VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship for Graduate Students

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Amount
Awarded

$6,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

November 6, 2020

Friday
Awarded By:

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. Last year, four fellowships were awarded.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. Must be a current legal resident of Virginia and have been a legal resident for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the application deadline. Students must continue to be legal residents of Virginia during the fellowship period. A legal resident has a valid Virginia driver's license and/or pays income taxes in Virginia and/or is a registered Virginia voter. Students paying in-state tuition to an accredited Virginia college, university, or school of the arts qualify as legal residents of Virginia. If the student is a legal Virginia resident but attends an accredited college, university, or school of the arts outside of the state full time, he/she may still apply.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must demonstrate exceptional creative ability and work or study in one of the following art disciplines: crafts; drawing; film/video; mixed media; new/emerging media; painting; photography; printmaking; sculpture; art history.
  4. This award is for U.S. students.
  5. Must plan to enroll full time for the entire academic year at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts. Half-year fall semester Fellowship awards (worth $3,000) may be considered on a case-by-case basis for full-time students in the final year of a degree program who plan to graduate in December.
  6. Must enroll as a graduate student.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is for U.S. full-time graduate students who have been residents of Virginia for at least 12 months. The applicant must demonstrate artistic ability in one of the following categories: crafts, drawing, film/video, mixed media, new/emerging media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or art history.

Application requirements for the VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship for Graduate Students are:

  • Application form
  • Work sample(s)
  • Resume
  • Official Transcript
Additional Information: The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such, has awarded more than $5 million in fellowships to Virginians. Fellowship applicants' works are reviewed in a blind selection by distinguished jurors. While the juror(s) may request to read the applicant's artist statement, jurors do not see the applicant's information and do not see the applicant's resume. Awards are based solely on artistic merit. Applicants are notified of awards by letter the first week in February. VMFA does not provide written or verbal explanations regarding the awards. Full-time VMFA employees are not eligible. No artist may receive more than three fellowships in any category.

Award Amount: $6,000 annually, non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $6,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, November 6, 2020

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, November 6, 2020

Applications are available online at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) website. Submit before the deadline.
Contact: Jenny Harding
Address: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts 200 N. Blvd. Richmond, Virginia 23220-4007

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