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Individual Artist Fellowship Guidelines

To apply for a grant, or for more information, please visit: https://northdakota.cgweb.org.

The Individual Fellowship Program was established to recognize practicing artists residing in North Dakota with a monetary fellowship award. This program is designed to support professional artists with outstanding talent and ability to improve their artistic skills and enhance their career opportunities. Two fellowships of $2,500 are annually awarded. The North Dakota Council on the Arts (NDCA) reserves the right to not award either fellowship, based on panel review.

An applicant will be considered "professional" if they are pursuing their original artwork on an ongoing basis within an artistic discipline, and if they are pursuing it as a means of livelihood, either on a partial or total basis.

Collaborative works will not be accepted. Artists may submit collaborative work as evidence of artistic skill only if the applicant's role in the creation of the work is clearly defined. Works in progress are acceptable with an explanation of the work's goal in the Artist's Statement. The NDCA reserves the right to not forward any application deemed inappropriate for public consumption.

The NDCA reserves the right to use any or all submitted work for promotional purposes. Copyright registration is the sole responsibility of the applicant. A copy of all work submitted will be retained by the NDCA, extra copies will be returned to the applicant if a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided. The applicant must provide an English translation of any support materials or work samples in another language. Applicants should maintain a copy of the application and all work samples submitted to the NDCA.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a fellowship the applicant must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the state of North Dakota as of January 1, 2014 and agree to maintain that residency during the fellowship period.
  • Submit a completed application and samples of work on or before the deadline.
  • Not be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking student during the fellowship period.
  • Samples of work submitted must have been completed within the last three years prior to the application deadline.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Quality and consistency of the applicant's work as evidenced by the sample work submitted.
  • Professional achievement and record of arts activity as reflected in the artist's resume.
  • Future potential impact of the fellowship on the artistic future of the artist and arts development within the state.

Calendar

  • All applications, regardless of discipline, must be submitted no later than May 1, 2014 (submitted electronically by April 30, 11:59pm) (for activities taking place July 1-June 30).
  • May 2014: Applications reviewed by NDCA staff for completeness and eligibility and then prepared for panel review.
  • June 2014: Peer panel review and final selections.
  • June 15, 2014: Letters of notification of fellowship award determination will be sent to all applicants. Fellowship award documents will be mailed to recipients for acceptance of the awards.
  • By July 1, 2014: Release of fellowship award funds upon receipt of signed contracts.
  • July 15, 2015: Final report is due.

Fellowship Schedule

Fellowships awarded will be according to the following schedule:

  • 2015: Visual Art and Media Arts
  • 2016: Music and Literature
  • 2017: Traditional Arts, Dance, and Theatre
  • Music includes: composing, conducting, and performance.
  • Literature includes: poetry, fiction, and children's literature.
  • Dance includes: choreography and performance.
  • Theatre includes: design, musical theatre, and playwriting.
  • Folklife/Traditional Arts includes: traditional crafts and visual art, traditional dance, traditional music, and oral traditions. Note: Only traditional artists are eligible in this discipline. These are artists whose skills have developed without formal instruction or institutional direction and depict an ethnic or geographical art form that has existed for several generations.
  • Visual Arts includes: works of clay, drawing, fiber, glass, graphics, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, photography, plastic, sculpture, wood, painting, and experimental.
  • Media Arts includes: audio, film/video, and screenwriting.

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Application Procedure for Visual Artists

  • Individual Artist Fellowship Grant Application Page (one copy to be mailed in with original signature).
  • Budget Form
  • Documentation Form
  • One page that includes an artist’s statement and a summary of the projected use of the grant funds. Artists MUST include information describing how they will make their work available to the general viewing public in at least two (2) regions of the state. This is a panel requirement.
  • Artist’s current resume.
  • Up to five (5) items of additional documentation including, but not limited to, printed reviews, newspaper feature stories, exhibition catalogs, programs, etc.
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope of correct size and postage if you would like your additional documentation returned; or you may pick up your submitted materials at the NDCA office within 30 days after the grant awards are announced.
  • Submit the above materials and up to ten images of different works of art completed since January 2010. Label images with applicant's name and title of work. The order for on the DVD should correspond with the list included in your application. Be sure your signature is blocked out if it appears in the image.
  • If your work is an installation you may also include one DVD not longer than 5 minutes in length.

Application Procedure for Media Arts

  • Individual Artist Fellowship Grant Application Page (one copy to be mailed in with original signature).
  • Budget Form
  • Documentation Form
  • One page that includes an artist’s statement and a summary of the projected use of the grant funds. Artists MUST include information describing how they will make their work available to the general viewing public in at least two (2) regions of the state. This is a panel requirement.
  • Artist’s current resume.
  • Up to five (5) items of additional documentation including, but not limited to, printed reviews, newspaper feature stories, exhibition catalogs, programs, etc.
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope of correct size and postage if you would like your additional documentation returned; or you may pick up your submitted materials at the NDCA office within 30 days after the grant awards are announced.
  • Submit non-commercial work samples at least one of which has been completed since January 2010.
    - Audio: 1 CD not longer than 10 minutes with the sample of work starting at the beginning. Materials must be labeled with titles of the work and applicant's name.
    - Film and Video: One DVD not longer than 10 minutes in length.
    - Screenwriting: One copy of an entire script or a work in progress.

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Application Procedure for Literary Artists

  • Individual Artist Fellowship Grant Application Page (one copy to be mailed in with original signature).
  • The artist’s statement.
  • The artist’s resume.
  • Support materials. Examples of support materials include, letters of recommendation from professionals in the discipline, catalogs, programs, press clippings, reviews, and articles.
  • One copy of written samples of work. All samples of work must be double-spaced except for poetry, which may be single-spaced. Sample(s) of work should be as follows:
    - Poetry: 3-5 representative works.
    - Fiction: A maximum of 30 pages of a novel, or a maximum of 20 pages of a short story. A one page synopsis may be used to complete the work if the maximum page allowance is not enough.
  • The Sample Works Documentation Form.
  • The projected use of the grant funds, including budget.

