Individual Artist Fellowships

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 program, in partnership with arts nonprofit partners, provides 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, 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.


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), Choral Composition, Dance/Choreography, Literature and Playwright each year.

Choral Composition Fellowship

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 partner to present a Choral Composition Fellowship program as part of the Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowships.

Deadlines and more details to come


Deadline has passed (12/31/17)!


CATCO, in partnership with the Greater Columbus Arts Council (the Arts Council), is accepting submissions for the 2017 Playwright Fellowship program through Decemeber 30, 2017.

CATCO will award one $5,000 fellowship and commission a previously unproduced, full-length play by a local playwright. The recipient will be announced March 5, 2018, with a staged reading of the completed work to be produced June 24, 2018. To be eligible an applicant must be a Franklin County resident for at least one year.

Students enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program at the time of application or during the grant award period are not eligible to apply. In addition, musicals or adaptations of other written work will not be considered, and works submitted must have been created within the last three years.

Selection criteria will include originality, likelihood of future productions, clarity of voice and general interest in the subject matter. Interested artists are asked to submit a cover letter and the following:

-Breakdown of characters with brief descriptions
-Up to 10 pages of sample dialogue
-Brief synopsis (one or two paragraphs) of the play to be considered
-Cover page that provides the playwright’s name, address and contact information. (Plays will be considered without the playwright’s information attached to insure impartial selection.)

Collaborative works may be submitted, but only one award is possible. Collaborating playwrights must submit a joint cover letter and clearly indicate the names of the collaborative writers.

Submissions should be mailed to:
Joseph Bishara, CATCO Associate Producing Director and Playwright Fellowship Coordinator
77 S. High St., 2nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

If you have questions, please email

Visual Arts





The Columbus Museum of Art and Greater Columbus Arts Council
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.

Deadline and more details to come.





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.

Deadline and more details to come.


Columbus Dances Fellowship 

Application deadline: January 12, 2018

In partnership with Columbus Dance Theatre, this fellowship is designed for choreographers to create new, original work. Dances can be solo or group works.  5 Choreographers will be chosen by the panel to present at the annual Columbus Dances Fellowship concerts on March 31, 2018 at Columbus Dance Theatre.  Choreographers must reside in Franklin County and be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for consideration and not currently enrolled in a degree granting program.

Monetary and space grants will be awarded as part of the fellowships.


An open adjudication will be held with 3 adjudicators.  Adjudicators will be recognized leaders in the arts community.  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.

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 email at:

The adjudication will occur at CDT at 592 E Main St. on Sunday, February 5th 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.


The Columbus Dances Fellowship Concert will be held at CDT’s Fisher Theatre on March 30th @ 8pm; and March 31st @ 3 pm and 8 pm.  These performances are free to the public.  To make a reservation to attend this free concert please contact us at (614)849-0227 or through email at