Application Tips

Read below for tips on how to make your next NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship application stand out from the crowd, courtesy of the NYFA Grants team.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Read the Application Guidelines and Discipline Specific Guidelines thoroughly!
Ensure you meet all Eligibility requirements:
You are at least 25 years or older.
You are a current New York State resident, and/or a resident of one of the Indian Nations located therein.
You have lived in New York State, and/or one of the Indian Nations located therein for the past two consecutive years: all of 2018 & 2019.
If you are a past NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow, none of the work samples you have submitted have previously received an award.
You are not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program of any kind.
You are the originator of the artwork submitted.
You have not received a Fellowship in the last five years, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019.
If you are applying as a collaboration (up to 3 artists working together on a regular basis) all names are listed in your application form.
If you have applied in more than 1 category (applicants can apply in up to 2 categories each cycle), you have indicated this in your application form. 
You are not a NYFA employee, a member of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists’ Advisory Committee, immediate family member of any of the above, or an immediate family member of a 2019/2020 panelist.

Before you upload your VISUAL ARTS Work Samples, check to make sure:

Image files are .jpg
Your images are not pixelated, and that they are in focus
All images are 1024 pixels on the longest side
All images are at least 72 dpi (can be a higher resolution if necessary)
Your name is not present anywhere in your descriptions or file names
Your files are numbered 01 to 10 in the order you want them to be reviewed
You’ve added descriptions to your work samples where necessary 
All of your work sample files are less than 4MB
Any detail images are clearly labeled as “detail” in the title of the image
No more than 10 artworks are represented in your application

Before you upload your LITERARY Work Samples, check to make sure:

Your work sample file is a .pdf
You have included up to 20 pages, 12 point font, double spaced  (poetry submission can be spaced at the artist’s discretion)
You have included a title page with the title of the work and the date of completion
Your name is not present anywhere in your descriptions, file names, or title page
You have not included any scanned excerpts from books or periodicals in published form
Your manuscript is in English
Ensure that the work you have selected is your strongest, remembering you don’t need to include all 20 pages if your work is represented with fewer
Do not include a Résumé or CV in your .pdf

Before you upload your MEDIA Work Samples, check to make sure:

Image files are .jpg and/or .mov/.mp4
Your images are not pixelated, and that they are in focus
All images are 1024 pixels on the longest side
All images are at least 72 dpi (can be a higher resolution if necessary)
Your name is not present anywhere in your descriptions or file names
Your image files are numbered 01 to 08 and your videos 01 & 02 
You’ve added descriptions to your work samples where necessary 
All of your images work sample files are less than 4MB & Videos are less than 2GB
Any detail images are clearly labeled as “detail” in the title of the image
No more than 10 artworks are represented in your application

Before you upload your Work Statement, check to make sure:

Your work statement is concise, referencing only the work in your application
Your statement doesn’t use “art speak” 
You use simple clear language, with concrete descriptions
You avoid quoting or referencing other artists by name
You do not use speculative language such as “I am trying to, or I seek to…” but rather, “I am.”

Before you upload a Technical Statement (optional), check to make sure:

You describe how your work would be produced in its intended medium 
If your work should be viewed or interacted with in a certain way, you explain this here
If your work uses specialty equipment, explain why and how it was used
If need be, you have itemized each work or group of works to better explain your work samples 

Before you upload an Excerpt Explanation (optional), check to make sure:

You have explained the work samples submitted and contextualized their placement within your larger work
Your excerpt explanation does not repeat your work statement
Within the excerpt explanation you can itemize each submitted work sample and talk about them individually. 

Upload a Cultural Statement (optional):

This statement should outline how your work is connected to a cultural community. You should only use this statement if you feel it is integral to the interpretation of the work.
DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION CHECKLIST AS A PDF

TOP READS BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

Representing Your Work Online
Let your work speak for itself clearly and successfully. Read this post for tips to consider when putting together your portfolio for submission.


Advice for First-Time Applicants
Submitting an application for a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship for the first time can be challenging. Read this post for tips that will make your application process smoother.


2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Application Feedback
For the 2018/19 application cycle, NYFA received more than 2,500 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship applications. While we are unable to provide individual feedback based on the tremendous response, we have summarized general feedback from our panelists and provided a few specific takeaways from each discipline.


2018 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Application Feedback
For the 2017/18 application cycle, NYFA received a total of 3,071 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship applications. In total, we reviewed 12,100 pages of manuscript, nearly 19,710 images, and more than 1,980 minutes of video excerpts! This post includes general insights gained from our panel review process to help you with future grant opportunities.

Work Statements and Cultural Statements
The NYFA Grants team shares tips on writing a Work Statement and guidance in helping you decide if you should include a Cultural Statement in your NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship application.

The Excerpt Explanation and Technical Statement
This post clarifies what an Excerpt Explanation is and provides pointers on what to include in your Technical Statement.

Work Samples: Digital Images and PDF Manuscripts
Get tips for preparing your digital images and PDF manuscript Work Samples, and keep these recommendations in mind as you compile and polish your NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship application.

Work Samples: Video and Audio Files
The NYFA Grants team shares pointers on what to consider when selecting, describing, and uploading excerpts of your work.

Image: detail Christie Neptune (Fellow in Interdisciplinary Work ’18), She Fell from Normalcy, 2016, three-channel HD video, Image Courtesy: The Rubber Factory