The Individual Artists Fellowship (IAF) program is one of the Greater Columbus Arts Council's premier endeavors. It may not have the high visibility of the annual Columbus Arts Festival (how can you top those crowds on the riverfront?) nor the impressive budget figures of the grant programs for organizations. But, by recognizing how much working artists add to our community, it plays an equally significant role in GCAC's efforts to support cultural development in Columbus and Franklin County.
Since 1986, when the program began, fellowships have gone to artists with clearly established reputations and ones who were just starting their careers; to long-time residents and relative newcomers; to those creating with new technologies and with traditional art forms. That diversity across the fellowship disciplines (which have included visual arts, literature, music, dance/movement, and film/video) reflects the range of artists who work here, and a commitment to inclusiveness that characterizes the program as a whole.
The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes outstanding artists in Franklin County by awarding fellowships in varied artistic disciplines. Awards are offered in visual arts (2D, 3D, photography, and crafts) each year and in creative writing (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) every two years. Categories for other years have included playwriting, music composition, choreography / movement arts, and film/video. On this web site, you can find out more about the fellowship program and explore the roster of artists who have received fellowships.
How to Apply
Since 1986, over 130 fellowships have been granted. The next deadline for Visual Arts is October 10, 2008. Fellowships of $5,000 are awarded in alternating categories. Visual arts fellowships (two-dimensional, three-dimensional, photography and crafts) are offered annually, and the discipline of creative writing is recognized every two years. Artists must apply through GO ARTS, our online application system. To apply, click here. Applicants must be Franklin County residents. Artists enrolled in (and works completed as part of) a degree-granting program are not eligible. Fellowships are made possible through generous support from the City of Columbus, and from Annie's Fund for the Creative Arts.