The Individual Artist Fellowship program annually awards to up to 18 creatives in six categories of grants that recognize their accomplishments as mid- and advanced-career creatives. The program traditionally had three categories but expanded in 2021, thanks to funding from the Windgate Foundation.
Fellowship grants are $5,000 each and are unconditional grants that require no matching funds and are made directly to individual creatives. The grants recognize creatives who live and work in Arkansas and who make an impact through their creative works.
The grant does not fund a specific project but allows creatives the opportunity to devote more time and energy to creating and mastering their creative craft.
An independent panel of creatives will select recipients. Selected creatives will be recognized during a special reception and celebration in Fall 2023. All work submitted as part of the Fellowship grant program must have been created within the past five years.
Click below to learn how to create a PDF to help in the application process
You are eligible for this grant if:
You are not eligible if:
Applications are accepted through our grant portal. Although each category is different, generally, each application requires a portfolio uploaded in a pdf or doc format through our grant portal platform.
All application material is submitted anonymously. Please do not include names on files, images, etc.
What you need:
1. An anonymous portfolio of your work that includes a narrative statement or narrative video.
2. A photo of yourself and a three-sentence bio that the Arts Council can use to promote you, if you are selected.
The portfolio must include a narrative statement (up to 3,000 words) that answers the questions:
Video or audio recordings can be used instead of the narrative statement. Creatives may record themselves on their smartphones, then use that instead of writing a narrative. Editing is not required, but it is recommended the creative review the video before uploading it. Videos submitted instead of a written statement still must answer the narrative statement questions.
Video or audio should be mp4 or mp3 formats, respectively.
To submit video/audio, please upload the video (up to 5 minutes) on free platforms, such as YouTube or Google Drive, and copy and paste the link through the share function. Add the link to the video into your portfolio.Click these links to learn more about uploading videos, sizing photos and saving pdf documents
This category showcases creatives who create work that is experienced through more than one sense: sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell. A growing trend nationwide, multisensory artwork combines at least two senses and creates new, immersive and dynamic
ways to experience art. Examples include light art combined with digital art; touchable artwork with artistic meaning; highly designed and presented food art; infinity rooms; “Whispering table” and audience engagement or participation. Applications
for this year’s Fellowship awards in this category must include a tactile (touch) component.
For this category, we recommend creatives include links to videos that better showcase the textile/visual nature of their works.
This category uses art to create community dialog or engage residents with art and each other. The art is a mechanism to inspire, invoke and evoke dialog, inspire change or understanding, educate and bring unity to communities. The work should address something the community cares about, create dialog and/or activities toward solutions, and establish or embolden relationships that improve the community’s quality of life, inclusion, place identity and/or preservation. Examples of community engagement art include murals and public artworks where the piece or process inspired change or raised quality-of-life standards or where theater/plays were performed using original scripts produced in public collaboration that created community dialog and conversation. Creatives involved in multiple community engagement works are welcome to apply and showcase the breadth of their endeavors.
This category focuses on nonfunctional crafts created by using traditional and/or historical methods or materials and using modern and contemporary aesthetics or concepts. The creations should be “art of today” in the truest sense in that the work today with Arkansas heritage and past through the mechanism and lens of traditional arts and crafts. Contemporary craft does not have to be functional, but it traces its history back to traditions rooted in functionality. Traditional crafts, such as quilting, is then used to create a contemporary work emblematic of what Arkansans experience today. Examples of contemporary craft include creating quilts made from scraps from evicted renters; exploring the intersection of arts and place through crochet; and using metalworking molds to create larger-than-life portraits of modern Arkansans.
This category seeks to recognize the original written and performed work of Arkansas comedians and comics. The work must be fully conceived, written and performed by an individual. Judges will be looking for funny.
This category seeks to recognize the traditional, experimental, experiential or expressive nature of painting on canvas through oil or acrylic works on canvas. Artwork must be original to the artist. This category is open to all methods and perspectives, such as realism, abstraction, cubism, expressionism, etc.
Applicants are encouraged to submit links to any news stories showing the history of or features of their works, such as news stories. All submissions must black out the applicant’s name.
In this category, the Arkansas Arts Council seeks to find theatre monologues expressed in new, inventive and unique ways. Monologues from all categories, from comic to soliloquy, are accepted. The category seeks the best writing that creates feeling, context, character, clarity and audience response.
Applicants are encouraged, but not required, to submit links or embed into the portfolio any news stories or supplemental material showing where they are in their career journey. Please black out the applicant’s name in the submissions.