Individual Artist Fellowships

2017 Grant Guidelines

The 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

Choral Composition Fellowship

2017 Choral Composition Fellowship Program

Opens: April 1, 2017

Closes: October 1, 2017

 

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) and the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus (CGMC) encourage and support artistic development in the Franklin County area. In this capacity, the Arts Council and CGMC have partnered to present the 2017 Choral Composition Fellowship program as part of the Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowships. Established in 1986 to recognize outstanding local artists, Arts Council has awarded fellowships in painting, sculpture, photography, and crafts in its first year. Since then, over 210 awards, in a variety of disciplines, including visual arts, crafts, film and video, creative writing, music composition, and choreography/movement arts, have been made.
As part of this exciting partnership, CGMC will perform the selected work during their March 2018 Concert.

 

THE PROCESS

1. A cover letter and requested documents (See Submission section) are due to CGMC by Wed. October 1, 5:00p.m. Submissions must be submitted via email to: tim@columbusgaymenschorus.com
No late submissions will be accepted.
2. You will be sent an email confirming receipt of your application and next steps.
3. Panelists will be provided access to jury the applications down to the finalists. A closed panel will facilitate the selection of the recipients.
4. Recipients will be announced by December 15, 2017

 

ELIGIBILITY

The Choral Composition Fellowship Program provides an unrestricted grant to an artist of outstanding talent and ability who currently lives in the city of Columbus and/or Franklin County, or in the surrounding counties of Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, Pickaway and Madison County, and has done so for at least one (1) 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.

Work submitted must have been created within the last three (3) years. Work should be written for men’s chorus (TTBB), up to six-part divisi, accompanied with a keyboard accompaniment with optional additional instrumental accompaniment of composer’s choosing, no a cappella submissions. Works dated prior to 2014 will not be accepted.
Text must be secular in nature and can be in any language. Rights to text must be cleared and evidence of copyright holder’s permission should be included with the manuscript.
Past fellowship recipients are ineligible to apply for a period of three (3) years from the date of their award. For example, 2017 award recipients may not apply until 2021.
Composers may only submit one composition for the Fellowship Program.

 

SUBMISSION

Composers are asked to submit the following:
1. A completed cover page containing the composer’s name, address, and contact information (email and phone).
2. Manuscript of a work lasting three to five minutes; Manuscript should be printed on 8.5” x 11” paper. Larger paper sizes will not be accepted.
3. Copyright holder’s permission, if applicable.
4. If you wish your score to be returned, please include a SASE with sufficient postage.

 

COLLABORATIVE APPLICATIONS

Collaborative works may be submitted. Composers should submit a joint cover letter and clearly indicate the name(s) of the collaborative writers. Only one (1) award is possible for collaborative works, which must be shared equally by each composer.

 

THE JURYING PROCESS: REVIEW CRITERIA

The award will be recommended by a panel of experts in the field. Their decisions will be based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted for review. You are therefore encouraged to submit works that clearly convey the techniques and concepts you employ. Gender, race, age, financial need, education, professional affiliations, previous recognition, and occupation are NOT considerations for funding.

The panel will consider the following criteria for awards:
1. Originality
2. Likelihood of future productions
3. Clarity of voice
4. General interest in the subject matter

 

THE AWARD

One (1) fellowship of $5,000 will be awarded to an individual based on the quality of work previously created. This award includes the commission of a previously unproduced full-length score to be performed by CGMC during their March 2018 concert. No further publication is guaranteed but the selected score may be reviewed for possible publication.
The awards are intended to recognize outstanding local artists. Fellowships are intended to assist artists in any manner they deem fit to support the creation of new works and/or the advancement of their careers.
Award recipients should intend to remain in residence for the grant award period (May 1, 2017 – May 1, 2018)
2017 Choral Composition Fellowship finalists and recipients are invited to apply for the 2019 Artist Exchange program, a two to three month residency in Dresden, Germany.

 

QUESTIONS?

Dr. Timothy Sarsany, Artistic Director
Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus
Ph: 614.352.1887
Email: tim@columbusgaymenschorus.com
Keya Crenshaw, Grants & Services Coordinator, Artists
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ph: 614.221.8746
Email: kcrenshaw@gcac.org

Playwright

No current opportunities

 

Visual Arts

CMOA

 

 

 

The Columbus Museum of Art and Greater Columbus Arts Council
2017 Visual Arts Fellowship Program

The Greater Columbus Arts Council and The Columbus Museum of Art encourage and support creativity and cultural development in the Columbus area. Established in 1986, the Arts Council’s Fellowship Program has granted over 500 awards in a variety of disciplines, including visual arts, crafts, media arts, literary arts, music composition, and dance.

