Wyoming Arts Council

Native Art Fellowship

The Wyoming Arts Council introduced the Native Art Fellowship in 2021 as part of its on-going effort to increase support and recognition of Wyoming’s rich cultural arts and traditions.

About the Native Art Fellowship

The Native Art Fellowship is a $5,000 unrestricted award of merit, based on the artist’s portfolio, honoring the work of Native artists based within Wyoming.

Artists working across any artistic discipline or medium (visual, literary, performing, folk & traditional, etc.) may apply. This fellowship is designed to raise the profiles of the highly talented Native artists in Wyoming and celebrate their artistry.

Recipients of the Native Art Fellowship will also be given support to find a venue to showcase their work.

Applications are juried by noted Native artists outside the state. Two fellowships will be given this year. Jurors may also select honorable mentions.

2024 Native Art Fellowship Info

2024 Application Window: March 12 – May 15, 2024

Click here for the online application:

Apply for the Native Art Fellowship Here


  • Applicants must be an enrolled/citizen member or lineal descendant of a federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or be an Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian. If selected for the fellowship, you may be asked to provide a copy of a Tribal ID, letter of descendancy, or Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB). If your tribe is not federally or state recognized you will be asked to provide more detailed information.
  • 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 be a Wyoming resident, living in the state for at least 10 months of the year.
  • May receive a total of two fellowship awards in your lifetime.
  • You may choose to be automatically considered for the WAC fellowships in Creative Writing, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts, but you can only receive one Fellowship per year.
  • You may enter the competition only once by the deadline.


  • You’ll receive $5,000 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 create an impact statement, due August 31, 2025, sharing how this award helped you and what you accomplished during the year you received it.
  • You may be asked to provide a copy of a Tribal ID, letter of descendancy, or Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB). If your tribe is not federally or state recognized you will be asked to provide more detailed information.


  • Your name must not appear anywhere on your application.
  • Do not send supplementary materials (letters, resumes, etc.)
  • You may submit up to 10 work samples. Samples can be a combination of multiple art forms. Image, video, audio, and document files will be accepted.
  • If submitting a writing sample, you may only upload ONE manuscript, up to 25 pages in length, typed, double-spaced using a 12-point standard font. If submitting poetry, only one poem is allowed per page and the double-spaced requirement is waived. For a book excerpt, you may provide a synopsis, but it will be included in the 25-page limit. You may submit more than one piece of writing, as long as you don’t exceed the 25-page limit. Pages must be numbered; include title of work and page number on each page.
  • If submitting performance-based work, you may submit original works or performances of other works (not original). Fellowships are awarded to an individual; however work samples of group performances will be accepted for demonstrative purposes as long as the individual applicant is clearly identified in the description.
  • Other work samples can include: 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, beadwork, quillwork, regalia, ledger art, other traditional forms. Up to two images may be detail images, if appropriate. Jurors will only be required to watch up to 10 minutes of a film/video submission.


Meet the 2024 Jurors

Ben Pease (b.1989) is a native Montanan artist of Tsitsistas and Apsáalooke descent. He is Newly-Made Lodge clan from the Valley of the Chiefs District on the Crow Indian Reservation. His educational background includes studies at Minot State University, Montana State University, and Little Big Horn College. Pease uses his work to seek understanding and perspective as an Indigenous person, as reflected in his diverse projects and collaborations. His work has been featured in major exhibitions at museums such as the Field Museum of Chicago and the New York Historical Society. His works have been collected worldwide and are represented in the permanent collections of institutions such as the Whitney Western Art Museum and the Plains Indian Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Montana State University, and the Mulvane Art Museum.

Dakota Hoska (Oglála Lakȟóta Nation, Pine Ridge, Wounded Knee) serves as the Associate Curator of Native Arts at the Denver Art Museum where she has been employed since 2019. Previously, she served as a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Minneapolis Institute of Art supporting the ground-breaking exhibition “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists.” Hoska completed her MA in Art History, focusing on Native American Art History, at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN (2019). She also completed two years of Dakhóta language at the University of Minnesota (2016) and received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (2012). Dakota has participated in multiple curatorial programs such as the EPIC international curatorial exchange program sponsored by the Association of Art Museum Curators, the Otsego Summer Seminar sponsored by the Fenimore Art Museum, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Native American Museum Fellowship at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and the American Indian Museum Fellowship at the Minnesota Historical Society. She currently serves on multiple national advisory councils and frequently writes about and presents on issues related to curating Native North American art collections.

2023 Native Art Fellowship Recipients

Rose Pecos-SunRhodes | Ceramics

The native clay pottery that Rose Pecos-SunRhodes creates stems from the upbringing she’s had as a member of the Jemez Pueblo tribe in New Mexico. Born and raised with the tradition of pottery she has learned from the masters of the village who have taught her to continue the age old cultural practices.



As a contemporary traditional artist/potter, she respects and takes from the old traditional methods of collecting the clays, paints and firing to using a more contemporary, unique flair on the style of the clay piece she is working on. Taught by her grandmother, the late Louisa Toledo and mother, the late Carol Pecos as a young child with the age-old tradition and ritual of prayer with the corn meal to thank the Mother Earth for the goods she has blessed us with and the taking of it.

Rose considers herself a contemporary figurative potter. Storytellers, which depict village storytellers from long ago are portrayed by many pueblo potters. The style Rose creates is of a female figure with the skirt flared out which serves as a base for her children to sit on. She has also created native-ity scenes; chess sets and a series of “Earth Mothers” which portray sacred places to Native Americans. She has won numerous awards at Santa Fe Indian Market, Heard Museum, Red Earth Art Festival, Eiteljorg Museum and featured in permanent exhibits at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, traveling exhibit, “From One Hand to Another” owned by the Eitlejorg Museum and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Her recent entry at The Autry Museum American Indian Art Marketplace show earned her a second-place award in pottery.

Rose recently retired from her teaching career on the Wind River Reservation to concentrate on her clay. For over 30 years, she has lived in Ethete with her husband, Virgil, and their 4 children, 9 grandchildren and great granddaughter. She has tenaciously kept her traditional clay teachings passing down the traditions to her grandchildren.

Taylar Dawn Stagner | Journalism & Creative Writing

Taylar Stagner

Taylar Stagner

Taylar Dawn Stagner (she/her) is a writer and a journalist from Riverton, Wyoming. She focuses on Indigenous Affairs and has worked for Wyoming Public Media, and High Country News Magazine. Stagner won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her podcast episode on rural drag queens in Wyoming with The Modern West Podcast.

Currently, she is an Uproot Environmental Journalist Fellow and an Air New Voices Fellow, as well. Additionally, she mentors for NPR’s Next Generation Radio: Indigenous and holds a master’s degree in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. Stagner is a Southern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone descendant.

Previous Native Art Fellowship Recipients

2023 | Rose Pecos-SunRhodes (Ceramics), Taylar Dawn Stagner (Journalism & Creative Writing)

2022 | Christian Wallowing Bull, Talissa Abeyta

2021 | Colleen Friday

Contact Information

For more information on the Native Art Fellowship, contact Kimberly Mittelstadt at the Arts Council, 307-274-6673 or kimberly.mittelstadt@wyo.gov.

Grant Information

Amount: $5000
Contact: Kimberly Mittelstadt