Visual Arts Fellowships 2015 –16

Dead Meadow #1,  Steve Bernard (2014 – 15 Professional Fellowship recipient), Pastel

Dead Meadow #1, Steve Bernard (2014 – 15 Professional Fellowship recipient), pastel

Congratulations to the recipients of a 2014 – 15 VMFA Fellowship! See works by each recipient.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such, has awarded nearly $5 million in fellowships to Virginians.

The Fellowship Program was established in 1940 through a generous contribution made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg. Offered through VMFA Statewide, fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, supplemented by annual gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation and the J. Warwick McClintic Jr. Scholarship Fund.

Application

Apply now for 2015 – 16 VMFA Fellowship. The application deadline is Fri, Nov 7, 2014. Learn more about the process on September 26 at How . . . do you apply for a VMFA Fellowship?

Eligibility/Conditions

Professional Artists
You are eligible to apply if you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, as well as a current legal resident of Virginia, and have been so for at least 24 consecutive months prior to the application deadline. You must also continue to be a legal resident of Virginia for the Fellowship period of August 2015 – May 2016. A legal resident has a valid Virginia driver’s license, and/or pays income taxes in Virginia, and/or is a registered Virginia voter. Applicants must be able to provide verification of residency upon request.

You are eligible to apply if you are not a degree-seeking student at the time of the application deadline, nor will you be during the Fellowship period of August 2015 – May 2016.

Note: Recipients of a VMFA Professional Fellowship after July 2010 and full-time VMFA employees are not eligible to apply. No artist may receive more than three Fellowships in any category.

Graduate Students
You are eligible to apply if you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, as well as a current legal resident of Virginia, and have been so for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the application deadline. You must also continue to be a legal resident of Virginia for the Fellowship period of August 2015 – May 2016. A legal resident has a valid Virginia driver’s license, and/or pays income taxes in Virginia, and/or is a registered Virginia voter. Students paying in-state tuition to an accredited Virginia college, university, or school of the arts qualify as legal residents of Virginia. If you are a legal Virginia resident but attend an accredited college, university, or school of the arts outside of the state full-time, you may still apply. Applicants must be able to provide verification of residency upon request.

If you attend an accredited college, university, or school of the arts in Virginia but do not qualify for in-state tuition, you may not apply for a VMFA Fellowship until you establish Virginia residency.

You are eligible to apply if you are planning to be enrolled full-time and qualify as a Virginia resident, as outlined above, for the entire academic year 2015 – 2016 at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts. Half-year fall semester Fellowship awards (worth $3,000) may be considered on a case-by-case basis for full-time students in the final year of a degree program who plan to graduate in December 2015.

Note: Full-time VMFA employees are not eligible. No artist may receive more than three Fellowships in any category.

Undergraduate Students
You are eligible to apply if you are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, as well as a current legal resident of Virginia, and have been so for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the application deadline. You must also continue to be a legal resident of Virginia for the Fellowship period of August 2015 – May 2016. A legal resident has a valid Virginia driver’s license. and/or pays income taxes in Virginia, and/or is a registered Virginia voter. Students paying in-state tuition to an accredited Virginia college, university, or school of the arts qualify as legal residents of Virginia. If you are a legal Virginia resident but attend an accredited college, university, or school of the arts outside of the state full-time, you may still apply. Applicants must be able to provide verification of residency upon request.

If you attend an accredited college, university, or school of the arts in Virginia but do not qualify for in-state tuition, you may not apply for a VMFA Fellowship until you establish Virginia residency.

You are eligible to apply if you are planning to be enrolled full-time and qualify as a Virginia resident, as outlined above, for the entire academic year 2015 – 2016 at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts. Half-year fall semester Fellowship awards (worth $2,000) may be considered on a case-by-case basis for full-time students in the final year of a degree program who plan to graduate in December 2015.

Note: Full-time VMFA employees are not eligible to apply. No artist may receive more than three Fellowships in any category.

Collaborative Awards
Professional artists who can clearly demonstrate a history of ongoing collaboration may apply together with one set of documentation Each artist in a collaborative group must fill out a separate application form on which she/he notes the names of her/his collaborator(s). Collaborative applications must be delivered or mailed in one package. Collaborating winners will receive one $8,000 fellowship to divide among themselves.

 

Deadline

 Mail applications to (mailed applications must be postmarked by Friday, November 7, 2014):

Fellowship Program Coordinator
VMFA Statewide
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220-4007

Or hand-deliver applications to the main entrance of the Pauley Center on the west side of the museum campus (hand-delivered applications must arrive by 5 pm, Friday, November 7, 2014).

The museum does not accept application materials via fax or other electronic means. Late applications will not be considered.

Adjudication

Fellowship applicants’ works are reviewed by distinguished outside jurors. The juror(s) views each applicant’s work sample and may request to read the applicant’s artist statement. The juror(s) does not see the applicant’s resume or transcript; selections are made anonymously and solely based on artistic merit.

Notification of Awards

Applicants are notified of awards by letter the first week in February 2015. VMFA does not provide written or verbal explanations regarding the awards. CDs and DVDs of Fellowship award recipients will be retained as a permanent record.

Award Amounts

$8,000 Professional Fellowships
$6,000 Graduate Fellowships
$4,000 Undergraduate Fellowships

Selecting a Discipline for your Application

Awards are made to those applicants of the highest artistic merit and are not based on medium. Please select the discipline that most closely corresponds to the nature of the work you are submitting.

