• NOTICE:

    Due to impending statewide budget reductions, the Virginia Commission for the Arts regretfully announces that we must eliminate the Artists Fellowship grant from the FY17 program offerings. We hope to offer the Artists Fellowship next year in the Poetry discipline. Thank You.

  • 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.  In 2016-2017 the discipline is Poetry.


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  • Deadlines

    October 3, 2016, by 5:00 p.m. This is not a postmark deadline.


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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.

    • Include a cover page with your name, address, contact information, and date of completion.
    • Ten pages of poems in standard font and size (such as Times New Roman, 12pt.). You may include multiple poems on one page, but the total pages of poems must not exceed ten.
    • Pages must be numbered. All manuscripts and application materials must be written in English. Manuscripts will not be returned.
    • Publication lists are optional and can be added as the last page of the manuscript.

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  • Application Review/Payment Procedure

    1. Artists submit complete application forms by the October 1, 2016 deadline (This is not a postmark deadline). The Commission cannot accept application materials via facsimile transmission or other electronic means, such as e-mail.
    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, 2017, Per the 1099MISC Instructions (p.2 Scholarships) Artist Fellowships are not tax reportable.

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  • Application

  • Due to impending statewide budget reductions, the Virginia Commission for the Arts regretfully announces that we must eliminate the Artists Fellowship grant from the FY17 program offerings. We hope to offer the Artists Fellowship next year in the Poetry discipline. Thank You.