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NYFA Celebrates 30 Years of Artists Fellowships

Awards and Grants (Main) | NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships | Past Programs 


Join NYFA for events around New York State as we celebrate 30 years of NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships

NYFA is commemorating three decades of NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships with the programming around the state, including a landmark traveling exhibition Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships. The artists in the exhibition are acclaimed and respected around the world, but what is less known is that they all received support from NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships at crucial points in their careers. Curated by Judith K. Brodsky and David C. Terry with the assistance of Madeline Scholl, Artists as Innovators will feature work by more than 20 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows who have gone on to record significant achievements in their artistic careers. The works on display will show how the fellows have addressed pressing and often controversial issues through their art, including racism, gender equality, sexual orientation, immigration, and globalization.


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Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of NYSCA/NYFA Fellowships

This landmark exhibition celebrates three decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships and will travel to seven SUNY campuses between Fall 2017 and Spring 2020.

Digital version of the exhibition catalogue available here.



NYFA Curatorial continues celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program by featuring dynamic new works by NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellows through our partnership with Artspace, a leading digital marketplace for fine contemporary art.

View artworks here 




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 was provided by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, 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.


Artists as Innovators: Celebrating Three Decades of New York State Council on the Arts/New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships

SUNY Cortland
Opening Reception: T.B.D.
Exhibition Dates: Monday, March 5, 2018 - Friday, April 13, 2018
Location: Dowd Gallery – SUNY Cortland, Art and Art History Department, Dowd Fine Arts Center, 106, Cortland, NY 13045

SUNY New Paltz
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9, 2017, 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Sunday, November 12, 2017
Location: Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561

Exhibiting artists include: Elia Alba, Ida Applebroog, Dawoud Bey, Sanford Biggers, Ross Bleckner, Wendell Castle, Tara Donovan, Chitra Ganesh, The Guerrilla Girls, Christian Marclay, Marilyn Minter, Lori Nix, Tony Oursler, Faith Ringgold, Martha Rosler, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, Shinique Smith, Carmelita Tropicana, and Fred Wilson.