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MAINE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP AWARD

Deadline: June 18, 2020
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Required Match: None
Award Cycle: July 1 June 30
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Maine Artist Fellowships recognize artistic excellence and advance the careers of Maine artists. Fellowships are not grants, they are merit-based awards that are informed by an applicant’s work as documented through the application and support materials. Maine Artist Fellowships are available in the categories; Belvedere Handcraft, Fine Craft, Literary Arts, Multimedia/Film, Performing Arts, Traditional Arts, and Visual Arts.

Applicants may only apply in one discipline category only per annual grant cycle.

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 through 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 

Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must have an active Maine Arts Commission account and current Vendor Code to receive funds. An individual is eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:

  • Is a practicing Maine traditional artist at the time of application deadline.
  • Has resided full-time in Maine for at least one year immediately prior to the application deadline.
  • Will reside full-time in Maine throughout the project period.
  • Is at least 25 years of age or older by the application deadline.
  • Is not a student enrolled in a degree or certificate-granting program.
  • Is in compliance with Final Reports required by the Maine Arts Commission for previous awards.
  • Has not been previously awarded a Maine Artist Fellowship.

Application Materials

Please note that the various discipline categories have different questions that are asked within the application; and that there are differences in the particular support materials required.

Online - Fields within the Grants Portal that will need to be completed

  • Complete answers to any narrative prompts (Required)

Uploads - Up to a total of 10 pieces of support materials uploaded through the Grants Portal

  • Resume, bio, or curriculum vitae (Required)
  • An artist statement (Required)
  • Artistic samples (Required): Images, audio or video materials (no more than 15 minutes in length), Prose samples (no more than 20 pages in length), poetry (no more than 5 poems), etc.
  • An itemized list of the uploaded materials (Required)

Vendor Code – An applicant must have a current Vendor Code to receive award funds

  • Your Vendor Code is a state assigned number that allows for payment processing. Please check your Maine Arts Commission User/Organization account to see if there is a number in the Vendor Code field. If the field is blank you will need to complete a Vendor Form with exactly the same name and contact information as used in the application. This must be provided to the agency prior to award notification and can be submitted through email, surface mail, or FAX. The form can be downloaded from the Grants Help page.

Application Questions (To be completed in the GMS)

(All character counts include spaces. 2,550 characters/page)

  1. Provide an overview of your traditional art form. (700 characters max.)
  2. Provide a description of how you learned your art including who taught you as well as other family, tribal, ethnic, occupation influences on your work (700 characters max.)
  3. How long have you been practicing your art form? (500 characters max.)
  4. Provide a description of the community where you practice your art. What is your role as an artist in this community? (700 characters max.)
  5. Include a description of local, state or national recognition of your work. (700 characters max.)

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by panels of public members, selected for their expertise. All grant recommendations are presented to Maine Arts Commission members who approve the review process, making the grant official. The review process and delivery of funds may take up to six months. This means that grant funds may be used to reimburse costs which have been incurred for the project after the grant has been approved but prior to funds being disbursed.

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Assistance

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

For specific questions about the Maine Artist Fellowship please contac the appropriate agency staff person based on the discipline of your application.

  • Craft and Visual Arts applicants: Julie Horn, Visual Arts Director at vog.eniam@nroh.eiluj or 207-287-2790.
  • Media Arts and Performing Arts applicants: Megan Fournier, Interim Media and Performing Arts Director at vog.eniam@reinruoF.B.nageM or 207-287-2713.
  • Traditional Arts applicants: Kathleen Mundell, Traditional Arts Specialist at moc.oohay@1002secruoserlarutluc or 207-236-6741.
  • Literary Arts applicants: Julie Richard, Executive Director, at vog.eniam@drahcir.eiluj or 207-287-2710.

For general questions about the application or review process please contact Kerstin Gilg, Director of Grants and Accessibility, at kerstin.gilg@maine.gov or 207/ 287-6719.

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:
Director of Grants & Accessibility
Kerstin Gilg: 287-6719
Help by Discipline:

Performing Arts & Media Director
Brita Wanger-Morier: 287-2750

Visual Arts Director
Julie Horn: 287-2790

Arts Education Director (Interim) 
Martha Piscuskas: 287-2713

Traditional Arts Specialist
Kathleen Mundell: 236-6741

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