Starting today, metro Detroit artists are invited to apply for a 2022 Kresge Artist Fellowship. Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by Kresge Arts in Detroit at the College for Creative Studies. 

Kresge Arts in Detroit will award 20 fellowships and ten Gilda Awards to artists of all career stages living and working in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties. Kresge Artist Fellowships are $25,000 no strings attached awards, plus professional development support and the creation of a short film highlighting the artist’s work. Fellowships and Gilda Awards will be divided between the two categories—Live Arts and Film & Music—based on the number of applications received in each category. 

Fellowship selection criteria includes: a demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high-quality work, the potential to grow and advance in one’s career, and the potential to reflect, enhance, or impact communities within metro Detroit. 

Artist, author, teacher, and 2020 Kresge Artist Fellowship panelist Toby MacNutt recommends that applicants, “Tell us what you love. Tell us why this matters to you, why you do the work that you do? What do you dream of doing with it as you move forward?” 

Gilda Awards are for artists who are early in their artistic career, gaining momentum, and who demonstrate exceptional potential through creative risk-taking and pushing the boundaries of their chosen art form. The awards honor the legacy of Gilda Snowden (1954–2014), who was one of the 18 inaugural artists to receive a Kresge Artist Fellowship in 2009, and who taught painting at the College for Creative Studies for more than three decades. The same application covers both awards; applicants may opt in to be considered for a Gilda Award. 


Artists working in the following disciplines are eligible to apply: 


Dance, Choreography, Theatre Directing, Playwriting, Performance Art, and Interdisciplinary Work 


Film Directing, Screenwriting, Animation, Music Composition, Music Performance, Sound Art, and Interdisciplinary Work 


Thursday, January 20, 2022 by 11:59 PM EST 

There are no exceptions to this deadline. 

Kresge Artist Fellows receive a tailored professional development experience that provides skill-building, networking, promotional, and coaching opportunities. Produced by Kresge Arts in Detroit, programming is created and delivered in collaboration with local and national artists and arts and culture organizations. Within the catalog of offerings, fellows are encouraged to determine what best suits their goals and definitions of success. Gilda Award recipients are invited to participate in the majority of professional development programming. 

Kresge Artist Fellows and Gilda Award recipients are selected by independent panels of distinguished local and national artists and arts professionals. Previous applicants are strongly encouraged to re-apply, as new panels—with fresh perspectives—are convened each year. 

An informational video pertaining to the application is available on the Kresge Arts in Detroit website. While not required, applicants are encouraged to view the video, which is designed to support artists in creating strong applications. Kresge Arts in Detroit staff will also hold an online question and answer session in January. 


Available now: Instructional video 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022, 5:00-6:30 PM: Application Questions & Answers (online) 

The online Kresge Artist Fellowship application, guidelines, and additional resources are available now at Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on Thursday, January 20, 2022. Please send questions about application requirements to Kresge Arts in Detroit at The Kresge Arts in Detroit office is currently operating remotely, so email is the best way for applicants to contact staff at this time.

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