Fellowships encourage the creative development of artists by enabling them to set aside time to pursue their work and achieve specific creative and career goals. Fellowships are highly competitive awards. Artists are encouraged to apply when they have created a substantial body of work that they are prepared to present in a professional manner. Artists interested in applying for a Fellowship Award should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- You must be A United States citizen or Green Card holder and a current,
legal resident of the State of Rhode Island. You must have established
legal residence in Rhode Island for a minimum of twelve consecutive
months prior to the date of application and you must be a current legal
resident of the State of Rhode Island at the time that grant funds are
disbursed. Rhode Island State Law (§44-30-5) defines a "resident"
as someone "who is domiciled in this state" or "who is
not domiciled in this state but maintains a permanent place of abode
in this state and is in this state for an aggregate of more than one
hundred eighty-three (183) days of the taxable year. If an individual
selected for a grant award is no longer a resident of the State of Rhode
Island when funds are to be disbursed, the grant award may be withdrawn.
- RISCA staff, Council and their spouses and immediate relatives are
ineligible to apply for RISCA funds.
- Fellowship grant recipients will be ineligible to apply in the same
category for two deadlines following receipt of an award (example, if
you apply on October 1, 2010 and receive a grant, you may not apply
again until October 1, 2013). Recipients of Fellowship Merit Awards
may apply at subsequent deadlines. Recipients of previous grants in
any category may not apply unless all final reports for previous grants
have been submitted.
- Applicants are eligible to apply in more than one category provided
they have sufficient work and submit entirely different applications
and work for each discipline. Different excerpts from the same piece
do not constitute separate work. Support Materials or materials used
as the basis for awarding a past Fellowship or Merit Award may not be
used in a new application in any Fellowship category.
- Applicants may only submit work created and completed within the three
years prior to the date of application (with the exception of Film &
Fellowships are offered annually in the following categories:
April 1 deadline :
Film & Video
October 1 deadline:
Drawing & Printmaking
(Note: The Design Fellowship has been replaced with the Design Innovation Grant)
The applicant makes the final decision as to the category of application. Further information about the categories and the supporting document/material requirements are listed below.
• All application materials are reviewed by staff to determine compliance with eligibility and submission requirements (see Eligibility section above and Supporting Document Requirements below). Council staff may call upon applicants or grantees to furnish proof of their eligibility.
• A panel consisting of one in-state member, one out-of-state member and a third regional (not to exclude Rhode Island) member chosen for their involvement, mastery, or accomplishments in a particular arts discipline reviews each applicant’s artistic support materials. RISCA employs a “blind review” process designed to protect the anonymity of the applicant and to guarantee assessment purely on the basis of the artistic merit of the artworks submitted.
• The panel will recommend a Fellowship Winner and a Fellowship Merit Award Winner. Panels are strongly encouraged to recommend awards, but reserve the right to decline to make a recommendation, if they feel that no application warrants a fellowship or a merit award.
• The panel’s recommendations are presented to the Council for approval.
Applications will be evaluated on the basis of artistic quality, as defined within the context of each individual arts discipline (and by traditionality, in the case of applicants for the Folk Arts Fellowship). Since panels assess Fellowship applications solely on the review of support materials such as manuscripts, jpegs, and recordings, applicants should submit the best quality support materials possible. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that support materials are prepared and submitted adequately to RISCA for panel review.
One $5000 Fellowship and one $1000 Fellowship Merit Award are granted in each discipline annually. The Council reserves the right to increase or decrease either the amount or the number of awards granted in any given year. RISCA grant awards are always contingent upon the availability of funds from the General Assembly of the State of Rhode Island and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Fellowship applications must be submitted online and all artistic support materials must be either received online or by hardcopy (see requirements according to discipline under Supporting Document Requirements below) in the RISCA offices by no later than the close of business (4:30pm) on April 1 or October 1, (see Categories above). During months when the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be 4:30 PM on the next business day. Late or incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
How to Apply
- You must apply through our online application system. Click here to register and access applications.
- Support materials must be submitted online, with the exception of film and video. All materials must be submitted online or received in the RISCA offices by 5:00pm on the deadline date. See instructions for submitting artistic support materials according to each discipline below.
