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Artist Fellowships

Application Process

We are proud to support Massachusetts artists with Artist Fellowships. The Fellowships are direct grants to artists to recognize exceptional original work. We consider the work of individual artists to be an essential part of our vital communities, and we hope the awards will foster the creation of new art in the Commonwealth.

The Artist Fellowships are $15,000, and the Finalist awards are $1,500 (an increase from past cycles).

In our 2020 cycle, we welcome Artist Fellowships applications in the following categories:

Drawing & Printmaking, Poetry, and Traditional Arts
Online application available: August 15, 2019
Application deadline: October 7, 2019
Grants announced by February 2020

Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, and Painting
Online application available: December 15, 2019
Application deadline: January 27, 2020
Grants announced by June 2020

Artist Fellowships categories come up for review every other year. Next year (2021), we will welcome applications in Crafts, Dramatic Writing, and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, Film & Video, Music Composition, and Photography.

How to Apply

  1. Read the Program Guidelines (below) and Discipline Definitions.

  2. Contact us with any questions about the guidelines or to discuss which category suits your work best.


  3. Starting December 15, complete the online application for Choreography, Fiction/Creative Nonfiction, or Painting. Submit it by January 27, 2020 (11:59:59 ET).



Program Guidelines

Work Sample Instructions

Please make certain your work sample(s) follow our instructions. For tips on applying for an Artist Fellowship, please visit our blog, ArtSake.

Legal & Other Requirements

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