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2019 Visual Arts Individual Artist Fellowship Applications Now Open

in Press Releases June 11, 2019 2 min read

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Applications are open for the 2019 Visual Arts Fellowship through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26. The fellowship is a partnership between the Greater Columbus Arts Council and the Columbus Museum of Art, which culminates in a public exhibition. The works of the 2018 fellowship recipients will be on view June 14 – Sept. 29, 2019 at the Columbus Museum of Art as part of the 2019 Greater Columbus Arts Council Visual Arts Exhibition.

Established in 1986, the fellowship recognizes outstanding visual artists within the community. In addition to a residency culminating in an exhibition, four artists will also receive a $5,000 fellowship award. Visual Arts Fellowship recipients are also eligible to apply for the invitation-only Artist Exchange program, a two- to three-month residency in Dresden, Germany in future years. The fellowship program applications are evaluated by esteemed art professionals working outside Columbus in a blind jury process.

Artists must be a Franklin County resident for a minimum of one year to apply for the Fellowships and remain a resident for the grant period if selected. While students are not eligible, artists may submit student work that is within the required timeframe. Based on the quality of applicants’ work created within the last three years, these awards are intended to assist artists in the creation of new work and the advancement of their careers. The recognition of individual creative work and artistic enterprise helps strengthen the Columbus area’s vibrant cultural community.

Jurors for the 2019 Visual Arts Fellowship are: Gianna Commito, Professor of Painting at Kent State University; Courtenay Finn, Chief Curator at moCa in Cleveland; and Gilbert Vicario, The Selig Family Chief Curator at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Access to the online application and 2019 guide is available through the Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowships page. Any questions should be directed to McKenzi Swinehart, Grants & Services Manager, at (614) 221-8746 or

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: The mission of the Arts Council is to support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.

About the Columbus Museum of Art: CMA creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark; Paul-Henri Bourguignon and Erika Bourguignon Fund for Visual Arts; Vada Beetler Memorial; and Robert B. Hurst funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Café and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. General admission is $18 for adults; $9 for seniors (60+), students (18+) and children 4 and older; free for members and children 3 and younger; $5 on Thursday evenings (5-9p.m.). A separate admission fee for special exhibitions may apply. General admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA charges a flat rate of $5 for parking in the Museum’s East Gay lot. CMA members park for free. For additional information, call 614.221.6801 or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @columbusmuseum.

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CONTACT: Jami Goldstein
(614) 221-8492