Wyoming Arts Council

Visual Arts Fellowships


2017 Visual Arts Fellowship jurors (left to right) Adam Gildar, Mindy Besaw, and Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson stand with honorable mention recipient Bart Fetz, and fellowship recipients Florence Alfano McEwin, and Bailey Russel.

Visual Arts Fellowships

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.

The 2017 Visual Arts Fellowship recipients were announced by the Wyoming Arts Council in April at a reception at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper.

The recipients of the 2017 Fellowships are:

Honorable mentions were awarded to Bart Fetz (Green River) and Jenny Dowd (Alpine).

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.



  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application.
  • Must not be a full-time student pursuing high school, college, or university art-related degrees.
  • 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 have been domiciled within the state borders for a total of 20 months in the previous two years.
  • 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 Visual Arts fellowship within the last four years.
  • May receive a total of two fellowship awards in your lifetime.
  • You may enter the competition only once by the deadline.

If you Receive an Award

  • You’ll receive $3,000 up front
  • Fellowship recipients agree to participate in the Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Exhibition, and are included in the catalog produced.
  • You’ll sign a contract that verifies you’re eligible to receive this award.
  • You’ll need to supply a resume and a photograph for publicity.
  • You will retain all rights to this work and the work you produce during the grant period.
  • You must fill out a final report form, due June 30, 2017, which asks questions about how this award helped you and what you accomplished during the year you received it.

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted through CaFE (callforentry.org).
  • Artists working in any visual media are invited to apply, including: experimental (conceptual/new media), graphic (printmaking/book arts), painting, sculpture, installation, photography (includes experimental, color, black & white, photocopy and computer), clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, wood, mixed media, film or video.
  • Artists may submit up to ten work samples, of which up to two may be “detail” images, if appropriate.
  • Film/video applicants may submit up to 4 samples, and have the option to submit stills.
  • Applicants may be asked to submit an artist’s statement or résumé.
  • Please ensure your name does not appear anywhere on the application or work samples, except where specifically requested, to preserve the anonymous nature of the judging.

The deadline to apply has passed. Please check back in the spring for the 2018 deadline.

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: Rachel Clifton