Fellowships, Residencies & Awards
The Greater Columbus Arts Council (the Arts Council) established the GCAC/City of Columbus Grants Program in 1973 to offer financial support to the city’s artists and nonprofit arts organizations. Since 1978, a portion of city revenues from the hotel/motel tax has been designated for support of the Arts Community. In addition to the grants programs, the Arts Council provides several artist fellowship, residency and award opportunities.
Scroll down to learn more about individual Fellowships, Residencies & Awards.
Read more about the Greater Columbus Arts Council here.
Neighborhood Arts Connection Fellowship
PURPOSE: Celebrate and engage a specific neighborhood each year by inviting resident artists to create participatory arts experiences for the selected neighborhood. This fellowship is supported in part by Crane Group.
Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Artist Fellowship
PURPOSE: Celebrate the legacy of the late Columbus-based artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson and recognize the exemplary work of a local African- American visual artist. This fellowship is in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art.
Visual Arts Fellowship (only offered in odd numbered years)
PURPOSE: Recognize outstanding local visual artists every other year. This fellowship is in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art.
Fellowship returns year 2023
Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Artist Residency
PURPOSE: Celebrate the legacy of the late Columbus-based artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson and provide an African-American visual artist a 90-day residency in the Columbus home of the late Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson. This opportunity is open to African American artists in the United States. This residency is in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art.
Artist Exchange Program: Dresden Residency
PURPOSE: Support a cultural exchange with one of Columbus’ sister cities by offering two Columbus artists the opportunity for a 90-day residency in Dresden, Germany and host two German artists for 90-day residency in Columbus. This award is an invitation-only application process.
Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Writing/Scholar/Researcher Residency
PURPOSE: Celebrate the legacy of the late Columbus artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson and provide an African American writer/scholar/researcher with a 90-day residency in the Columbus home and studio. This opportunity is open to African American artists in the United States. This residency is underwritten by the Columbus Museum of Art.
Artists Elevated Award
PURPOSE: Elevate the careers of Columbus-based artists by providing a more meaningful financial investment through an unrestricted $20,000 cash award. This award is an invitation-only application process.
Raymond J. Hanley Award
PURPOSE: Recognize a Columbus-based artist who has demonstrated a high level of achievement while working at least five years in any discipline, in honor of the late leader of the Arts Council. This award recipient is chosen each year by a rotating panel of arts and community members. There is no application process for this program.
More information on 2022 program to come