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Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Established by the Tulsa Artist Fellowship in 2015 to cultivate Tulsa's art community through retention of local artists and the recruitment of national artists to Tulsa.

Each year TAF awards fellowships to visual and literary artists in various stages of their careers practicing in a variety of mediums. TAF awards fellowship positions to between five and fifteen artist in both cohorts: Visual Arts and Writing.

A number of Fellowship awards are reserved for Alaskan Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists given the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa and the State of Oklahoma. TAF looks to the Indian Arts and Crafts act of 1990 as guideline in awarding Native American artists Fellowships.

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship enhances Tulsa's art scene by providing resources such as an unrestricted stipend of $20,000 to visual and literary artists. Visual Artists are also provided with a private work space. Both visual artists and literary artists are provided with GKFF housing within the Brady Arts District.

The Visual Arts cohort is a one year fellowship with the option to renew up to three years.

The Writers cohort is a two year fellowship with the option to renew for a third.


Tulsa, Oklahoma: United States

Located in the heart of Tulsa's art and entertainment neighborhood, the Brady Arts District.


  • Residency Length: Visual Arts: one year with an option to renew up to three years. Wirters: two years with an option to renew for a third year.
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 12
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 15
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 150


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Must be 21 years of age by the first day of the Fellowship.

    Must pass a background check.

    Must commit to being physically present in Tulsa 75% of the Fellowship term.

  • Application deadline: March 01
  • Application Ongoing: No

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Alice Leora Briggs, Crystal Campbell, Reana Detrixhe, Molly Dilworth, Akiko Jackson, Gary Kachadourian, Monty Little, Christopher Ramsay, Clarissa Rizal, Eric Sall, Nick Vaughan, Nathan Young.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Pets Allowed, Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
    Partners must undergo a background check prior to moving into the housing provided by George Kaiser Family Foundation.
  • Accessibility: no
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Digital media, Exhibition / Installation, Painting, Photography (digital), Theater, Sculpture, Woodworking

Stipends / other support

Visual Arts: $20,000 for first year with the option to renew up to three years. The unrestricted stipend is reduced to $12,500 for second year and again to $7,500 in the third year. Private studio space. Private housing is offered to non-Tulsa residents and is a case-by-case for Tulsa residents. Housing is offered up to three years if the fellowship is extended past the first year. Writers: $20,000 for first year, $12,500 for the second year and an option to renew up to three years with an unrestricted stipend of $7,500. Private studio space. Private housing is offered to non-Tulsa residents and is a case-by-case for Tulsa residents. Housing is offered up to three years if the fellowship is extended past the first year. Community resources are also provided and are based on individual needs. Resources that have been provided in the past are: Memberships to Tulsa's FabLab, access to the University of Tulsa's research library. Year-long memberships to the Philbrook Museum and the Gilcrease Museum. Access to co-working space at 36 Degrees North. Ability to adjunct at University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University, University of Oklahoma, Tulsa Community College.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Although the stipend is unrestricted, TAF requires each fellow to integrate into the program community and into the larger Tulsa arts community through open studios, workshops, panel discussion, art talks, First Friday's, etc. TAF requires at least four community touch points each year during the fellowship. Touch points within the community is left to discretion of the fellow.

Contact Information

203 N. Main Street
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
United States