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Artists' Fellowships


For the past 31 years, NYFA has awarded fellowships of $7,000 to individual originating artists living in New York State and/or Indian Nations located in New York State.

NYFA is committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. In 2016, NYFA awarded 92 grants to 98 awardees with 5 collaborations totaling an amount of $647,000.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships, awarded in fifteen different disciplines over a three-year period, are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use. These fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development.

NYFA is pleased to announce that the name of this award has changed to NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship. NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


The application for the 2016-2017 cycle is now closed. The application for the 2017-2018 award cycle will open in Fall 2017.



  • Crafts/Sculpture
  • Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts
  • Nonfiction Literature
  • Poetry
  • Digital/Electronic Arts

(Includes the Joanne Chen Fellowship awarded annually to a Taiwanese American artist resident in New York. The winner of this award will receive an unrestricted grant of $7,000.)

Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST)



Architecture / Environmental
Structures / Design

Ian Gerson (Queens)***
Shandor Hassan (Kings)
Ekene Ijeoma (Kings)
Jonathan Mildenberg (New York)
Sarah Oppenheimer (New York)
Aviva Rahmani (New York)
Gary Sczerbaniewicz (Erie)
Jill Sigman (New York)
Traci Talasco (Kings)
Ife Vanable (Bronx)
Lydia Xynogala (New York)
eteam (Hajoe Moderegger /
Franziska Lamprecht) (Queens)*

Charles Goldman (Kings)
Coralina Meyer (New York)
Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong (New York)

Marsha Ginsberg (New York)
DeWitt Godfrey (Madison)
Wennie Huang (Kings)
Alois Kronschlaeger (Kings)
Chris Oliver (Tompkins)


luciana achugar (New York)
Evvie Allison (New York)
Michelle Boulé (New York)
Abigail Browde / Michael Silverstone (New York)*
Yanira Castro (Kings)
Fritz Donnelly (New York)
Jeanine Durning (Orange)
Daria Rachel Faïn / Robert Kocik (New York)*
Reggie Gray (Kings)
Raja Feather Kelly (New York)
Juliana F. May (New York)
Marie Poncé (New York)
Kota Yamazaki (New York)
André M. Zachery (New York)***

Walter Dundervill (New York)
Alexander Escalante (Kings)
Koosil-ja (New York)

Jonathan Gonzalez (Queens)
Iréne Hultman (Kings)
Stefanie Nelson (New York)
Arturo Vidich (Kings)
Gwen Welliver (New York)

Music / Sound

Gordon Beeferman (New York)
Lisa Bielawa (New York)
Anthony G. Coleman (New York)
Joe Diebes (New York)
Du Yun (New York)
Jeffrey Fairbanks (Queens)
Anthony Gatto (New York)*****
Randy Gibson (Kings)
Stephanie Griffin (New York)
Warp Trio - Joshua Henderson/Mikael Darmanie/
Ju Young Lee (New York)*
Sarah Hennies (Tompkins)
Molly Herron (New York)
Eli Keszler (Kings)
M. Lamar (Kings)
Qasim Ali Naqvi (Kings)
Angélica Negrón (New York)
Sam Newsome (New York)
Jeff Talman (Bronx)***
Max Vernon (Kings)

Andrew Drury (Kings)
Scott Wollschleger (Kings)

Laura Andel (Kings)
Christina Campanella (New York)
Daniel Davis (Broome)
Satoshi Kanazawa (Queens)


Kwesi Abbensetts (New York)
Supranav Dash (New York)
Sylvia de Swaan (Oneida)
Frances F. Denny (Kings)****
Delphine A. Fawundu (Kings)***
Phyllis Galembo (New York)
Samuel James (New York)
Krisanne Johnson (New York)
Takahiro Kaneyama (New York)
Dina Kantor (New York)
Holger Keifel (New York)
Ruth Lauer Manenti (Greene)
Matthew Morrocco (New York)
Jacob Naughton (Kings)
Lorie Novak (New York)
Susannah Sayler / Edward Morris (Onondaga)*
Pacifico Silano (Kings)
Marisa Gonzales Silverstein (Westchester)
Tamara Staples (Kings)
Lida Suchy (Onondaga)
Ayumi Tanaka (New York)
John Trotter (Kings)
Sinan Tuncay (New York)
Richard Tuschman (Queens)
Linn Underhill (Broome)
Christopher Verene (New York)
Shen Wei (New York)