- Applicants must include a copy of their resume or CV with their Fellowship application. This can be uploaded to the online system.
Work Samples (required)
Please submit all visual art support materials in the form of 8-10 jpegs uploaded to the online system. Written material must be submitted online as pdf documents.
- No original or single editions of works will be accepted.
- The applicant must submit work that has been created within the three years prior to the date of application (with the exception of film and video, choreography and music composition, which must be completed within the past five years).
- All work submitted for review must be complete and not a work-in-progress. The applicant must be the primary creative force behind the work. Consequently, no other artist may submit the same piece as support material at this deadline or in any future RISCA application. Artists can submit the same support materials for a Fellowship and a Project Grant for Individuals if they are applying for both. Artists may not submit the same support materials for Fellowship applications in two different disciplines. To apply for more than one Fellowship Award, applicants must submit completely different artworks for each application.
- Please be aware that your work will be viewed one image at a time, in the order you have designated. Images should be numbered and arranged in accordance with the List of Work Samples Submitted. For each item please list the title, medium, dimensions, year of completion, and additional information as required below. If any other clarification about each artwork is necessary for the panel to understand what they are seeing or hearing, no more than one line per image may be added for clarification. (For example, if a painting is on a three-dimensional surface or if a musical composition incorporates sections of improvisation, that may be briefly noted.)
Support materials must be prepared according to the specifications listed below. As the review process is completely anonymous, the fellowship applicant's name must not be embedded within any images or sound files that the panel will review.
- Choreography may include any dance discipline (such as modern dance, ballet, hip-hop, Latin dance, etc), but must consist of a deliberately composed dance sequence, which is part of a meaningful whole. The Choreography Fellowship awards accomplishment in the art of choreography rather than dance. Submit two to three works completed within the past three years. For longer works, it is recommended that applicants submit a 10-15 minute segment of the strongest portion of the work/s, which the panel will view first. Applicants are encouraged to also submit the full length piece/s in case the panel wishes to view them in their entirety. Work must be submitted on DVD. On the List of Work Samples Submitted section of the application, the applicant should include a complete numbered listing of the choreographed works including title, year of completion, duration of total piece as well as cued section, number of performers, and the title and composer of the musical score if applicable.
- Crafts (including, but not exclusively, the manipulation of materials such as clay, wood, metals, fiber, glass, etc.): Submit a minimum of 8, maximum of 10, jpegs, up to 2MB each. Detail or installation views may be included, however the application may not exceed 10 images total.
- Drawing and Printmaking (such as pencil, ink, charcoal, conte crayon, pastels, lithography, aquatint, mezzotint, woodcut, linocut, etching, intaglio, monotype, silk-screen, and all other printmaking techniques): Submit a minimum of 8, maximum of 10, jpegs, up to 2MB each. Detail or installation views may be included, however the application may not exceed 10 images total.
- Film and Video: Submit one to two works, completed within the past five years. Work must be submitted on DVD. On the List of Work Samples Submitted section of the application please indicate the title, year of completion, any special techniques used and the applicant's role/s in each film. The name of the applicant should not appear within the films themselves - please block out your name in the opening and closing credits. Discs must be received at the RISCA offices by 5pm on the deadline day.
- Support materials for Poetry, Fiction and Play/Screenwriting must be submitted as pdf attachments to the online system. (The pdf option is located within your computer's print menu. If you do not have a pdf option on your computer, please go to http://www.freepdfconvert.com/ for a free pfd conversion service.)
- Poetry: YOUR NAME CANNOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ON YOUR MANUSCRIPT. Manuscripts should consist of a maximum of 15 pages. Manuscripts should be presented in professionally formatted, typewritten form; photocopies from journals or books will not be accepted. Indicate on the List of Work Samples Submitted section of the application whether the work is part of a larger text, part of a series, a complete manuscript, etc.
- Fiction: YOUR NAME CANNOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ON YOUR MANUSCRIPT. Manuscripts should consist of a maximum of 30 pages of a complete work, excerpt of a novel, or short stories. Work should be double-spaced, with 1" page margins and 12pt font. Indicate on the List of Work Samples Submitted section of the application whether the work is part of a larger text, part of a series, a complete manuscript, etc.
