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Iowa Artist Fellowship Program

The Iowa Artist Fellowship provides support to individual artists who demonstrate exceptional creativity in the arts and a commitment to contributing to the vitality of the arts in Iowa. The program advances the artistic careers of Iowans through funding and professional development. Fellowship recipients exemplify the following program priorities:

  • Excellence and Innovation: Artwork achieves unique artistic vision through highly creative means in concept and form exemplifying excellence or innovation in the field.
  • Career Readiness: Artist is at a pivotal stage in artistic career and committed to advancing artistic practice.
  • Public Value: Artist contributes to the vitality of arts in Iowa by actively engaging Iowans through artistic practice.
Funding for the program is made possible by an annual appropriation by the Iowa Legislature to the Iowa Arts Council, which exists within the Iowa Economic Development Authority, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Who Qualifies?
  • Individual artists 25 years or older who are current, full-time Iowa residents and have been full-time Iowa residents since February 1, 2021.
  • Applicants must be originating, non-interpretive artists working in any artistic discipline(s) including visual arts, performing arts, filmmaking, music, or creative writing.
How Do I Apply?
  • Applicants must submit an Intent to Apply form by 11:59 PM on February 15, 2024. through to determine eligibility.
  • Eligible applicants will be invited to submit a full application, which will be due by 11:59 PM on April 1, 2024.
  • Please review the program guidelines found under Resources below for additional information on eligibility requirements, use of funding, reporting requirements and the review process. The applicant questions and scoring rubric can also be found in the guidelines.
Manage Your Grant

Complete a Final Report Form