Maine Artist Fellowship
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Application Deadline: June 14, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.  

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.

Artistic disciplines 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. Each discipline requires its own application, which is submitted in the GMS. 

  • Belvedere Handcraft Fellowship (Available to residents of Hancock or Washington County 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 as part of an ensemble. Such artists are encouraged to apply as individual artists on the strength of their work with the specific ensemble.

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


Please log into our Grants Management System. Your account is free and you can browse grant guidelines and requirements for all programs without applying. Your account also gives you the ability to add your entry to our Artists and Organizations Directory and to post press releases and events to this site's news and calendar sections.


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.

Kathy Ann Shaw, Senior Director for Grants and Arts Accessibility, Maine Arts Commission at 207-287-2750 or vog.eniam@wahs.yhtak.

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

 Julie Horn, Craft and Visual Arts Director at 207-287-2790 or vog.eniam@nroh.eiluj.

Kerstin Gilg, Media and Performing Arts Director at 207-287-6719 or vog.eniam@glig.nitsrek.

Kathleen Mundell, Traditional Arts Specialist at 207-236-6741 or moc.oohay@1002secruoserlarutluc.

Julie Richard, Executive Director, Literary Arts Director at 207-287-2710 or vog.eniam@drahcir.eiluj.

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.

Get Started in our Grants Management System (GMS)

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Need More Help?

For General Questions:
Senior Grants Director & Accessibility
Kathy Ann Shaw: 287-2750
Help by Discipline:

Performing & Media Arts Director
Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director
Argy Nestor: 287-2713

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741


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