- Playwriting/Screenwriting: YOUR NAME CANNOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ON YOUR MANUSCRIPT. Manuscripts should consist of a complete full-length play or screenplay. Manuscripts should be presented in professionally formatted, typewritten form; photocopies from journals or books will not be accepted. *For all literature applicants: RISCA encourages applications in literature, including the submission of work in languages other than English. However, if non-English literary works are submitted, the applicant must also provide an English translation of each work, along with information identifying the translator.
- Music Composition: Submit a minimum of two, maximum of three, musical works representing original compositions completed within the past 5 years. Corresponding musical scores may be scanned and uploaded to the Written Documents section of the online application. THE NAME OF THE COMPOSER SHOULD NOT APPEAR ANYWHERE ON THE MUSICAL SCORES, but should be written directly on the compact disc.
- New Genres: This category includes work that does not fall within the other Fellowship categories. New Genres may integrate more than one arts discipline, work may be interactive or incorporate new technologies and innovative processes. It includes, but is not limited to: performance art, conceptual modes, audio art (other than music composition), multi-media works and other experimental interdisciplinary art forms. The applicant must be the primary artistic force behind the work, not a performer or interpreter of the work of another artist. Applicants should submit documentation of a minimum of two, maximum of three performance pieces (including music, dance, film, etc) on DVD or CD. Visual art should be submitted as up to 15 jpegs. New Genres is the only Fellowship Category that may include a written statement within the application. The purpose of this statement is to clarify the scope and nature of works submitted and may not include personal information or an artistic statement.
- Painting (such as oil, acrylic, tempera, encaustic, watercolor, and gouache): Submit a minimum of 8, maximum of 10, jpegs, up to 2MB each. Detail or installation views may be included, however the application may not exceed 10 images total.
- Photography: Submit a minimum of 8, maximum of 10, jpegs, up to 2MB each. Detail or installation views may be included, however the application may not exceed 10 images total.
- Three-Dimensional Art (such as sculpture and environmental work): Submit a minimum of 8, maximum of 10, jpegs, up to 2MB each. Detail or installation views may be included, however the application may not exceed 10 images total.
Fellowship Award Requirements:
Credit to RISCA:
Recipients must acknowledge, in a prominent manner, RISCA support in all materials and announcements, both audio and visual related to the performance or exhibition of work created as a result of their support from RISCA. (e.g., "This project is supported in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts".) Recipients must also display, in a prominent manner, the RISCA logo in association with the acknowledgment. The RISCA logo can be found here: http://www.arts.ri.gov/grants/logos/
Sharing Your Work With the Public
Award recipients should also post events in Rhode Island that present their work (grant related and otherwise) to the RISCA Arts Calendar at: http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/what-to-see/the-arts-calendar/submit-an-event/
All applicants receiving RISCA grants must complete a final report on forms provided by RISCA (these forms are available on the RISCA web site, at http://www.arts.ri.gov/forms and a link to final report forms will appear online when applicants sign into the system after grant awards have been announced). Grant reports must be submitted within thirty (30) days of the completion of the grant period (usually no later than July 30), but can be submitted upon completion of the project. All grantees are subject to periodic audit or review by RISCA or the State of Rhode Island and must retain fiscal records for a period of seven (7) years following completion of the grant period.
RISCA recommends that individuals concerned about tax liability regarding their grant award follow the advice of their accountant.
Limits of Liability
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is not responsible for damage or loss of materials submitted to its office, whether or not such damage or loss is caused by negligence of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, its employees or agents. All Support Materials submitted must be duplications of works. No original or single editions of works will be accepted.
Support Materials will be mailed back to an applicant only if a self-addressed, stamped envelope with sufficient postage is provided (with the exception of manuscripts which will not be returned). Support Materials from applications without a self-addressed stamped envelope will be held for sixty (60) days following the award decision and may be picked up during normal business hours, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, at the Council offices. The Support Materials (or a copy thereof) from funded applications become the property of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts; ownership and copyright of the actual work remain with the applicant.