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New York Foundation for the Arts Invites Applications for 2012 New York State Artists’ Fellowships

Deadline: December 15, 2011 (Painting and Fiction); and December 16, 2011 (Interdisciplinary, Folk/Traditional. Video)

For the past twenty-six years, the New York Foundation for the Arts ( ) has annually awarded unrestricted $7,000 Artists’ Fellowships to individual originating artists living in New York State and/or Indian Nations located in New York State.

Grants are awarded in fifteen artistic disciplines, with applications accepted in five categories each year. The categories for 2011-12 cycle are Painting, Fiction, Interdisciplinary Work, Folk/Traditional Arts, and Video/Film. Painting applicants also have the option to apply for the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, which will provide two painters with an award of $20,000 each.

Peer review panels select up to one hundred fellows each year based on artistic vision, the goal being to provide recipients with creative time to continue making work. The fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. NYFA is committed to supporting New York State artists of diverse cultural, sexual, and ethnic backgrounds. NYFA does not discriminate based on age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or ability/disability of artists, and welcomes work whose content reflects the lived experiences of the applicants.

To be eligible for a fellowship, applicants must be 25 years old or older and have been a resident of New York State for at least three years prior to the application deadline. Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program of any kind.

Collaborating artists should apply together with one application. A collaboration is defined as up to three artists who can clearly demonstrate an ongoing collaborative career.

In 2011, NYFA awarded one hundred and four fellowships and recognized sixteen finalists.

The application deadlines are as follows: December 15, 2011 (Painting and Fiction); and December 16, 2011 (Interdisciplinary Work, Folk/Traditional Arts, and Video/Film).

Visit the NYFA Web site for complete fellowship guidelines and the application form.

Link to Complete RFP

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