Wyoming Arts Council

Visual Arts Fellowships

2017 Visual Arts Fellowships

The Wyoming Arts Council is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Visual Arts Fellowships. The fellowships will be announced at CLICK! A Weekend for Wyoming Visual Artists in Casper, April 7-9 for the fiscal year of 2017. They will be awarded in June or July, 2016. 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 of the 2016 Fellowships 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).
  • 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 2017 Visual Arts Fellowships. You can search by name or by state. 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 artist’s statement and a resume.

The deadline to apply is March 21, 2016. The call will automatically close at midnight.

Jurors for 2017

Mindy Besaw, Curator at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Adam Gildar, Owner of Gildar Gallery, Denver

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum

Grant Information

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