It starts again! Kresge Visual Arts Fellowship!

It starts again! Kresge Visual Arts Fellowship!

Kresge Arts in Detroit is pleased to announce that emerging and established metropolitan Detroit visual artists can now apply online for a $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship at www.kresgeartsindetroit.org. These fellowships are unprecedented awards devoted exclusively to Detroit area artists and represent The Kresge Foundation’s unwavering support for artists living and working in its hometown.

This year, the fellowships will provide support for 12 visual artists, rewarding creative vision and commitment to excellence within the following disciplines: Art and technology, book arts, ceramics, collage, drawing, fiber, glass, installation, metalwork, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video art and interdisciplinary work that includes at least one of these arts disciplines. Kresge Artist Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies, with professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by ArtServe Michigan.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

KRESGE ARTIST FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
Metro Detroit Visual Artists Are Invited to Apply for $25,000 Awards

Detroit, MI –November 1, 2010

Emerging and established metropolitan Detroit visual artists can now apply for a $25,000 Kresge Artist Fellowship at www.kresgeartsindetroit.org. Kresge Artist Fellowships are funded by The Kresge Foundation and administered by the College for Creative Studies, with professional practice opportunities for the selected fellows provided by ArtServe Michigan.

This year, the fellowships will provide support for 12 visual artists living and working in metropolitan Detroit (Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties) whose commitment to innovation and artistic achievement are evident in the quality of their work. Artists working in the following visual arts disciplines are eligible to apply: Art and technology, book arts, ceramics, collage, drawing, fiber, glass, installation, metalwork, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video art and interdisciplinary work that includes at least one of these arts disciplines.

The College for Creative Studies will host information sessions for those artists interested in applying for a fellowship on Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 1 p.m. and Wednesday, January 12, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. To attend, please RSVP at www.kresgeartsindetroit.org. Applications are only available online and must be completed by February 15, 2011.The 2011 Kresge Artist Fellows will be announced in Summer 2011. Note: Literary and Performing Arts applications are not available until November 1st, 2011.

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 panel of local and national artists and arts professionals.

The Kresge Foundation - The Kresge Foundation is a $3.1 billion private, national foundation that seeks to influence the quality of life for future generations by creating access and opportunity in underserved communities, improving the health of low-income people, supporting artistic expression, increasing college achievement, assisting in the revitalization of Detroit, and advancing methods for dealing with global climate change. The foundation works in six program areas: arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, health, and human services. Kresge Arts in Detroit represents one facet of the foundation’s Detroit Program, a comprehensive community-development framework to strengthen the long-term economic, social and cultural fabric of the city and surrounding area. In 2009, the Board of Trustees approved 404 awards totaling $197 million; $167 million was paid out to grantees over the course of the year. For more information, visit www.kresge.org.

College for Creative Studies - The Kresge Eminent Artist Award and Kresge Artist Fellowships are administered by the Kresge Arts in Detroit office at the College for Creative Studies. The College for Creative Studies (CCS) is an integrated learning community located in Detroit. A private, fully accredited college, CCS enrolls 1,400 students pursuing Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. CCS also offers visual art opportunities for learners of all ages through its Community Arts Partnerships and Continuing Education programs. The Advancing the Creative Spirit campaign enables CCS to provide a world-class art and design curriculum and innovative programming. The $55 million campaign has raised more than $42 million to date, and the College is working hard to keep its promise to the community. For more information, visit www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu.

ArtServe Michigan – ArtServe Michigan is the leading statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening communities by positioning arts, culture and arts education as key contributors to the re-invention of Michigan’s economy. They are committed to developing and supporting the creative and professional potential of artists and other creative practitioners working in Michigan. Through their statewide Creative Many Initiative and their work directing the Professional Practice Opportunities for
Kresge Artist Fellows they offer a portfolio of programs designed to connect practitioners to the knowledge, networks and advocacy needed to help them thrive. ArtServe Michigan provides practical opportunities that stimulate ideas and growth. Their programs focus on four main areas: professional development, networking and dialogue, research and analysis, and awards and recognition. For more information, visit www.artservemichigan.org.

For more information about Kresge Arts in Detroit, visit www.kresgeartsindetroit.org.