Arts Council

Visual Arts Fellowship

2015 Visual Arts Fellowships applications will be available August 10, 2014 on CaFE. Deadline: October 10, 2014.

Fellowships will be awarded by November 7, 2014.

Changes to the Visual Arts Fellowships Timing

The Wyoming Arts Council has decided to realign all the fellowships with the fiscal years in order to simplify payment and reporting processes. Therefore, all fellowships will now be awarded in late summer or early fall. The accelerated schedule for the 2015 fellowships is designed to get us into our new schedule. In the future, fellowships may be announced at the CLICK! conference in the spring, but will be awarded after July 1.

What is a Visual Arts Fellowship?

Visual Arts fellowships are awards of merit, based on the artist’s portfolio, honoring the work of Wyoming visual artists whose work reflects serious and exceptional investigation. Artists working in any media, including film and video, may apply. Applications are juried by noted artists and curators from outside the state. Up to three fellowships may be given each year, and jurors may also select honorable mentions.

Recipients of the visual arts fellowships exhibit their work in the Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Exhibit, held every two years at a major visual arts institution in state. The exhibit is curated by one of the jurors, who serves on the panel for two years. See the Biennial Fellowship Exhibition page for a list of past recipients.

Eligibility

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have been domiciled within the state borders for a total of 20 months in the previous two years
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have legal resident status (evidence of U.S. citizenship, resident status and state residency may be required).
  • Must register with the Artist Image Registry
  • May not be affiliated with the Wyoming Arts Council either as a board member or staff member, including their families, whether full-time, part-time or contractual.
  • May not be an employee of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources.
  • Must remain a Wyoming resident for at least one year after award, living in the state for at least 10 months of the year
  • Must not have received a fellowship within the last four years
  • May receive a total of two fellowship awards in their lifetime

If you Receive an Award

An agreement will be sent to you. You will receive $2100 up front after you submit your agreement, and the remainder will be paid with the Final Report is complete. Access your Final Report. To complete the final report, you will need a log-in and password. Please contact WAC staff for information. An email is sent automatically to you with this information once it has been set-up, and an email will be sent with the Final Report is available.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through CaFE, an online platform which is free to artists. The call is named Wyoming Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowships, and usually comes up at the end of the calls list. You can search by name. Artists may prepare for the application at any time during the year by setting up a profile and adding images/video clips to your profile. These images can be added to your application when the time comes. CaFE has very specific guidelines for images, and stringent size limitations for video/film, so WAC recommends giving yourself plenty of time to get your application submitted. CaFE provides extensive online help in the form of FAQs and will also respond to emails.

Applicants may submit up to ten images, of which up to 2 may be “detail” images. Film/video applicants may submit up to 6 clips, and may also include stills. Applicants are also requested to provide an artists statement and a resume.

Jurors for 2015

Marjorie Vecchio, Reno NV

Marjorie Vecchio, PhD is an independent curator and from 2006-2012 was the Director of Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, University of Nevada, Reno. Since 1999, she has curated over 40 exhibitions, worked with over 250 artists, published 20 scholars, philosophers, writers and poets in 25 catalogues, and has written over 20 catalogue essays. In 2009 she won the inaugural Scholar-in-Residency at Columbus State University, Georgia to work for a semester on her forthcoming book, The Films of Claire Denis: Intimacy on the Border (Summer 2013, IB Tauris: London). Before becoming a curator, Vecchio was a photographic installation artist. She exhibited throughout America, as well as in Germany, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands. She won numerous awards for her work, was a studio assistant to Polly Apfelbaum, and taught photography and philosophy for numerous years in Chicago and Austria. She has degrees from Mount Holyoke College (BA), The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA), Bard College (MFA), and European Graduate School (PhD, Magna Cum Laude). Vecchio will serve as curator for the Wyoming Arts Council’s 2015 Biennial Fellowship Exhibit at the UW Art Museum.

Perry Allen Price, Minneapolis MN

Perry Allen Price is director of education for the American Craft Council, where he is responsible for programming and outreach providing thought leadership and cultivating critical thinking on the field of contemporary craft. Prior to joining the ACC, he served as Curator of Exhibitions and Collections for Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies and Johns Hopkins University, and is a scholar of American craft, design, folk and traditional arts, and material culture.

Robert Crouch, Los Angeles CA

Robert Crouch is a Los Angeles based artist and curator who works across a wide range of media including photography, sound, installation, video, and sculpture. He has exhibited in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and London, and performed at venues including the Art Center College of Design, Human Resources, the Hammer Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Stone.

Crouch is the co-founding Director of VOLUME, a curatorial project that functions as a catalyst for interdisciplinary new media work through exhibitions, performances, events, lectures, and publications, and has worked with a wide range of artists including William Basinski, Nate Boyce, Richard Chartier, Loren Chasse, Tim Hecker, France Jobin, Kadet Kuhne, Lucky Dragons, Carsten Nicolai, Yann Novak, Steve Roden, and Christopher Willits. VOLUME has presented projects at venues including the Hammer Museum, the de Young Museum, the San Francisco Art Institute, and SF Camerawork.

Crouch is the former Associate Director/Curator at LACE, where he organized Resonant Forms, an electronic music festival exploring the relationship between sound, installation, and video, and curated exhibitions with artists Karen Lofgren, Sean Sullivan, and Margo Victor. In 2012 he organized Steve Roden: Shells, Bells, Steps and Silencesand Group Dynamics and Improper Light, a new project with Los Angeles artist Gina Osterloh. He is currently an Adjunct Curator at LACE.

2014 VISUAL ARTS FELLOWSHIPS

Winners of the WAC 2013 Visual Arts Fellowships were announced March 2, 2013 at the CLICK! conference. For those of you who missed the festivities, the winners are:

Honorable mentions were awarded to: Bailey RusselDiana Baumbach and Doug Russell, all of Laramie.

Congratulations to you all!

Past winners and Biennial Fellowship exhibitions.


Grant Information

Contact: Camellia El-Antably
Deadline: Varies
Amount: $3000