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Maine Artist Fellowship

2016 Maine Artist Fellowship Award Winners

Seven of Maine's Best Artists

Our quarterly newsletter takes a deeper dive into agency news and the January issue features our 2016 Fellowship recipients. 

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Application Deadline: Spring 2016

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.

This funding cycle is for fellowships between July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. 


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


  • Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship*
  • Craft
  • Literary Arts
  • Multimedia/Film
  • Performing Arts
  • Traditional Arts**
  • Visual Arts

*Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship is only available to residents of Hancock or Washington county.


**Traditional Arts Fellowship has different requirements. Click here for more information.




You are eligible to apply if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • 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.
  • Are currently a practicing Maine artist.
  • Have not received a Maine Artist Fellowship within the past 10 years.

You 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 for the team or group.

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. (Items vary depending on the discipline.) 
  • Applicant resume, curriculum vitae, or bio
  • Appropriate support materials (Number varies depending on the discipline.) 
  • 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. 



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, the applicant’s resume/bio/curriculum vitae, and the completed application narrative. 



Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. on the date of the application deadline.



Applications are submitted via the agency’s Grants Management System (GMS). Some Internet Explorer users have experienced problems during the application process. Because of this, we strongly recommend that you use the Firefox or Chrome web browser to access the GMS and submit your application. 

In order to use the GMS and create your application, you must have a user account (username and password) on the Maine Arts Commission website. This is not the same account that you have used with the previous eGRANT system.

To begin your application, click HERE and enter your Maine Arts Commission username and password. After you have logged in, select the 'Read More' link at the bottom of the funding opportunity you are interested in and follow the prompts to enter your application information. Be sure to click the ‘Save and Next’ button before moving on to the next part of the application.
There’s no charge to set one up and it only takes a few minutes. At the login screen, click ‘New User?’ in the lower right corner and then key in the information as indicated. Click HERE to reach the login screen.
If you know your username but have forgotten your password, click the ‘Forgot Password’ link at the bottom middle of the login screen. Click HERE to reach the login screen.
Help with various topics is available HERE. 


The sidebar menu on this page contains helpful information about the application process and guidance for writing your application. You are also welcome to contact agency staff with questions about the Maine Artist Fellowship.

GENERAL QUESTIONS—Questions about the application or review process may be directed to Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, at 207-287-2750 or

SPECIFIC QUESTIONS—Please direct specific questions about the Maine Artist Fellowship to agency staff based on the discipline of your application.

Craft and Visual Arts: Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director

207-287-2790 or

Performing and Media Arts: Kerstin Gilg, Media and Performing Arts Director

207-287-6719 or

Traditional Arts: Kathleen Mundell, Traditional Arts and Creative Aging Director

207-287-6746 or

Literary Arts: Julie Richard, Executive Director

207-287-2710 or



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.