Brooke DiDonato (New York)
Andrew Lichtenstein (Kings)
Jennifer Williams (Queens)

Russell Frederick (Kings)
Hans Gindelsberger (Erie)
Pixy Yijun Liao (Kings)
Adam Nadel (Queens)
Nadia Sablin (Kings)

Playwriting / Screenwriting

Bogdan George Apetri (New York)
Kathryn Benson (Kings)
Sheila Curran Bernard (Albany)**
Clarence Coo (New York)
Kate Cortesi (New York)
Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (New York)
Migdalia Cruz (Westchester)
Kimberly Davies (New York)
Jillian Eddy (New York)
Arlene Hutton (New York)
Sibyl Kempson (New York)
Carolyn E. Kourofsky (Monroe)
Winter Miller (New York)
JT Rogers (Westchester)
Betty Shamieh (New York)
Peggy Shaw (New York)
Lloyd Suh (Kings)
Melisa Tien (New York)
Ken Urban (New York)
Catherine Yu (New York)
Joshua Sanchez (Kings)

Keith J. Adkins (New York)
Jennie Allen (Greene)
Lameece Issaq (New York)

Moon Molson (New York)
Carl Hancock Rux (New York)
Emily Morse (New York)
Maggie Mancinelli Cahill (Albany)
Jay Scheib (New York)

*  Collaborating Fellows
** The Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award was established in 1984 in memory of Geraldine Ashur by her husband, Richard Brick, and her friends. Ms. Ashur, who died at age 37, graduated from Barnard College in 1968 and became a screenwriter, film editor, foreign language dubbing specialists, and documentary film director.
Geri Ashur Screenwriting Award: Sheila Curran Bernard
*** The Gregory Millard Fellowships were established by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in 1984 in memory of poet and playwright Gregory Millard. As Assistant Commissioner of Cultural Affairs from 1978 until his death in 1984, Mr. Millard championed the cause of individual artists. Recipients are New York City residents chosen in several categories from those recommended by the various panels.
Gregory Millard Fellows: André M. Zachery (Choreography), Ian Gerson (Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design) Jeff Talman (Music/Sound), Delphine A. Fawundu (Photography)
**** Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation Fellow: Jansson Stegner (Painting)
***** Shelley Pinz Fellowship in Composition



Applications for the 2017-18 award cycle will open in Fall 2017. The following categories will be reviewed:

  • Fiction
  • Folk/Traditional Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Work
  • Painting
  • Video/Film
  • The Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence, in painting


Applications for the 2018-19 award cycle will open in Fall 2018. The following categories will be reviewed:

  • Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design
  • Choreography
  • Music/Sound
  • Photography
  • Playwriting/Screenwriting



Diana Al-Hadid (Crafts/Sculpture)

Desirée Alvarez (Poetry)

Orit Ben-Shitrit (Video/Film)

Mari Jaye Blanchard (Video/Film)

Niki Berg (Photography)

Geoff Chadsey (Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts)

Vince Contarino (Painting)

Daniel Thomas Davis (Music/Sound)

Ella Gant (Digital/Electronic Arts)

Ariana Gerstein (Digital/Electronic Arts)

Kate Gilmore (Interdisciplinary Work)

DeWitt Godfrey (Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design)

Amina Henry (Playwriting/Screenwriting)

Susan Karwoska (Fiction)

Joseph Keckler (Interdisciplinary Work)

Rebecca Loyche (Photography)

Amanda Schachter (Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design)

Gwen Welliver (Choreography)

Trustee Liaisons to the Advisory Committee:
Carmelita Tropicana
Dread Scott


NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Major funding is also provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Additional funding is provided by the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Joanne Chen Foundation, the Estate of Shelley Pinz, and individual donors.

You can join NYFA's generous benefactors in helping artists. Visit our Support pages to learn more about the impact of your gift.



To learn more about our advisors, visit our blog NYFA Current.

Read more here 


The NYFA Advisory Committee, appointed by NYFA's Board of Trustees, is an ethnically and geographically diverse group of professional New York State artists who represent all the disciplines in which fellowships are awarded. The Advisory Committee determines policy and procedures for NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships but does not make decisions on individual applicants. The above list represents the Committee roster in 2015-16.

Homepage Slider: Angelina Gualdoni (Fellow in Painting '08), Transference in Aurora, Illinois, 2004, Acrylic and oil on canvas