The Visual Arts Fellowship continues a partnership between the Arts Council and the Columbus Museum of Art that recognizes outstanding visual art practices within the community. A panel of distinguished arts professionals from outside the area select four artists to receive a $5000 fellowship award and the opportunity to participate in the subsequent Greater Columbus exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art. Three of the awards are given to artists applying under the categories of photography, 2-D, and 3-D visual art and craft. A fourth award, given in the name of Annie’s Fund, recognizes artists with limited formal training.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017

THE PROCESS
  1. A completed online application form including electronic image files is due in GoArts, the Arts Council’s online application system, by Friday, June 30th at 5:00p.m. Hard copies and/or slides will not be accepted. No late applications will be accepted.
  1. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application. This email will include your application number. You will need to print and sign the cover page and return it to the Arts Council, postmarked by Wednesday July 5th at 5pm.
  1. Jurors will be provided a secure link to the online applications for review. The recipients will be determined during a conference call.
  1. Recipients will be announced by July 24, 2017.

 

ELIGIBILITY

The Visual 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 (1) year. 

Your address will be verified.  Do not apply to the fellowship if you are not currently a resident of the city of Columbus and/or Franklin County, and have been so for at least one (1) 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. The grant award period runs from August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018.

The following categories will be considered for awards:

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

Applicant must choose a primary medium and may apply in one (1) category only. Although artists may be proficient in more than one (1) category, only one (1) application is accepted per artist.

Work submitted must have been created within the last three (3) years. Works dated prior to 2014 will not be accepted.

Past fellowship recipients are ineligible to apply for a period of three (3) years from the date of their award. 2017 award recipients may not apply until 2020.

 

IMAGES

The main support materials for the review are images of your work. With your application form, submit eight (8) electronic image files of at least six (6) different works.

Please size your images to the following dimensions using a photo imaging software such as Photoshop:

Dimensions: 1920 pixels horizontal /1920 pixels vertical

File Format: Baseline JPG (do not use progressive JPG format)

Compression: The image file size must be less than 1.8 MBs. To determine your file size, please view the properties of your image file size while it is closed and not in Photoshop. Larger is not necessarily better. Please consult a professional vendor to determine if compression for your artwork is needed. PLEASE DO NOT SAVE YOUR JPG AS A PROGRESSIVE JPG FILE. Progressive JPGs will be read by the web site. However, the format images that will be viewed by the jury will not display properly if the files are saved as progressive files.

Please size your image to be 1920 pixels on both edges. If your image is not square, please mask your image with black to bring your image to 1920×1920 pixels. No other size will be accepted for panel use. If your image is vertical, please format with black vertical bands on the left and right. If your image is horizontal, please format with black horizontal bands on the top and the bottom.

Please Note: The Arts Council will NOT assist in the resizing of your pictures.

When ordering the files from 1 to 8, arrange them in a sequence you prefer for your presentation. If you choose to present a detail, or more than one view of the work, your images should be ordered so that images of the same piece are projected simultaneously.  Panelists will view your images in the order you arrange four (4) images per row.

Your image files are the most important element of your application. Panelists are interested in the most concise and consistent presentation of your current work.  You should submit a succinct body of work for the panel to consider, rather than a broad range of styles and media.

For technical issues, contact Alison Barret (614.221.8406; abarret@gcac.org).

 

Video

Videotapes and video art are not accepted for this program.

 

COLLABORATIVE APPLICATIONS

Collaborative works may be submitted. Artists must submit separate application forms and clearly indicate the name(s) of the collaborative artists. Only one (1) award is possible for collaborative works, which must be shared equally by each artist.

 

THE JURYING PROCESS: REVIEW CRITERIA

Awards will be recommended by a panel of experts in the field of visual arts. Their decisions will be based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted for review. You are therefore encouraged to submit works that clearly convey the techniques and concepts you employ. The primary criterion is quality. Your gender, race, age, financial need, education, professional affiliations, previous recognition, and occupation DO NOT determine funding. The panel will consider:

The relationship of your work to activity in the field on a statewide, regional, and national basis.

     Creative and inventive use of the art form.

     Overall consistency in the body of the work you submit for review.

     Innovation in style and/or concept.

     Technical proficiency in the use of the medium/media.

     The quality of the electronic image files (e.g., out-of-focus or dark images are a liability).

The panel review process will be anonymous. Panel members will see your image files, image description, and artist statement identified by the application number assigned to them.  The application form itself will be unavailable to the panel. You are encouraged to complete the section called “Description of Work Presented”. Please avoid using this section to cite past artistic accomplishments.  This statement may be read by the panelists to clarify the focus or direction of your work, though staff retains the right to edit any statement if it contains, in their judgment, information that could possibly compromise the panelists’ objectivity.

