Kresge Arts in Detroit provides significant financial support for Kresge Artist Fellowships annually, each consisting of a $25,000 award and professional practice opportunities for emerging and established metropolitan Detroit artists in the dance/music, film/theatre, literary arts and visual arts.

The Kresge Artist Fellowships are given to artists whose commitment to artistic achievement, in contemporary or traditional forms, is evident in the quality of their work. The fellowships recognize creative vision and commitment to excellence within a wide range of artistic disciplines, including artists who have been classically and academically trained, self-taught artists and artists whose art forms have been passed down through cultural and traditional heritage.

Kresge Arts in Detroit is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. The fellows are selected through an open, competitive process as judged by an independent fellowship panel.

The Kresge Artist Fellowships of $25,000 each are unrestricted and given annually to artists who have:

  • A demonstrated track record of artistic achievement and high quality work – the main determinant in the selection of a fellow
  • The potential to grow and advance in their artistic career and during the fellowship period
  • The potential to reflect, enhance or impact communities within metropolitan Detroit, as defined by the artist

Artists who collaborate with other artists, and who have an on-going demonstrated history of collaborative work, ARE permitted to apply under one collaborative application.

2015 – In 2015, nine fellowships will be awarded in the literary arts and nine fellowships will be awarded in the visual arts. 2016 – In 2016, nine fellowships will be awarded in dance/music, and nine fellowships will be awarded in film/theatre. Artists must be residents of Metro Detroit for 2 years prior to application.

LITERARY- Arts criticism in all categories (including dance/music, film/theatre, literary and visual arts), creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, spoken word and interdisciplinary work (including experimental work, graphic novels, zines and other hybrid forms).

VISUAL- Art and technology, book arts, ceramics, collage, drawing, fiber, glass, installation, metalwork, painting, photography, performance art, printmaking, sculpture, video art and interdisciplinary work (including experimental work and other hybrid forms).

DANCE/MUSIC- Choreography, dance, music (composers and performers in all genres, sound art and interdisciplinary work.

FILM/THEATRE- Directing (film and theatre), playwriting and screenwriting. All genres of film and theatre will be accepted.

Download the Guide to Apply HERE


All information has been taken from the Kresge Arts website.