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NYSCA/NYFA Announce 2018 Artist Fellowship Program

Tuesday, January 9, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rosalind V. Rini Larson
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Established in 1971 as an independent organization to serve individual artists throughout the state, the mission of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is to empower emerging artists and arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional development. NYFA serves individual artists through providing financial and informational assistance across four flagship programs: Fiscal Sponsorship, NYFA Learning, Online Resources, and Awards and Grants.

For over 30 years, in partnership with New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the New York Foundation for the Arts has awarded Artist Fellowships of $7,000 to individual originating artists living and working in New York State and/or Indian Nations located therein for unrestricted use. The Fellowship award accepts submissions in 15 different disciplines, with 5 disciplines reviewed each year on a rotating three-year cycle. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are awarded to eligible artists of all career levels regardless of their gender, ethnicity, sexuality, ability/disability, financial standing, or geographic location.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are not project grants. They are intended to fund an artist's vision as displayed across a single criterion of work.

NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. In 2017, NYSCA/NYFA awarded 92 Fellowships to 95 awardees with 3 collaborations, totaling an amount of $644,000.


Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for the award, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be 25 years old or older.
  • You must be a current resident of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located in New York State, and have been a resident for at least the last two consecutive years prior to the application deadline (2016 & 2017).
  • At the time of the application deadline you must not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program of any kind.
  • You must not have received a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in any discipline in the past five years; 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2017, and cannot submit any artwork samples that have been previously awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship.
  • Fellowships are not awarded to interpretative artists such as dancers or actors; applicants must be the originators of the work, i.e. choreographers or playwrights.
  • Artists that have been awarded five NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships receive Emeritus Status and are no longer eligible to apply.
  • You must not be a NYFA employee, member of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists' Advisory Committee, an immediate family member of any of the above, or an immediate family member of a 2017-2018 panelist.


Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 11:59pm

Applications submitted after this deadline will be not be accepted and no exceptions will be made. We highly recommend completing your application in advance of the deadline to allow time for work samples to upload and to avoid potential technical problems.

You will receive an automatic response from Submittable once your application has been successfully received.


Categories: 2017 / 2018

  • Fiction
  • Folk/Traditional Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Work
  • Painting
  • Video/Film

(Including the Joanne Y. Chen Fellowship for Taiwanese American artists applying in, Folk / Traditional Arts, Interdisciplinary Work, Painting and Video / Film)


Joanne Y. Chen Taiwanese American Artist Fellowship

The Joanne Y. Chen Fellowship is awarded annually to a Taiwanese American artist residing in New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located in New York State. The Joanne Chen Fellow is selected from the pool of eligible NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows. The winner of this award will receive an unrestricted grant of US $7,000.

Joanne Y. Chen (1949-2015) was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Jung-Chieh Kuo and wife of Taiwanese American Art Council President Dr. Lung Fong Chen. Born in Tainan, Taiwan, she was raised and educated in Japan, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the Sophia University in Tokyo, and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from New York University. Joanne Y. Chen was a supporter of the local community, a paragon of moral integrity, and a role model for Taiwanese Americans.


How Do I Apply?

1. Create a new application online.

All applications and supporting materials must be uploaded and submitted via the online application at NYFA does not accept physical copies.

Applicants must create an account through NYFA’s Submittable page in order to access the application form and to upload their supporting materials. If you already have an account with, you may still need to create a new login through NYFA’s submittable page using your name and email address in order to apply.

To create an account, enter your details and click Create Account and Continue. A verification email will be sent to your email address; check your inbox and click on the link provided in the email to verify your account.

2. Begin your online application.

Select your category or categories. Applicants may apply in up to two categories per year but can only be awarded in one. Should you receive an award in two categories, you will have to choose which category to be recognized in. Applicants use the same login details to create applications in either category but must submit a separate application for each category. However, applicants may use the same work samples for both applications.

List any collaborations. Collaborating artists must apply together with one application. A collaboration is defined as up to three artists who can clearly demonstrate an ongoing collaborative career.

Collaborating artists can apply with an account under a collaborative artist name or with an individually named account providing that, in either case, all collaborators are listed under the Applicant Information section of the application form. Collaborator’s names should be separated by a “ / ” in the Name field. Should a collaborative application receive an award, the grant will be divided evenly between the collaborating artists. All individual applicants must clearly state their respective roles and must meet eligibility requirements.

3. Fill out your online application.

You must fill out your Applicant Information, Work Statement, any additional statements, and upload your work samples. Each application will have varying components depending on the discipline in which an applicant is applying, so please refer to the category guidelines for further assistance in completing your application.

4. Upload your Work Samples.

Work samples are a representation of your artistic work created within the last five years. All work samples are submitted online as part of your application. NYFA accepts a variety of file formats to support your application, although the following are recommended:

  • Images: Jpg
  • Written Documents: PDF
  • Video / Film Files: mp4 or .mov

Please do not label any work with your name, alternatively label each uploaded work sample with the title of the work along with the order that the images should be viewed. Applicants’ names are not made known to the panel during the first two rounds of the review process. Applications are assigned a number and panelists are directed to review application on the work samples submitted within the application.

5. Submit your application.

When you have finished filling out your information, completed the work statement and additional statements, and uploaded your work samples, simply click on the Submit button on the bottom of the application form to submit your application.

Once submitted, you will no longer be able to make changes to your application, so make sure you have carefully reviewed the guidelines for your discipline and the entirety of your application before submitting. You will receive a confirmation notification once the application has been successfully submitted. If you do not see this confirmation, please contact


For full details of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, visit:

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