BY BTL STAFF
Metro Detroit artists are invited to apply for a 2017 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 ninth year, the program will award 18 fellowships – nine in Literary Arts and nine in Visual Arts – to artists living and working in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. Kresge Artist Fellowships are no-strings-attached $25,000 prizes given to both emerging and established artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work.
Fellowships also include a professional practice program, designed and delivered by Creative Many Michigan, which includes individual advising, a retreat experience, group workshops, networking events, validation and legal services. Since 2009, the professional practice program has brought over 148 esteemed national and international arts professionals to Detroit to work with fellows and the wider creative community.
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 were piloted in 2015 and 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.
“We began the fellows program with the goal of advancing the careers of artists living in Kresge’s hometown and to shine a light on the creativity that resides here,” says Kresge Detroit Program Senior Officer George Jacobsen. “Year after year we’re awe-struck by both the selected fellows’ depth of artistry and the evolving careers and achievements of past-years’ fellows.”
The online application deadline is Jan. 19. Visit tinyurl.com/KAF17 for an FAQ document about the program and additional media elements, including an animated video created by 2016 Gilda Award recipient Ellen Coons.