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Emerging Studio Artist Fellowship for Spring 2018 | Deadline 1.1.18

The Emerging Studio Artist Fellowship seeks to support the early professional careers of emerging visual artists to foster the creation of new work through mentorship. The fellowship is ten weeks and open to artists between the ages of 25 to 45 residing in Boston and working in disciplines such as acrylic, oil, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, mixed media/collage, digital photography and/or sculpture (wax, plasticine, alabaster). Artists are immersed in a supportive and thriving environment with access to a world-renowned encyclopedic collection. Artists are expected to be self-motivated, responsive to criticism and are encouraged to challenge themselves to explore and develop their own creative abilities. Through an open call, artists must submit an application, resume, artist statement, short essay introducing their work and why the fellowship would be beneficial, five to ten examples of work and a letter of recommendation. The application and review process is composed of a panel of artists, educators and arts professionals representing a range of aesthetic perspectives. Artists will be considered based on their creative ability and promise with a focus on diversity and economic need. There is no fee to apply or participate. Transportation, housing, food and supplies are not provided.

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Professional Development Artists are given complimentary and priority registration in up to three studio art classes (studio partner classes Stonybrook, Eliot and Diablo are not eligible) of the artist’s choice during the selected season and the opportunity to attend complimentary studio art workshops.  Artists are responsible for providing their own supplies. Artists are welcome to attend scheduled free public programs such as Gallery Talks, Gallery Tours, Spotlight Talks, and Artist Demonstrations at the MFA. 

Membership - Artists receive a complimentary one-year membership with free admission to the Museum, plus discounts on dining, shopping, parking, and discounted tickets to lectures, concerts, films and other programs and events.

Mentorship - Artists work one-on-one with a mentor of their choice – (pre-approved Studio Art instructor) - for critique and professional guidance. The artist describes their goals, the work they intend to create and its personal and critical contexts. Mentors are required to meet with the artist at least three times during the selected season, with each meeting lasting at least 90 minutes. Mentor/artist meetings may take place at the MFA, the artist’s and/or mentor’s studio, and artists must bring work to be discussed to all meetings.

Community Engagement - Artists are expected to be a guest artist during at least one teen portfolio development class to offer critiques and guidance.

Resources – Artists will receive resources and information on where to find call for art postings, grant opportunities, how to obtain your artist certificate with the City of Boston, where to find studio space etc.



A three-person jury will consist of one studio art administrator, one studio art instructor, and one education department staff person. Each jury member will independently review applications and recommend two or three candidates. Jury members will meet to discuss candidates and agree on two finalists. Those two final candidates will be invited for an interview with the jury. The jury will then choose one artist per season to receive the fellowship.



Artists will be reviewed based on their creative ability, interest in advancing their artistic career, previous participation in gallery exhibitions, potential of work to evolve, and their interest in the use and inspiration of the Collection. Priority will be given to candidates that express economic need, and/or with backgrounds of underrepresented/diverse populations.



November 1, 2017 - Spring 2018 Call for Artists Released

January 1, 2018 - Call for Artists Closed

January 2018 - Jury Reviews Applications & Interviews Candidates

February 1, 2018 - Artist Selection and Notification

February 8, 2018 - Artist Class Enrollment

March 1, 2018 - Artist Selection of Mentor

March 25, 2018 - Fellowship Begins

March 25-April 8, 2018 - Mentor Meeting #1

April 29- May 13, 2018 - Mentor Meeting #2

June 1-17, 2018 - Mentor Meeting #3

June 17, 2018 - Fellowship Ends