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Maine Artist Fellowship

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Application opens:      March 13, 2015

Application deadline:  May 06, 2015 (5:00 pm)

Maximum award:        $5,000


The Maine Artist Fellowships are given annually to recognizeartistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are primarily informed by an applicant’s prior work.

No match is required.  


Funding for this cycle is for fellowships between July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Artist fellowships are available in each of the following artistic disciplines:


  • Craft
  • Literary arts
  • Multimedia/film
  • Performing arts
  • Taditional arts
  • Visual arts

*Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship is available only to artists in Washington or Handcock County. 


Full application instructions and forms are available at the  Maine Arts Commission Grants Management System.


Eligibility Requirements

A person is eligible to apply if he or she meets all of the following criteria:

  • Has resided full-time in Maine for a minimum of one year directly prior to the date of the application deadline.
  • Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the fellowship period. 
  • Is at least 18 years of age at the time of the application deadline.
  • Is not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Is in compliance with final reports required for all previous Maine Arts Commission awards.
  • Is currently a practicing Maine artist.
  • Has not received a Maine Artist Fellowship within the past ten years.


Artists may submit only one fellowship application during a funding cycle (July 1 to June 30). 

Multi-artist applications must represent a team or group who consistently work together to produce a single body of work. Multi-artist applicants must also own the legal rights to the name being used.

An artist may be awarded a maximum of three Maine Artist Fellowships in their lifetime.


Application Package

A complete application package for a Maine Artist Fellowship should contain the following:

  • All narrative questions answered completely. (questions vary depending on the discipline) 
  • A resume, CV, or bio of the applicant
  • Appropriate support materials (number of materials will vary depending on discipline) 
  • A completed vendor form

The Maine Arts Commission reserves the right to use submitted materials in the promotion of the artist and/or Maine Arts Commission programs. The material will be used in a promotional manner only and will not be used for commercial purposes. 

We recommend that contributors consider licensing their media files under a Creative Commons Attribution/Non-Commercial/Share-Alike license.


Review Criteria

The Maine Artist Fellowship applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Reviewers will evaluate the caliber of the support materials, the applicant’s resume/bio, and the completed application questionnaire. 



Applicants are encouraged to contact agency staff and discuss their ideas any time prior to the application deadline. Applicants can request an informal consultation of their completed application questionnaire (draft) up to two weeks prior to the application deadline. 

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm, on the date of the application deadline. 

General questions about the application or review process can be directed to:


Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility

 Specific questions can be directed to agency staff based on the discipline of the proposal.

Craft and Visual Arts: Julie Horn
Visual Arts Director
Performing and Media Arts: Kerstin Gilg
Media and Performing Arts Director
Traditional Arts: Kathleen Mundell
Traditional Arts and Creative Aging Director
Literary Arts: Julie Richard
Executive Director,

Grant information is available in large print format by request. All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with special needs.