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

Greater Columbus Arts Council and Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus Choral Composition Fellowship Program


Zebulon Highben was named 2018 Choral Composition Fellow

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.

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 is making art primarily within the city of Columbus.

With the exception of MFA, MM and DMA graduate students at a Greater Columbus institution, those enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program 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. The difficulty of the work should be appropriate for an advanced community choir and since it will be performed in December, it should be appropriate for a seasonal concert. Works dated prior to 2015 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.

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 2018 Choral Composition Fellowship Guide




Lauren Wilkens named 2017 Playwright Fellow

Application process for 2018 Fellowship opens soon. Deadline: December 31, 2018

The Greater Columbus Arts Council (Arts Council) and CATCO encourage and support artistic development in the Franklin County area. In this capacity, the Arts Council and CATCO have partnered to present the 2018 Playwright Fellowship program as part of the Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowships.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 in 2019.APPLICATIONS OPEN SOON> Check back for more details

Visual Arts


The Columbus Museum of Art and Greater Columbus Arts Council 2018 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. 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 $5,000 fellowship award and the opportunity to participate in the subsequent Greater Columbus exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art.


2018 Visual Arts Fellows selected are Daric Gill, Cameron Granger, Jared Thorne and Ryland Wharton

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2018 Visual Arts Fellowship Guidelines

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.


2019 Columbus Dances Fellowship 

DEADLINE: January 5, 2019.

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 in 2019 at Columbus Dance Theatre and each fellow will receive $2,000.  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.

Applicants will register by calling CDT at: (614) 849-0227, or email at:, by January 5th, 2019. The adjudication will occur at CDT on Sunday January 20th, 2018 beginning at 2:00 p.m. Choreographers should 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.

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The Film Fellowship program provides a collaborative award to a filmmaker(s) and screenwriter(s). The program has two (2) separate selection components Show Us Your Shorts and Show Us Your Screenplays – that culminates in a joint commission to collaboratively create a short film.


  • Show Us Your Shorts monthly submission deadline: The Wednesday before the first Saturday of each month through May 2019.
  • Show Us Your Screenplays submission deadline: March 31, 2019

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2019 Film Fellowship Guidelines