call for artists: Tulsa Artist Fellowship

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship will cultivate Tulsa’s art scene by both supporting local artists and attracting national artists. The Tulsa Artist Fellowship provides an unrestricted stipend, free housing and work-space in Tulsa, Oklahoma to US Resident artists. Given the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa, some fellowship spots will be reserved for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists. The Fellows are expected to integrate into the local arts community such as studio and collection visits. These and other activities will introduce the artists to the many treasures at Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art and beyond. The artists will live and work in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District, participating in the local arts community. Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, with a one-year term with the option to renew for a second year. In the first class, the fellowship will focus on Public and/or Gallery Oriented Visual Arts.

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship provides unrestricted awards between
$15,000 and $40,000 for artists in all stages of their career. In
addition, the TAF will provide free housing and work-space in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. All non-resident fellows will be required to live in the
provided housing.
Types of Fellows & Awards
TAF will award between 5 and 15 fellowships in Year One. The
fellowship seeks to obtain a diverse mix of local and national artists
at different stages in their career. There will be reserved fellowship
spots for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists. Awards will differ based on stage of career of the artist.
The fellowship will include free housing and work space. Local Tulsa
artists in the mid-career category are not guaranteed free housing.
The Fellowships will be of two basic types:

  •  Early Career Artists:  Award of a $15,000
    unrestricted stipend with free private housing and work-space in Year
    One.  Year Two is optional and will include a stipend of $7500 plus free
    housing and work-space.  If the Fellow wants to stay in Tulsa, the
    housing and work-space can be retained for a 3rd year for $500/month total.
  •  Mid Career Artists:  Award of a $25,000
    unrestricted stipend with free private housing and work-space in Year
    One.  Year Two is optional and will include a stipend of $15,000 plus
    free housing and work-space.  If the Fellow wants to stay in Tulsa, the
    housing and work-space can be retained for a 3rd year for $500/month total.

Timeline

Release Call for Entries: December 1, 2014
Application Deadline: February 2, 2015
Selections Announced: April 3, 2015
Move into apartments, Fellowship begins: October 1, 2015
 Definitions
  1. Early Career
    1. At least 21 years of age
    2. Artist is less than 5 years from graduation from an arts program OR  has at least 5 years of studio practice
    3. Resume shows some experience with exhibitions
    4. Graduate thesis work should not be included in the application
  2. Mid-Career
    1. Strong exhibition history
    2. At least 10 years of studio practice
    3. Working as a “professional” artist
  3. Alaskan Native, Native American, Native Hawaiian
    1. Definition follows guidelines of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act
    2. Enrolled members of federally-recognized Tribe, Pueblo, Nation, or Alaskan Native Village
    3. Enrolled members of state-recognized Native Community or Political Entity
    4. Designated artisans with a document from their Tribe, Pueblo,
      Nation, or Alaskan Native Village recognizing their heritage and status
      as an artisan representing their community
  4. Local
    1. Artists who have lived in the Tulsa Metropolitan area for more than
      12 months. The Tulsa Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Tulsa,
      Okmulgee, Pawnee, Creek, Rogers, Osage, and Wagoner counties. Proof of
      residency will be required and may be submitted in the form of a lease,
      utility bill, paycheck or other such document.
  5. National
    1. Artists residing outside of the Tulsa Metropolitan. The Tulsa
      Metropolitan Statistical Area includes Tulsa, Okmulgee, Pawnee, Creek,
      Rogers, Osage, and Wagoner counties. Proof of residency will be required
      and may be submitted in the form of a lease, utility bill, paycheck or
      other such document.

The Panel
The Artist Selection Panel will be comprised artists, curators,
reviewers and experts in the given focus of each year’s fellowship.
 There will be 7 panelists and they will likely serve for only one year.
The panelists will review the applications remotely before meeting in
Tulsa to make the final selections. Artwork submitted for review by the
Panel must be original work completed outside of any education
requirement.  Work must be public or gallery oriented visual art and may
not be a work in progress. The names of the Panel members will be released to the public in the near future.

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