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Artists' Fellowships — Disciplines

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are awarded in 15 different disciplines over a three year period.

The following is a list of eligible discipline categories. Please see the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship main page to find out which disciplines are eligible in the next round of applications.

DISCIPLINE CATEGORIES

 

Architecture, Environmental Structures, and Design

This category includes environmental design, the making of places, spaces, constructions, and landscapes, as well as traditional and experimental forms of architecture (built or unbuilt).

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Choreography 

This category accepts work in all choreographic styles, including mixed-media or multi-genre performance works in which choreography and/or organized movement is primary.

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Crafts and Sculpture

This category accepts work in all forms of craft, including ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber, textiles and mixed media. This category accepts work in all forms of sculpture, including kinetic works and installations.

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Digital and Electronic Arts

This category accepts work in which technology is an essential element of the work's creation, presentation, or understanding. Examples of appropriate work include: 2D works created or displayed on computers or other electronic media; works based on 3D computer models; sculptural works; interactive installations including immersive virtual environments; internet projects; hypertext documents; other image, text, audio or video works rooted in technology. Examples of inappropriate work include: works in which the computer is a vehicle for reproduction (i.e. scanned and manipulated paintings) and works in which the computer mimics but does not expand on a traditional method of production (i.e. non-linear video editing).

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Fiction

This category accepts work in all varieties and genres of prose fiction, including novels, short stories, and experimental forms. Work in graphic or “comic book” fiction is also accepted in this category.

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Folk Arts

This category accepts work of traditional folk art and creative and cultural expressions of contemporary self-taught artists: work that is traditionally practiced within and among ethnic, regional, occupational, and religious groups as well as other kinds of communities with a common identity, including performing traditions in music, dance, and drama; traditional storytelling and other verbal arts; festivals; traditional crafts, visual arts, architecture, the adornment and transformation of the built environment, and other kinds of material folk culture. This category does not include work involving choreography, theatricalization, or stylization that significantly alters traditions.

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Interdisciplinary Work 

This category accepts submissions from artists combining or crossing disciplines, either within a single piece or throughout a body of work. This work may draw on traditions from the visual arts, especially those with a performative, political and/or social aspect. Examples include, but are not limited to: participatory installations or environments, live art, and public art. Theater, dance, or visual art that employs traditional methods of exploration are not appropriate for this category. You may not submit manuscripts. Live performances cannot be attended.

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Music and Sound

This category accepts submissions from composers working in any and all styles of music.

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Nonfiction

This category accepts work in all varieties and genres of nonfiction literary prose, including essays, criticism, journalism, autobiography, monographs and experimental forms.

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Painting

This category accepts work that involves painting of any kind upon any surface. However, artists who make engravings, etchings, lithographs, prints, serigraphs, woodcuts, and drawings should apply in the Printmaking + Drawing + Artists’ Books category–not Painting.

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Photography

This category accepts work in traditional and experimental photography or any work in which photography or photographic techniques are pivotal, if not exclusive.

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Playwriting and Screenwriting

This category accepts work in the writing of stageplays, screenplays, teleplays, libretti, radioplays, and audiodramas. While librettists may apply in this category, no audiotapes are accepted in this category. Composers of music theater works are advised to apply separately in the Music Composition category.

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Poetry

This category accepts work in all forms of poetry, for either the page or stage.

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Printmaking, Drawing, and Book Arts

This category accepts work in visual media other than painting, including artists books, aquatints, collages, engravings, etchings, lithographs, monotypes, prints, serigraphs, woodcuts, and drawings. Artists whose work involves painting only, including watercolorists, should apply to the Painting category in the next cycle. Artists whose work involves the computer as primary medium should apply in the Digital + Electronic Arts category.

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Video and Film

This category accepts work in video or any work in which video or video techniques are pivotal, if not exclusive. This category also accepts work that has been initially shot with a film camera. Filmed material that has been transferred to computer for editing and processing is acceptable.

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