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MacColl Johnson Fellowships

Rhode Island Foundation

The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund, established at the Rhode Island Foundation in 2003, provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIPS

ELIGIBILITY

HOW TO APPLY

AWARDEES

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIPS

The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund, established at the Foundation in 2003, provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle. In all three disciplines, the Fellowships will be awarded to emerging and mid-career Rhode Island artists whose work demonstrates exceptional creativity, rigorous dedication and consistent artistic practice, and significant artistic merit.

The 2016 Fellowships will be awarded to visual artists. Awardee announcements will be made in mid-February 2017. The 2017 Fellowships will be awarded to composers, and the 2018 Fellowships will be awarded to writers.

The significant financial support provided by the Fellowships enables artists to concentrate time on the creative process, focus on personal and professional development, expand their body of work, and explore new directions.

Additionally for 2016, the three visual arts runners up will be awarded the opportunity to participate in a residency at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency. This program will extend the impact of the Fellowships, with funding provided by the Rhode Island Foundation’s Kathryn Johnson Fund.

Daniel Sousa

Daniel Sousa - 2013 MacColl Johnson Fellowship awardee for visual artists

Three finalists will receive a residency stay at Ox-Bow

The MacColl Johnson Fellowships seek to advance the careers of artists who, through seriousness of purpose and active engagement, are committed to their artistic practice.

Although Fellowships are unrestricted, Fellows are expected to devote concentrated time to their work during the term of the Fellowship and engage in activities that further their artistic growth. Examples include the creation of new work, training in technologies or techniques, purchase of equipment or materials, travel, or research and development of artistic endeavors. Fellows will be required to submit a final report documenting activities supported by the Fellowship.

Watch a video from Fellowship awardees of the first 10 years.

The Kathryn Johnson Fund, established at the Rhode Island Foundation in 2014, provides travel and study opportunities – with an emphasis on opportunities for residential retreats – for visual artists.

QUESTIONS? Application and selection are managed by the Alliance of Artists Communities. Questions about eligibility, guidelines, applications, and other details should be directed to the Alliance at grants@artistcommunities.org or 401-351-4320.

Learn more about the Rhode Island Foundation's MacColl Johnson Fellowships and past Fellowship winners at www.rifoundation.org