DETROIT — Beginning today, Metro Detroit artists are invited to apply for a 2021 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by Kresge Arts in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies.
Now in its 13th year, Kresge Arts in Detroit will award 20 fellowships — 10 in Literary Arts and 10 in Visual Arts — to artists of all career stages living and working in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties. Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 no-strings-attached awards, plus professional development support and the creation of a short film highlighting the artist’s work. Kresge Artist Fellowships are awarded to both emerging and established artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work.
In addition, 10 Gilda Awards, $5,000 no strings attached prizes solely for emerging artists, will also be awarded in Literary Arts and 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, and who taught painting at CCS for more than 30 years. Gilda Awards are chosen from the pool of Kresge Artist Fellows applicants. There is no separate application for the Gilda Awards.
Artists working in the following disciplines are eligible to apply:
Arts Criticism, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels, Playwriting, Poetry, Spoken Word, Zines, Interdisciplinary Work
Book Art, Ceramics, Collage, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Installation, Metalwork, New Media, Painting, Photography, Performance Art, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Art, Interdisciplinary Work
An informational video pertaining to the application is available on the Kresge Arts in Detroit website. While not
required, applicants are encouraged to view the video, which is designed to support artists in creating their most
authentic and compelling application for a Kresge Artist Fellowship. Additionally, Kresge Arts in Detroit staff will
hold an online question and answer session in January.
Application Informational Session
Available now is an online instructional video to be featured on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. called Application Questions and Answers.
Since 2008, Kresge Arts in Detroit has awarded more than $6 million through 12 Kresge Eminent Artist Awards, $50,000 each; 218 Kresge Artist fellowships, $25,000 each; and 22 Gilda Awards, $5,000 each.
In each category, fellows and Gilda Award recipients are selected by independent panels of distinguished local and national artists and arts professionals. New panels are convened each year, bringing fresh perspectives to the review process. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply.
The online Fellowship application, guidelines, and additional resources are available now at kresgeartsindetroit.org. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Direct questions about application requirements to Kresge Arts in Detroit: [email protected]. The Kresge Arts in Detroit office is currently operating remotely, so email is the best way for applicants to contact us at this time.