Artist Fellowship

The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) will open applications in mid-late December for the upcoming grant cycle (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023). The submission deadline is March 1, 2022. Grant guidelines and resources will be posted online in mid-late November.

Purpose
Artist Fellowship Grants of $5,000 reward individual artistic excellence. Grants recognize exceptional artists; encourage creative achievement; acknowledge artists who contribute to higher standards for the arts; and assist artists in their continued development. Only well-established artists with a strong record of publication, performance, or exhibition should apply.

Eligible

  • South Dakota Artists may apply for ONLY ONE artist grant.
  • Artist Fellowship applicants must be a South Dakota resident for at least two years prior to applying (prior to March 1, 2022) and remain a resident through the end of the grant (June 30, 2023).
  • If you are a past recipient of an Artist Fellowship, you are not eligible to apply for an Artist Career Development grant and may not apply for ANY artist grants for a three-year period.
  • Artists seeking funds for a specific project that benefits themselves and the public should apply for an Artist Project Grant.

Artists with limited publication, performance, or exhibition records should apply for the Artist Career Development Grant rather than the Fellowship. Fellowships are intended to reward artists who demonstrate outstanding professional records of accomplishment.

Ineligible

  • If you are a past recipient of an Artist Fellowship, you are not eligible to apply for an Artist Career Development grant and may not apply for ANY artist grants for a three-year period.
  • Funding will not be granted for academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.
  • Students pursuing high school diplomas or graduate or undergraduate degrees are not eligible.
  • South Dakota Arts Council board members, staff, and grant review panelists are not eligible to apply for Artist Grants.

Criteria for Awarding Grants
In reviewing applications, panelists consider the following:

  • Quality of the applicant’s work as demonstrated by artistic documentation submitted. Artistic quality accounts for 50% of an applicant’s total score and plays a critical role in panel ratings and funding recommendations. Artistic quality is determined only by the quality of the submitted documentation.
  • Record of professional activity and achievement as demonstrated in resume and support materials.
  • The artist’s contribution to higher standards for the arts in South Dakota.
  • How an Artist Fellowship will contribute to the artist’s professional growth and career advancement.

Evaluation

Grant Evaluation Form:  Evaluations are due 30 days after the end of the fiscal year. An evaluation form will be provided with grant award materials. The evaluation narrative should give a brief description of work accomplished with grant funds during the grant period and a statement indicating the impact of the grant on the artist’s career development.   Subsequent grants are dependent upon receipt of complete evaluation reports.

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