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November 3, 2009

Individual Artist Fellowships Available

NASHVILLE - - Individual Artist Fellowships are available from the Tennessee Arts Commission for Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011).  Application must be submitted electronically, and must be received by Monday, January 25, 2010 by 4:30 p.m. (CST).  The printed application and required documents must also be postmarked or hand delivered the Tennessee Arts Commission on that date.

The award provides fellowships to outstanding artists who live and work in Tennessee.  No matching funds are required and no specific project has to be carried out with the funds.  The Commission anticipates that each fellowship will be $5,000.

In the coming year, the Commission may award up to two fellowships in each of the discipline categories.  Categories for the fellowships include: Craft; Dance (performance); Literary (fiction/creative nonfiction and poetry); Media (film, video, and photography); Music (instrumental performance); Theater (acting and design); and Visual Art (three-dimensional).

Fellowship applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be legal residents of Tennessee at the time of application with a permanent Tennessee mailing address.  Individuals may apply in only one fellowship category each fiscal year.  Those artists who have received full or partial fellowships in the past may not reapply for a fellowship.

This award is designed to recognize professional artists – individuals who either by education, experience, or natural talent engage in a particular art form or discipline.

For more information, contact the appropriate program director:

Music, Dance and Theater                Hal Partlow -  615-532-9801
                                                            e-mail: hal.partlow@tn.gov

Visual Arts, Craft, and Media           Julie Horn – 615-532-9798
                                                            e-mail: Julie.horn@tn.gov

Literary Arts                                      Lee Baird – 615-532-0493     
                                                            e-mail:  lee.baird@tn.gov

Guidelines, application forms, and other information on Individual Artist Fellowships are available on the Commission’s Web site: www.arts.state.tn.us.


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