Daily: If you are an artist in NC…

If you are an visual artist in North Carolina, you really have no excuse. You must apply for the NC Arts Council’s Visual Art Fellowship. Despite major cuts to arts funding nationally, the NC Arts Council has maintained their Art Fellowships. The program operates on a two-year cycle howevere, meaning that visual and craft artists (along with film/video artists and choreographers) are eligible to apply THIS NOVEMBER for the 2018-2019 grant year (and would not be eligible to apply again until November 2019 for the 2020-2021 grant year).


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or holder of permanent resident alien status
  • You must have been a year-round resident of North Carolina for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline
  • You must remain a North Carolina resident during the grant period and be physically present in the state for the majority of the grant period
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled at the time of application and will not be enrolled during the grant period in an academic or degree-granting program.
  • For the purpose of this grant, visual artist is defined as artists working in experimental forms, graphic arts, installation, mixed media, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture, as well as visually based performance artists. Artists may apply in only one fellowship category per year.
  • Craft Artists include those who work in basketry, ceramics, enamel, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, textiles, or wood. Artists who self-identify as craft artists may apply in this category. Artists working in media associated with craft may apply in the visual arts category. Artists may apply in only one fellowship category per year.
  • Film/Video Artists must have completed at least one film, which should be documented on their résumé. Artists working experimentally with media (e.g., in installations or other non-traditional presentation formats) may apply in the visual arts category. Again, artists may apply in only one fellowship category per year.
  • What the North Carolina Arts Council will fund:
    • Fellowships in the amount of $10,000 support the creative development of N.C. artists and the creation of new work.
    • Fellowship funds may be used to Set aside time to work; pursue projects that further artistic development and support the realization of specific creative ideas; buy supplies and equipment; fund expenses related to the aforementioned activities listed above such as costs related to studio construction or improvements.
    • Fellowship funds may not be used to support academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.

Find the full guidelines here, the application here, and more info about the NC Arts Council here.


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