• NOTICE:

    Due to impending statewide budget reductions, the Virginia Commission for the Arts regretfully announces that the Artists Fellowship grant category has been eliminated in FY18.

  • Purpose

    To recognize the creative excellence of artists in Virginia and support their pursuit of artistic excellence.

  • Description

    A limited number of fellowships are available to professional artists to support activities that will advance the art form or the careers of these artists. Funding in this category is highly competitive. Specific disciplines will be eligible for support each year on a rotating basis, depending upon the amount of state and federal funding available to the Commission.


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  • Deadlines

    Early October.


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  • Eligibility

    • Artists who are legal residents of Virginia
    • Artists who plan to remain in Virginia resident during the grant period
    • A legal resident possessing a valid Virginia driver’s license and/or pays income taxes in Virginia and/or is a registered Virginia voter
    • Artists who are 18 years of age
    • Artists may receive only one fellowship from the Commission within any four-year period


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  • Amount of Assistance

    Four artists will be considered for fellowship awards of $3,000. Artists are not required to provide matching funds.


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  • Criteria

    A complete application must contain:

    • Completed application-Questions 1 thru 16-Signed Original
    • Resume or CV
    • Artist narrative (not to exceed 1 page)
    • Writing samples
    • A completed Virginia W9 Form- 1 copy
    • Signed application checklist- 1 copy


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  • Work Sample Attachments

    All fellowship applications require the submission of work sample that best demonstrate the artistic merit of the applicant.

  • Application Review/Payment Procedure

    1. Artists submit complete application forms by the October deadline.
    2. Applications are reviewed by an advisory panel of professionals in the appropriate discipline. The panels make their recommendations after group discussion.
    3. The board of the Commission makes the final decision on all applications.
    4. Payment to the artist will be made by January 15 per the 1099MISC Instructions (p.2 Scholarships) Artist Fellowships are not tax reportable.

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  • Application