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Tulsa Artist Fellowship

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF) provides an unrestricted award of $20,000 for visual and literary artists for one year. In addition to the unrestricted award, TAF provides free housing, studio space to visual artists and co-working space to literary artists in the heart of Tulsa’s vibrant arts and entertainment district.

Given the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa, designated fellowship spots will be reserved for Alaska Native, Native American and Native Hawaiian artists.

Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, with a one-year term.

Artists at any stage of their careers are encouraged to apply.

Fellowships begin January 2019.

Between 5 and 15 fellowships will be awarded each year
The fellowship seeks to obtain a diverse mix of local and national visual and literary artists at different stages in their careers
The fellowship includes free housing in the Tulsa Arts District

Artists must be 21 years of age
Artists must be a US Resident
Artists must pass a background check


Tulsa, Oklahoma: United States

The Tulsa Arts District in Tulsa, OK.


  • 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

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 and Literary Artists: $20,000 for first year with an option to renew, housing and workspace. 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 Fridays, etc.

Contact Information

109 North Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard East
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
United States