Visual Arts Fellowship

VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and has awarded more than $4 million in fellowships to Virginians.

The Fellowship Program was established in 1940 through a generous contribution made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg.

Offered through the VMFA Education and Statewide Partnerships Division, fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, supplemented by annual gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation, the J. Warwick McClintic Jr. Scholarship Fund, and the VMFA Foundation’s Annual Giving Fund.

Application Form

2011 – 12 Visual Arts Fellowships application form (Please read the directions below before completing and returning your application.)

Eligibility for Visual Arts Fellowship

You are eligible to apply if you are an undergraduate or graduate student or a professional artist (not seeking a degree at the time of the application deadline or during the grant period, August 2011 – May 2012) who agrees to reside in the state during the grant period.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, as well as current legal residents of Virginia or registered in-state students. Professionals must have been residents for at least 24 consecutive months and students for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to this application.

Applicants must be able to provide verification of residency upon request. Students must be enrolled, or planning to be enrolled, full time for the entire academic year at an accredited college, university, or school of the arts.

Partial fellowship awards may be considered on a case-by-case basis for full-time students in the last semester of a degree program.

Note :  Recipients of a VMFA Professional Fellowship after July 2006 and full-time VMFA employees are not eligible. No artist may receive more than three fellowships in any category.

Deadline for Visual Arts Fellowship :

Mailed applications must be postmarked by Friday, November 12, 2010. Hand-delivered applications must be brought to the main entrance of the Pauley Center on the west side of the museum campus by 4:30 pm, Friday, November 12, 2010.

The museum does not accept application materials via fax or other electronic means. Late applications will not be considered.

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