Wyoming Arts Council

Performing Arts Fellowships

PERFORMING ARTS FELLOWSHIPS

Performing Arts Fellowships are awards of merit that are given in honor of excellence in the artists’ field. They are juried by noted professionals in the field based on appropriate media samples and artist statements. The format of the 2017 fellowships is new with a total of 4 fellowships to be awarded. 2 fellowships will be given in the category or Music; applicants may apply either in Composition or in Performance, and 2 fellowships will be awarded in the category of Theatre and Dance; applicants may apply in either Creation or in Performance. Please see below for more information about the new category setup and submission guidelines. Artists may only apply in one category (Music or Theatre and Dance).

WHAT IS A PERFORMING ARTS FELLOWSHIP?

Performing Arts Fellowships are awards of merit that are given in honor of excellence in the artists’ field. They are juried by noted professionals in the field based on appropriate media samples and artist statements. The format of the 2017 fellowships is new with a total of 4 fellowships to be awarded. 2 fellowships will be given in the category or Music; applicants may apply either in Composition or in Performance, and 2 fellowships will be awarded in the category of Theatre and Dance; applicants may apply in either Creation or in Performance. Please see below for more information about the new category setup and submission guidelines. Artists may only apply in one category (Music or Theatre and Dance).

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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 Performing 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.
  • You may only enter the competition in one category (Music or Theatre and Dance).

WHAT IF YOU WIN AN AWARD?

  • You’ll receive $3,000 up front.
  • You’ll sign a contract that verifies you’re eligible to receive this award.
  • You’ll need to supply a bio and a photograph for publicity.
  • The Arts Council will work with you to find an appropriate venue or showcase to publicly share your work.
  • 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.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • All applicants must register or update their information on the WY Arts Council’s Artists & Venues Directory.
  • Jurying is done anonymously; application materials should not list your name.
  • All applications must be submitted online through Submittable.
  • All submissions must include:
    • If available, reviews of your work;
    • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae;
    • Artistic Statement;
    • A maximum of 5 work samples that best demonstrate the applicant’s work must submitted in the correct format. Documents, images, audio, and video files will be accepted, or a combination thereof.
      • Each work sample must include a written statement explaining your concept/choices/process for the works submitted as examples;
      • Those applying in either Composition or Creation must submit original work created within the past 5 years.
      • Performances may be original works or performances of other works (not original) that were performed within the past 5 years.
        • If performing in the work of another artist, you must credit the artist and indicate that permission has been granted.
      • Fellowships are awarded to an individual; however works samples of group performances will be accepted for demonstrative purposes as long as the individual applicant is clearly identified.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (Music)

Applicants may apply in either Composition or Performance. Solo, chamber, or orchestra/large ensemble works for any combination of instruments and/or voice (including electronic and electro-acoustic works), and including singer-songwriters, Native American, and world music will be considered.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (Theatre and Dance)

Applicants may apply in either Creation or Performance. Dance or choreography (any style or genre), theatre or musical theatre works, technical theatre (lighting, set, or costume design), storytelling, and directing will be considered.

Visit Our Submittable Page to apply. For more information, contact Rachel Clifton at (307) 777-5305 or at Rachel.clifton@wyo.gov.


Previous WAC Performing Arts Fellowship Recipients

1990 Beth McIntosh (musician); Lisa Morgan (choreographer); Ron Steger (scenic design); Eugene Zenzen (musician)

1991 Jewel Dirks (composer); Gary Smart (musician); Britton Theurer (musician); Patricia Tate (choreographer)

1992 Chris Kennedy (musician); Randy Milligan (actor); Margaret Stalder (choreographer); Lucy Woodman (composer)

1993 David Dundas (scenic designer); Pamela Glasser (musician); The Grizzlies (musicians); Terry Yazzolino (storyteller)

1994 Tom Empey (theatre director); Kevin S. Hart (musician); Larry Hazlett (light design); Ann Panalsek (choreographer)

1995 Rebecca Hilliker (theatre director); Gary Smart (composer); Theodore Lapina (musician)

1996 Janet Griffith (musician); Jewel Dirks (composer); Patrick Brien (theatre director)

2002 Music Composition: Dave Brinkman (composer), Laramie; Jeff Troxel (composer), Powell

2003 Theatre & Dance Performance: Bob Berky (theatrical clown/mime), Jackson; General McArthur Hambrick (dancer), Laramie

2004 Music Performance: Judd Grossman (singer/guitarist), Jackson; Scott Turpen (saxophonist), Laramie

2005 Theatre Direction, Choreography & Stage Design: Barbara “Babs” Case (choreography), Jackson; Ken George (set design), Casper; Marsha Knight (choreography), Laramie

2006 Music Composition: Christian Erickson (composer), Gillette; Anne Guzzo (composer), Laramie

2007 Theatre & Dance Performance: Kema Jamal (dancer), Cheyenne; Jodeen Tebay (dancer), Jackson

2008 Awards on one-year hiatus

2009 Music Performance: Anne Sibley (singer/musician), Jackson; Theresa Bogard (pianist), Laramie

2010 Theatre Direction, Dance Choroeography and Stage Design: Larry Hazlett  (lighting designer), Laramie; Carrie Noel Richer (film director & choreographer), Jackson; Babs Case (choreographer), Jackson

2011 Music Composition: Anne Marie Guzzo (composer), Laramie; Jeff Troxel (singer/songwriter), Powell

2013 Theatre & Dance Performance: Lawrence Jackson (dancer), Laramie; Natalia Duncan (actor), Jackson. Interview with Natalia Duncan.

2014  Music Performance: Madelaine German, Jackson; Miss “V” the Gypsy Cowbelle, Thermopolis


Grant Information

Deadline: May 8th
Amount: $3,000
Contact: Rachel Clifton
Apply Here

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