The Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF) is a program established by the George Kaiser Family Foundation to enhance the local art scene by retaining and recruiting artists to Tulsa. The Tulsa Artist Fellowship provides an unrestricted stipend, free housing and work-space in Tulsa, Oklahoma to US Resident artists. Given the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa, some fellowship spots will be reserved for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists. The Fellows are expected to integrate into the local arts community such as studio and collection visits. These and other activities will introduce the artists to the many treasures at Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art and beyond. The artists will live and work in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District, participating in the local arts community. Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, with a one-year term with the option to renew for a second year. In the first class, the fellowship will focus on Public and/or Gallery Oriented Visual Arts.

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship provides unrestricted awards between $15,000 and $40,000 for artists in different stages of their career. In addition, the TAF will provide free housing and work-space in Tulsa, Oklahoma for non-resident fellows and early career fellows. All non-resident fellows will be required to live in the provided housing.

Types of Fellows & Awards

TAF intends to award up to 15 fellowships in Year One. The fellowship seeks to obtain a diverse mix of local and national artists at different stages in their career. There will be reserved fellowship spots for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists. Awards will differ based on stage of career of the artist. The fellowship will include free housing and work space. Local Tulsa artists in the mid-career category are not guaranteed free housing. The TAF Coordinating Committee reserves the right to award up to 15 fellowships but there is a possibility that no fellowships will be awarded in any of the categories in the program.

The Fellowships will be of two basic types:

  • Early Career Artists:  Award of a $15,000 unrestricted stipend with free private housing and work-space in Year One.  Year Two is optional and will include a stipend of $7500 plus free housing and work-space. If the Fellow wants to stay in Tulsa, the housing and work-space can be retained for a 3rd year for $500/month total.
  • Mid Career Artists:  Award of a $25,000 unrestricted stipend with free private housing and work-space in Year One.  Year Two is optional and will include a stipend of $15,000 plus free housing and work-space. If the Fellow wants to stay in Tulsa, the housing and work-space can be retained for a 3rd year for $500/month total.

The early- and mid-career categories emphasize the goals of the program. Artists who do not fall precisely into these categories should consider whether their artistic practice fits the goals of the program and use their best judgment.

Timeline

  • Release Call for Entries: December 1, 2014
  • Application Deadline: April 3, 2015
  • Selections Announced: July 1, 2015
  • Move into apartments, Fellowship begins: January 4, 2016



Deadline: 04-03-2015
George Kaiser Family Foundation
Tulsa, OK

Contact: Julia White
email: taf@gkff.org
Phone: 918.574.2421
Website: www.gkff.org/taf

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