Fellowships & Residencies

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 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 and residency opportunities.

Artist Exchange 

The Arts Council has partnered with the State of Saxony (Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen) in Germany to facilitate an annual artist exchange since 1994.  Columbus hosted three artists from Germany in 1994 and sent its first Columbus artists to Dresden the following year.

We are proud to celebrate this long-standing and continued international partnership!

Click HERE to learn more about the Columbus artists that have participated in this meaningful experience.


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

In 2020, GCAC will redesign its Fellowship programs to celebrate excellence and represent more disciplines.  More details to come in December 2019.