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Individual Artist Fellowship

About the Program

The 2015 deadline for the Individual Artist Fellowship Program has been cancelled. As part of the Division’s strategic planning process, we are looking at ways to make the Fellowship Program more relevant, useful and vibrant for Florida’s individual artists. The Division remains committed to effectively serving and supporting Florida's individual artists. In the Division's new Strategic Plan, one of the four key issues addressed is the Value of the Impact of Florida Artists and Elevating their Role as Leaders. By reevaluating the Fellowship Program this year, we seek to improve the support and promotion of Florida artists and their work. 


The Individual Artist Fellowship Program recognizes the creation of new artworks by individuals of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability. Fellowship awards support the general artistic and career advancement of the individual artist. For purposes of this program, a "professional creative artist" is defined as a person who creates, on an ongoing basis, original works of art within an artistic discipline, and is pursuing it as a means of livelihood or for the highest level of professional recognition.

Fellowship awards of $5,000 or $2,500 will be made to artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability based on panel recommendations. The Division may also provide extra performance, exhibition, or publication opportunities for fellowship recipients.

Fellows are required to spend the award in a manner which supports their career or work. Funds must be spent on activities directly related to the advancement of the recipient's artistic career. The fellowship program has been supporting the careers of Florida artists through monetary fellowships since 1976.

There are eight Fellowship discipline categories, and the disciplines open for application alternate every year.

Six disciplines can apply in 2014 for a 2015 fellowship:

  • Choreography
  • Folk & Traditional Arts
  • Interdisciplinary
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Theatre

The two remaining disciplines can apply in 2015 for a 2016 fellowship:

  • Media Arts
  • Visual Arts

View a list of fellowship recipients.

Program Resources


Morgan Lewis