Application Procedure for Musical Artists

  • Individual Artist Fellowship Grant Application Page (one copy to be mailed in with original signature).
  • The artist’s statement.
  • The artist’s resume.
  • Support materials. Examples of support materials include the applicants resume, letters of recommendation from professionals in the discipline, catalogs, programs, press clippings, reviews, and articles.
  • Samples of work. Include one CD or DVD with specific tracks identified (the recorded sample(s) of work must start at the beginning of the CD). The CD tracks can be up to 10 minutes in length and must contain excerpts from at least two different compositions. Copy of the written score(s) or lead sheet(s) for each work recorded. Be sure to mark on the written scores where the excerpts are located.
  • The Sample Works Documentation Form.
  • The projected use of the grant funds, including budget.

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Application Procedure for Dance

  • Individual Artist Fellowship Grant Application Page (one copy to be mailed in with original signature).
  • The artist’s statement and, a no more than one-page summary of the projected use of grant funds.
  • Support materials. Examples of support materials include the applicants resume, letters of recommendation from professionals in the discipline, catalogs, programs, press clippings, reviews, and articles. Examples can be uploaded or mailed into NDCA.
  • Sample Works Documentation Form.

Performance:

  • Submit in DVD several examples of the applicant work, not to exceed ten (10) min to demonstrate the artistic level and variety of the performer’s repertoire.

Choreography:

  • Submit in DVD several examples of the applicant work, not to exceed ten (10) min a one page typed screening note that includes the title, date of the performance, any sound credits and the length of the actual work. If the applicant is the performer, note that as well.

Application Procedure for Theatre

  • Individual Artist Fellowship Grant Application Page (one copy to be mailed in with original signature).
  • The artist’s statement and, a no more than one-page summary of the projected use of grant funds. The artist's statement should include the name of any performers, instrumentation, and the source of any special effects used. If the performer is the applicant, please list as “Applicant” and do not use your name.
  • Support materials. Examples of support materials include the applicants resume, letters of recommendation from professionals in the discipline, catalogs, programs, press clippings, reviews, and articles. Examples can be uploaded or mailed into NDCA.
  • Sample Works Documentation Form.

Directors/Performers:

  • Submit in DVD format several examples of the applicant’s work, not to exceed ten (10) min, along with a one page typed explanation to include the title of the work and the date of the performance.

Set/Costume design:

  • Submit images (no more than 10) that show the quality, variety and uniqueness of the applicant’s design work, along with the corresponding numbered list of productions. Do not announce the name of the applicant. In addition, there must not be any information identifying the applicant on the written score(s) or lead sheet(s).

Lighting Design:

  • Images or schematic drawings (no more than 10) to show equipment installation and lighting results, as well as a one page typed explanation of the relationship between the play and the lighting design.

Playwright:

  • Upload fifteen-twenty (15-20) pages of a completed work. This should be accompanied by a one page typed summary giving the year of completion and information on any actual production of the play. If this is Musical Theater, the applicant must submit one copy of the libretto, score, book, and CD music sample.

Application Procedure of Traditional Arts

  • Individual Artist Fellowship Grant Application Page (one copy to be mailed in with original signature).
  • The artist’s statement and, a no more than one-page summary of the projected use of grant funds.
  • Support materials. Examples of support materials include the applicants resume, letters of recommendation from professionals in the discipline, catalogs, programs, press clippings, reviews, and articles. Examples can be uploaded or mailed into NDCA.
  • Sample Works Documentation Form.

Crafts/Visual Art:

  • Submit up to ten (10) images of different works of art completed since January 2010.
  • Label images with artist name and tile of work.

Traditional Dance:

  • Submit one DVD no longer than ten (10) min in length that provides a view of the variety and quality of the applicant’s work.

Music/Oral Traditions:

  • Submit one CD no longer than ten (10) minutes in length or a cued VHS tape with samples of the applicant’s work.

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Final Evaluation (Final Reports are required)

  • Submit a brief description and documentation (including budget) of the work accomplished with grant funds during the grant period by July 15.
  • Include a statement regarding the impact of the fellowship on the artistic future of the artist and the impact on arts development within North Dakota with the above description.
  • Include information describing how the artist will make their work available to the general viewing public in at least two regions of the state. This is a panel requirement.

Assistance

Call (701) 328-7592 or e-mail bklingenstein@nd.gov with any questions.

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NDCA Artist in Residence Program

North Dakota's Artist in Residence (AIR) Program is part of the Arts in Education Program and provides matching funds for schools and other non-profit organizations to bring artists into North Dakota schools (for pre-school through grade 12) to conduct residencies of three days or longer. Residencies include such activities as lecture/demonstrations, workshops, classroom projects, and community events. Residencies occur primarily during regular school hours at a school facility or after school. Residencies are designed to provide students, teachers and community members with hands-on experiences and personal interactions with working artists.

Artists may apply for inclusion to the Artist in Residence roster by submitting an artist application to the North Dakota Council on the Arts or partnering with a North Dakota school or non-profit organization willing to participate in the Artist in Residence Program. Applicants are encouraged to correlate their proposals to the educational goals for North Dakota students as established by the North Dakota State Content and Achievement Standards.

If you are interested in joining the NDCA's Artist-in-Residence roster contact the Arts in Education Director at (701) 328-7593 or rengelman@nd.gov.

 
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