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Maine Artist Fellowship


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Application Deadline: May 4, 2017

Maximum Award: $5,000


Maine Artist Fellowships are awarded annually to recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are merit-based awards that are primarily informed by an applicant’s work.

No funding match is required.

The funding cycle for the program is July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Each artistic discipline requires its own application and require different application components, which are outlined in the Grants Management System (GMS).


Maine Artist fellowships are available in each of the following artistic disciplines. 

  • Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship (Available to residents of Hancock or Washington Counties only)
  • Craft
  • Literary Arts
  • Multimedia/Film
  • Performing Arts
  • Traditional Arts
  • Visual Arts


You are eligible to apply if you meet all of the following criteria:
  • Are currently a practicing Maine artist.
  • Have resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the fellowship period. 
  • Are 18 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Are not a matriculated student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Are in compliance with final reports required for any previous Maine Arts Commission award you have received.
  • Have not received a Maine Artist Fellowship within the past 10 years.

You may submit only one fellowship application during a funding cycle. 

You must be an individual artist to apply. Multi-artist applications will not be accepted.

The Commission recognizes that performing artists may work solely or primarily as part of an ensemble. Such artists are encouraged to apply as individual artists on the stength of their work with the specific ensemble.

You may be awarded a maximum of three Maine Artist Fellowships in your lifetime.



A complete application package for a Maine Artist Fellowship contains:

  • Complete answers to all narrative prompts. (Not relevant for literary, visual arts or craft applicants.)

  • Applicant resume, curriculum vitae, or bio. (Not relevant for literary applicants.)

  • Appropriate artistic support materials. (Artistic disciplines require different application components, which are outlined in the Grants Management System (GMS).)

  • Any additional materials outlined within individual application guidelines based on artistic-discipline.


  • Completed State of Maine Vendor Form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in your application.



Maine Artist Fellowship applications are reviewed on a competitive basis. Reviewers are selected from out of state and will evaluate the caliber of the support materials, which vary depending on artistic discipline.



Agency staff are always here as a resource to you. We recommend contacting the correct staff person a minimum of two-weeks prior to submitting your application.




about the application or review process

Kathy Ann Shaw

Senior Grants Director or 207-287-2750

Craft and Visual Arts applicants

Julie Horn

Visual Arts Director or 207-287-2790

Media Arts and Performing Arts applicants

Kerstin Gilg

Media and Performing Arts Director or 207-287-6719

Literary Arts applicants

Julie Richard

Executive Director or 207-287-2710

Traditional Arts applicants

Kathleen Mundell

Traditional Arts Specialist or 207-236-6741


Grant information is available in large print format by request. All Maine Arts Commission programs are accessible to people with disabilities. All programs funded by the Maine Arts Commission must also be accessible.