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Graphic promoting the 2019 Kresge Artist Fellowship application cycle. Features Dunya Mikhail.

Metro Detroit Artists Working in Literary Arts and Visual Arts Invited to Apply for $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowships and $5,000 Gilda Awards

Kresge Arts in Detroit will award 18 fellowships—nine in Literary Arts and nine in Visual Arts—to artists living and working in metro Detroit (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties).

Kresge Artist Fellowships are no-strings-attached $25,000 awards. Fellowships also include a professional practice program, designed and delivered by Creative Many Michigan, which includes workshops, seminars, and networking events. Artists at all career stages are invited to apply.

In addition, two Gilda Awards, $5,000 no-strings-attached prizes solely for emerging artists, will also be awarded—one in Literary Arts and one in Visual Arts.

Gilda Awards recognize artists who are early in their careers, are gaining momentum, and who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form. The awards are named in honor of Gilda Snowden (1954–2014), who was one of the 18 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.

In each category, fellows and Gilda Award recipients are selected by independent panels of distinguished local and national artists and arts professionals. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply. New panels are convened each year, bringing fresh perspectives to the review process.

Artists are strongly encouraged to attend the applicant workshops, which are designed to help artists submit competitive applications to Kresge Arts in Detroit as well as other sources of support for their creative careers.

Fellowship applications are only available and submitted online. The online application opens on Friday, November 30, 2018 and must be submitted before 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded ten Kresge Eminent Artist Awards ($50,000 each), 180 Kresge Artist Fellowships ($25,000 each), and ten Gilda Awards ($5,000 each) for a total of more than $5 million given directly to individual metro Detroit artists.

Key Dates

NOV 1, 2018
Guidelines available

NOV 30, 2018
Online application opens

JAN 17, 2019 11:59 PM EST
Application deadline