Wyoming Arts Council

Visual Arts Fellowships

2016 Visual Arts Fellowships

The fellowships were announced at CLICK! A Weekend for Visual Artists in Cody April 10-11 for the fiscal year of 2016. They will be awarded in June or July, 2015. The 2016 and 2015 fellowships were close together in order to change the reporting schedule for fellowships to better align with state and federal reporting processes.

The recipients are:

Honorable mentions were awarded to Wendy Bredehoft, Margaret Haydon and Doug Russell of Laramie, and Tawni Schuler of Sheridan.

Past winners and about Biennial Fellowship exhibitions.

For more information about the Visual Arts Fellowship program, contact Rachel Clifton at (307) 777-5305 or at Rachel.clifton@wyo.gov .

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, curators and others in visual arts 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.


  • 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 2016

Pedro Vélez

Pedro Vélez (b. Puerto Rico 1971) obtained his M.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999) and his B.A. in Communications at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico (1995). Recent exhibitions include The Whitney Biennial 2014;  A Study in Midwestern Appropriation, curated by Michelle Grabner, at the Hyde Park Art Center Chicago; Contemporary Passions: American, European, and Latin American Art from the Serapión and Belk Collection, Museo de Arte de Ponce, PR. Recent solo exhibitions include #DrunkDictators at Monique Meloche, Chicago; Morally Reprehensible at 101/Exhibit, LA; No Regrets at Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas; Protest Signs at Obra Alegría, San Juan, PR. Vélez has also been included in group exhibitions at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in NYC, Magnan Metz in NYC, Locust Projects in Miami, The Soap Factory in Minneapolis, and El Museo del Barrio in NYC. His work as an artist and writer has been discussed in the New York Times, Artforum, Chicago Tribune, Artspace, LA Times, ABC News, The New Inquiry, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Artlies and The Miami Herald among many other publications.

For 10 years Pedro Vélez maintained a regular column about the art scenes in San Juan and the Midwest for Artnet Magazine and his writing has been published in Newcity, New Art Examiner and Arte al Día. He was also the controversial editor of the blog El Box Score in San Juan.

Pedro Vélez’s work adopts a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating painting, photography and art journalism to create an artistic visual essay, or cryptic riddle, of simultaneously optimistic and fatalistic dynamics amid stream-of-consciousness.

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson

BONNIE LAING-MALCOLMSON is The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum. She is responsible for the Museum’s distinguished collection of Northwest art from the late 19th century to today. Her duties include research, documentation, and collection development and presenting exhibitions based upon the collection and work by artists living in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. She curates the APEX series, mounting three one person exhibitions by contemporary Northwest artists annually and curates the biennial Contemporary Northwest Art Awards exhibition.

She was president of Oregon College of Art & Craft (OCAC) from 2000 to 2010. OCAC offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Crafts, a Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft and Design with the Pacific Northwest College of Art, several certificate programs, and continuing education programs for adults and children. During her tenure the college became regionally accredited, successfully completed a $14.6 million capital and endowment campaign and a major building expansion project; degree program enrollment doubled and a Master of Fine Arts degree was added.

Ms. Laing-Malcolmson served from 1994-2000 as executive director of Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art in Great Falls, Montana. There she planned and managed a $570,000 annual operating budget and successfully completed a $1.5 million capital and endowment campaign. She supervised a major construction project to preserve and renovate the museum’s 1896 Historic Landmark Building.

She also was director of academic affairs and admission at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon; responsible for the administration of academic affairs; working with a 35-member faculty, a B.F.A. degree student population of 250 FTE, and approximately 2,000 extension program students annually.

Ms. Laing-Malcolmson was born in Seattle and has a BFA in Painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and an MFA in Painting from Montana State University. She has taught studio courses and art history in the Montana State University system and at art schools in Portland, and has exhibited her own art work in the west and abroad.

Grant Information

Deadline: Varies
Amount: $3000
Contact: Clifton, Rachel