Individual Artist Fellowships

iafThe Greater Columbus Arts Council established the GCAC/City of Columbus Grants Program in 1973 to offer financial support to the city’s artists and arts organizations. Since 1978, a portion of city revenues from the hotel/motel tax has been designated for support of the Arts Community.

The Individual Artist Fellowship programs provide unrestricted grants to artists of outstanding talent and ability who currently live in the city of Columbus and/or Franklin County, and have done so for at least one year.

Since the Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship program was established in 1986 to recognize outstanding local artists, more than 210 awards in a variety of disciplines. Programs have included visual arts, crafts, film and video, creative writing, music composition and choreography/movement arts.

About

The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes outstanding artists in Franklin County by awarding fellowships in a variety of artistic disciplines. Awards are offered in Visual Arts (2D, 3D, photography, and crafts), Media Arts, Dance/Choreography, Literature and Playwright each year.

How to Apply

Playwright

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and CATCO is Theatre (CATCO) encourage and support artistic development in the Franklin County area. In this capacity, GCAC and CATCO have partnered to present the Playwright Fellowship program as part of the GCAC Individual Artists Fellowships.

The Playwright Fellowship program provides an unrestricted grant to a playwright of outstanding talent and ability who currently lives in the City of Columbus and/or Franklin County, and has done so for at least one year.

Students enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time of application, or during the grant award period, may not apply.

As part of this exciting partnership, CATCO will commission a previously unproduced, full length play from the recipient and will produce a staged reading of the completed work.

The 2014 deadline will be announced later this summer, please check back.

A cover letter and requested documents (See Submission section) are due to CATCO and should be mailed to the following:

 Lauren Yobbagy
CATCO is Theatre
77 S. High Street, 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
 

Playwrights are asked to submit the following

  • A completed cover page containing the playwright’s name, address, and contact information.
  • Breakdown of characters with brief descriptions
  • Up to ten (10) pages of sample dialogue
  • A brief synopsis (one or two paragraphs) of the play they would like to be considered

Work submitted must have been created within the last three (3) years.Musicals or adaptations of other written work will not be considered.

Click here for the current Individual Artists Fellowship Guidelines (Playwright). Guidelines are updated annually and available late summer.

Visit the Web site for information about previous fellowship recipients.

Visual Arts

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and The Columbus Museum of Art (CMA) encourage and support cultural development in the Columbus area. In this capacity, GCAC and CMA have partnered to present the Visual Arts Fellowship Program.

Students enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time of application, or during the grant award period, may not apply.

The following categories will be considered for the Visual Arts awards:

  • Crafts
  • Photography
  • 2-D Visual Arts (painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media)
  • 3-D Visual Arts (sculpture in any media or combination, and installations)

Past fellowship recipients are ineligible to apply for a period of three years from the date of their award.

As part of this exciting partnership, the Columbus Museum of Art will host an annual exhibition of the current Visual Arts Fellowship recipients and the Artist Exchange program participants.

The application will open in GoArts on May 1. The deadline for 2014 is June 27, 5 p.m. Recipients will be announced July 15, 2014.

Click here for the current Individual Artists Fellowship Guidelines (Visual Arts). Guidelines are updated annually and available late spring.

To receive updates and access the application after May 1, make sure to register in GOArts, GCAC’s online application system.

Visit the Web site for information about previous fellowship recipients.

Literary Arts

The Greater Columbus Arts Council is pleased to support the “Thurber Prize for Humor” through Thurber House. First presented in 1997, this nationally recognized prize brings recognition to both a local jewels in the literary community and supports the national reputation of both Thurber House and the Columbus Community. The prize is open to published authors.

For more information, please visit the Thurber Prize Web site.

Dance

Columbus Dance Theatre, in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council, will present the Columbus Dances Fellowships. The fellowship awards are designed to support local choreographers in their efforts to create new dance in the Columbus community. Fellowships will be awarded to five (5) choreographers whose work will be presented as an extension of Columbus Dance Theatre’s annual community dance concert, Columbus Dances. Monetary and space grants will be awarded as part of the fellowships.

Applicants must have an interest in developing new work and will create works using dancers from the greater Columbus community for fellowship consideration. Successful applicants will have their works produced by CDT in its home performance space, The Fisher Theatre during a weekend of performances free to the public.

Choreographers will submit new, original dances of 7-15 minutes in length in any style. An open adjudication will be held at Columbus Dance Theatre’s Fisher Theatre. The 2014 dates/time will be announced this Fall. The adjudication panel will be comprised of: local and regional dance artists. Five choreographers will be chosen by the panel to participate in a weekend of concerts at Columbus Dance Theatre, Columbus Dances. Choreographers must reside in Franklin County and be at least 18 years of age to submit work for adjudication. As part of the adjudication process:

  • Choreographers should show at least three (3) minutes or more of their proposed dance.
  • Dances must be duets or group work – no solo works.
  • Dances must be shown by the performers who will appear in the final presentation.

Awards: Five (5) Choreographers will each be awarded fellowships of $2,000. This is a comprehensive award. Choreographers will have the ability to determine the use of these funds (ie: dancer’s salaries, costumes, music, etc.)

Contact: Contact CDT at 614-849-0227 to schedule an adjudication time and request any further information.

Media Arts

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC) and The Columbus Film Council (CFC) encourage and support the work of film and video artists in the Columbus area. In this capacity, GCAC and CFC have partnered to present the Media Artist Fellowship Program.

The Media Arts Fellowship program provides unrestricted grants to artists of outstanding talent and ability who currently live in the City of Columbus and/or Franklin County, and have done so for at least one year.

Students enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program of any kind at the time of application, or during the grant period, may not apply.

The following categories will be considered for the Media Arts awards:

  • Video
  • Film
  • Time based digital images

Past fellowship recipients are ineligible to apply for a period of three years from the date of their award.

As part of this exciting partnership, the Columbus Film Council will screen work by the fellowship recipients at the Columbus International Film+Video Festival, the longest running film festival in the United States. The recipients will also receive their Fellowship Awards at the CIFVF’s Chris Awards Ceremony in November at the Canzani Center on the Columbus College of Art & Design Campus.

The application will open in GoArts on July 1. The deadline for 2014 is August 29, 2014 at 5:00p. Recipients will be announced in November at the CIFVF Awards Ceremony.

Click here for the current Individual Artists Fellowship Guidelines (Media Arts).  Guidelines are updated annually and available late spring.

To receive updates and access the application after July 1, make sure to register on GOArts, GCAC’s online application system.