Applicants may submit only one application for the annual Fellowship cycle. Applicants may apply for work or study in only one of the disciplines below:

• Crafts
• Drawing
• Film/Video*
• Mixed Media**
• New/Emerging Media***
• Painting
• Photography
• Printmaking
• Sculpture
• Art History (graduate students only)

*Film/video applicants may submit personally conceived works in the following categories only: Narrative (fiction, dramatized events, and authorized adaptations of literary or dramatic works), Animation (the animation of graphics or three-dimensional objects), and Experimental (works that expand the traditional definition of film or video forms — live-action or animation techniques can be used). Only noncommercial, noninstructional works over which the applicant has exclusive control and primary creative responsibility will be accepted. No music videos will be considered.

**Mixed media refers to the combination of two or more media to create one work.

***New/Emerging Media refers to works of art made using non-traditional techniques that do not fit into one of the other eight disciplines listed. Examples of New/Emerging Media art could be, but are not limited to, combined media installations, environmental or site-specific artwork, digital artwork, sound or audio artwork, or interactive artwork. New/Emerging Media applicants may choose to submit digital images OR a DVD work sample. See “How to Apply” for more information.

How to Apply

A complete application must contain the following materials. A checklist of required materials is included with the application form for your convenience. Please include this checklist with your submitted application materials. NOTE: Extra items will not be seen by the juror(s).

1. Fellowship Application Form. Professionals: First page only. Students: First and second pages.

2. Work Sample. Submit your work sample as outlined below for your selected discipline.
NOTE: If you have received a VMFA Fellowship in the past, your work sample for the 2015 – 16 Fellowship application may not include any of the previous “winning” works.

Crafts, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture Applicants
A work sample consists of a total of eight digital images. Of the eight images, at least six must represent individual works; no more than two images may be details of the individual works.
Professionals only: All works must have been completed in the past three years. No works-in-progress will be accepted.
Students only: At least four of the works must have been completed in the past three years. No works-in- progress will be accepted.
• Submit images on a PC-formatted CD-R, labeled with the applicant’s name.
• Format digital images as JPEGS, approximately 1000 pixels on the longest side, with a file size no larger than 2 MB. No gifs, tiffs, or other formats will be accepted.
• Number each image to correspond to the Work Sample List on the application form.
• Title image files on the CD in the following manner: 1_VMFA.jpg, 2_VMFA.jpg, and so on.
• Obscure any legible names or signatures on the digital images to ensure anonymity with the juror(s).

New/Emerging Media Applicants
A work sample consists of either A or B (you must select only one of the following options — you may not submit both digital images and video samples):
A) 
A total of eight digital images. Of the eight images, at least six must represent individual works; no more than two images may be details of the individual works. No works-in-progress will be accepted. See above guidelines for dates of works, and image formatting and labeling.
OR
B) A video sample of 15 minutes (maximum) in length. The video sample must show representations of at least six, and no more than eight, individual works.
Professionals only: All works must have been completed in the last three years. No works-in-progress will be accepted.
Students only: At least four of the works must have been completed in the last three years. No works-in- progress will be accepted.
• Submit work on a DVD labeled with the applicant’s name.
• Include a menu on the DVD with titles of each work and running times. Formats other than a standard DVD will not be accepted.
• Number videos and works to correspond to the Work Sample List on the application form.
• No legible names, credits, or signatures may appear on the DVD menu and/or the individual on-screen works to ensure anonymity with the juror(s).

Film/Video Applicants
A work sample consists of a 15-minute (maximum) DVD sample of three works.
Professionals only: All works must have been completed in the last three years. No works-in-progress.
Students only: At least one of the works must have been completed in the last three years. No work- in-progress will be accepted.
• On the application form, include the category of each work: Narrative, Animation, or Experimental.
• Submit work on a DVD labeled with applicant’s name, titles of works, primary creative responsibility, dates completed, and original format running times.
• Include a menu on the DVD with titles of each work and running times. Formats other than a standard DVD will not be accepted.
• No legible names, credits, or signatures may appear on the DVD menu and/or the individual on-screen works to ensure anonymity with the juror(s).

Art History Applicants (Graduate students only)
A work sample consists of three research papers or published articles.
• Submit two hard copies of each, neither of which will be returned to the applicant.
• All papers or published articles must have been written in the past three years and must be written in English.
• Art History applicants must have sole authorship of their work sample submissions; applicants’ names must not appear anywhere on the submission to ensure anonymity with the juror(s).

3. Resume. One typed copy of your current resume. NOTE: This is for internal use only. Juror(s) do not see the applicant resumes.

4. Artistic Statement. A one-page typed artistic statement about the work you are submitting (200 words maximum). The applicant’s name should not appear on the artistic statement. Note: Art History applicants do not submit an artistic statement.

5. Transcript (students only). The applicant’s most recent transcript, officially stamped and sealed by his/her school’s registrar. Transcripts may be included with application materials or mailed under separate cover. NOTE: Transcripts are for internal use only. Juror(s) do not see applicant transcripts.

6. SASE Envelope (optional). If you wish to have your work sample (CD or DVD) returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped (not metered) envelope with adequate postage and packaging. Work samples will be returned in late February 2015 – 16. VMFA is not responsible for envelopes with insufficient postage or for damage or loss of materials during mailing.

7. Confirmation Postcard (optional). The only method to confirm the receipt of your application is by providing a self-addressed, stamped postcard marked “Entry Received.” It will be mailed to you to confirm receipt of your application. Please do not call the Fellowship office to confirm receipt of your application.

NOTE: Failure to follow the specific criteria above will result in disqualification.

See the 2015-16 VMFA Fellowship flyer  for more information.