Division of the Arts opens fellowship, writers retreat applications

June 23, 2022

The Division of the Arts’ Fiscal Year 2023 Artist Fellowship application period is now open with a submission deadline of Monday, Aug. 1. 

A new discipline, Visual Arts: Interdisciplinary, will be offered for work that combines two or more fellowship arts disciplines, which are media arts, crafts, painting, photography, sculpture and works on paper. Masters applications will be accepted in visual arts and folk arts from artists who have been awarded an established fellowship prior to January 2016 in the same discipline.

Artist fellowships are awarded to Delaware artists on a competitive basis for quality as demonstrated by creativity and skill in an art form. Applications are accepted in 20 artistic disciplines in the fields of choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music and visual arts.

Fellowships are designed to enable recipients to purchase equipment and materials, allocate working time or fulfill other needs that will allow them to advance their careers, excluding foreign travel and lobbying. Fellowship recipients are required to present examples of their work to the public during their fellowship year. Applicants select between emerging or established categories. The Masters Fellowship is available in select disciplines on a three-year rotating basis to artists who meet specific criteria. 

The division is also planning to host its writers’ retreat in person, Thursday to Sunday, Nov. 3 to 6, at the University of Delaware’s Virden Center in Lewes. Leading the workshops for this low-cost, multi-day retreat for Delaware creative writers will be Tara Campbell and Chet’la Sebree. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m., Friday, July 15. The application process is competitive, and participants will be chosen based on the merit of their writing submissions. Applicants must submit either poetry or prose. Work samples will be juried in an anonymous review process to select up to 20 attendees from the pool of applicants split between poetry and prose.

The retreat fee for selected participants is $325, which includes a private room and most meals. Each room contains a bed, desk, small refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker. This is a tobacco-free facility. For both opportunities, applicants must be 18 years or older and not currently enrolled in a degree- or certificate-granting program. Applicants must have been Delaware residents for at least one year. 

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