 

THE AWARDS

Three (3) Arts Council fellowships of $5,000 will be awarded to individuals based on the quality of work submitted. The awards are intended to recognize outstanding local artists, and to assist them in any manner they deem fit to support the creation of new works and/or the advancement of their careers.

A fourth fellowship will be given in the name of Annie’s Fund, which states:

Annie’s Fund honors an artist specializing in the hand-crafted arts—those created by people with little or no formal training and without regard to the mainstream art world’s recognition or marketplace. This special award celebrates Miller’s commitment to this art form’s visionary quality and the recipient’s work is meant to embody this bold concept. 

Award recipients should intend to remain largely in residence within Columbus for the grant award period (August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018).

The Columbus Museum of Art will feature the 2017 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients and Artist Exchange participants in the annual Greater Columbus exhibition. The 2018 exhibition dates are May 18 to September 2, 2018.

2017 Visual Art Fellowship finalists and recipients are invited to apply for the 2018 Artist Exchange program, a two to three month residency in Dresden, Germany. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Alison Barret at 614.221.8406, or abarret@gcac.org.

Literary Arts

Thurber Prize for American Humor

The Thurber Prize for American Humor is the only recognition of the art of humor writing in the United States. A panel of national judges selects the three finalists from a selection of seven or eight semi-finalists.

Click here to download an application for the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor (PDF)

Click here to download the guidelines for the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor (PDF)

Books and e-books published January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 are eligible for the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 31, 2017.

Want to pay the entry fee with a credit card? Call 614-464-1032 x.11.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at Carolines Comedy Club in New York City on October 2, 2017. The winner of the Prize receives $5,000, a commemorative plaque, and is invited to Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio as a featured guest at a special event.

The judges for the 2017 Thurber Prize are:

Joe Blundo: Joe Blundo’s column, So To Speak, began appearing in the lifestyle section of The Columbus Dispatch in May 1997. It’s a mix of humor, human interest and information. In 2002, Joe won the National Society of Newspaper Columnists contest for humor writing in large newspapers. He has been at The Columbus Dispatch since 1978.

Julie Schumacher: Julie Schumacher’s first published story, “Reunion,” written to fulfill an undergraduate writing assignment (“tell a family tale”) was reprinted in The Best American Short Stories 1983. Subsequent stories were published in The Atlantic, MS, Minnesota Monthly, and Prize Stories: The O.Henry Awards 1990 and 1996. Julie is a faculty member in the Creative Writing Program and the Department of English at the University of Minnesota. She is the first female winner of the Thurber Prize for her book Dear Committee Members.

Ian Frazier: Ian Frazier is a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has been contributing to the magazine since 1974, when he published his first piece in The Talk of the Town. Since then, he has published numerous short stories and nonfiction, Shouts & Murmurs, and Talk of the Town pieces in the magazine. He is the author of eleven books, and a two-time winner of the Thurber Prize for his books Coyote v. Acme and Lamentations of the Father.

Click here for a list of past Thurber Prize winners and finalists.

Dance

Columbus Dances Fellowship 2017-2018

Fellowships will be awarded to 5 choreographers whose work will then be presented as an extension of Columbus Dance Theatre’s annual community dance concert, Columbus Dances.  With an interest in the fostering and creation of new work, participating choreographers will create new 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, on a weekend of open public performances.

An open adjudication will be held with 3 adjudicators.  Adjudicators will be recognized leaders in the arts community and will not be currently employed by CDT.  CDT Artistic Director Tim Veach will serve as an ex-officio member of the panel and will not cast a vote.  This panel will then make award determinations.

Choreographers will create new, original dances of 7-15 minutes in length in any style.  Dances can be solo or group works.  5 Choreographers will be chosen by the panel to participate in a weekend of concerts at Columbus Dance Theatre.  Choreographers must reside in Franklin County and be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for consideration.  Applicants will register for an adjudication time slot by calling CDT at:  614-849-0227 by January 12th of 2018 or by contacting CDT through our website at:  www.columbusdancetheatre.com.  The adjudication will occur at CDT on Sunday, February 2nd beginning at 3:00 p.m.  It is recommended that choreographers show at least 3 minutes of work in progress at the time of the adjudication.   Finished dances may be shown, but they must not have been previously produced in another venue.

5 Choreographers will each be awarded fellowships of $2000.  This is a comprehensive award.  Choreographers will determine the use of these funds at their discretion (dancer’s salaries, costumes, music, etc.)  Choreographers will be granted rehearsal space at CDT for the 6 week period prior to the presentation of Columbus Dances.

CDT will present these concerts free to the public.  A series of 3 performances will be given on  March 30th  and  31st of 2018 at CDT’s Fisher Theatre.