Digital/Electronic Arts Guidelines

➔ Digital/Electronic Arts

Application Deadline: Wednesday January 25, 2023, 5:00 PM EST

NYFA only accepts applications submitted online at apply.nyfa.org/submit.

Digital/Electronic Arts Guidelines PDF

GRANT TIMELINE

Application Open: Tuesday, October 25, 2022 10:00 AM EDT  
Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 5:00 PM EST
Applicants Notified: Summer 2023

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DISCIPLINE DEFINITION

The Digital/Electronic Arts category accepts work in which technology is an essential element of the work’s creation, presentation, or understanding. Examples include: works created or displayed on computers or other electronic media; work created with computer models such as sculptural works; interactive installations including immersive virtual environments; internet projects; hypertext documents; other image, text, audio, or video works rooted in technology.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

When submitting an application to Digital/Electronic Arts Category, you will need to complete:

Work Samples in one or both of the following formats:

  • Work Samples (Images) –  up to 8 digital images 
  • Work Samples (Video) – up to 2 videos, 5-minutes each in maximum length

Required Written Statements

  • Artist Statement – up to 100 words
  • Work Statement – up to 100 words 

Optional Written Statements: 

  • Excerpt Explanation – up to 400 words
  • Technical Statement – up to 200 words 
  • Cultural Statement – up to 400 words

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions Page or email [email protected]

WORK SAMPLES – IMAGES

What To Submit

Applicants can submit up to 8 digital images. You do not need to submit all 8 work samples if you feel your practice is represented well with fewer. 

We do not recommend applicants combine multiple independent work sample images into one image file (for example: including 4 non-connecting image files together in a grid format). Each application can only have up to 8 artworks represented through the image work samples. Images of diptychs, installations, and multi-part works are accepted. 

Work Sample Descriptions

Work Sample Descriptions: Before you upload your files to your application, you will need to name your files. Do not label any work samples with your name. Instead, label each uploaded work sample starting with a number 01 through 08, followed by the title of the work. Number your files in the order you would like them to be reviewed.

Metadata Section in Application: A metadata section will appear on your application form after your work sample has been uploaded. In this section, you will be able to provide a description of your work which includes the title(s), date(s) the work was completed, materials, dimensions, and additional information (for example: format, equipment, location etc.). If your piece is largely conceptual, and requires additional written context, please explain this in the “additional information” section using 1-2 sentences.

File Formats

File name: label each image starting with a number 01 through 08, followed by the title of the work. Ex. 01_Landscape.jpg. Do not include your name.

File size: No larger than 4.0 MB (each image)

File format: .jpg

Formatting tips for images: When formatting your images, RGB is the recommended color profile for screen viewing. You can use image editing software such as Photoshop or Preview to edit, resize, and format your images.

WORK SAMPLES – VIDEO UPLOADS

What to Submit

Applicants may submit two 5-minute video footage of their work as either uploads, links to each video, or a combination of the two

When submitting video footage, the applicant will need to upload one video to be reviewed during the first round of review. The second video (if applicable) will be presented in the later rounds of review. Please ensure you submit the first-round video upload in the corresponding questions in the application form. 

The two videos may relate to the same project or to two different projects. Submitting a video sample consisting of multiple clips from different projects is not allowed, such as “demo Reels” or highlight reels. 

In your video footage, titles and credits (without including the artist’s name) are allowed, although applicants should consider whether this is needed within the video footage itself or if this information is already clearly communicated in the labeling of the file and use of metadata. Video footage is never reviewed separately from the metadata included.  

Note: If your video uploads/links are longer than 5 minutes, the panel will only review the 5 minute section you would like the panel to review. Please provide your cue points in the corresponding questions in the application form. 

Work Sample Descriptions

Before you upload your files to your application, you will need to name your files. Do not label any work samples with your name. Instead, label each uploaded work sample starting with the title of the work. For excerpts, please include “excerpt” in the title.

A metadata section will appear on your application form after your work sample has been uploaded. In this section, you will be able to provide a description of your work which includes the title(s), date(s) the work was completed, materials used, additional Information, and cue points (If your video is longer than 5 minutes). If your piece is largely conceptual, and requires additional written context, please explain this in the “additional information” section using 1-2 sentences.

File Formats

File name:  The title of the work (label if an excerpt), ex. Title (excerpt)  Do not label the file with your name

Length:  2 video files, 5-minutes maximum per video

File size: No larger than 2 GB

File format: .mov/.mp4 & H.264 codec

WORK SAMPLES – VIDEO LINKS

What to Submit

Applicants may submit two 5-minute video footage of their work as either uploads, links to each video, or a combination of the two

When submitting video footage, the applicant will need to upload one video to be reviewed during the first round of review. The second video (if applicable) will be presented in the later rounds of review. Do not submit links to interactive websites. For online experiences or simulations, a video of the site in action is acceptable. Please ensure you submitted the first-round video upload in the corresponding questions in the application form. 

The two videos may relate to the same project or to two different projects. Submitting a video sample consisting of multiple clips from different projects is not allowed, such as “demo Reels” or highlight reels. 

In your video footage, titles and credits (without including the artist’s name) are allowed, although applicants should consider whether this is needed within the video footage itself or if this information is already clearly communicated in the labeling of the file and use of metadata. Video footage is never reviewed separately from the metadata included.  

Note: If your video uploads/links are longer than 5 minutes, the panel will only review the 5 minute section you would like the panel to review. Please provide your cue points in the corresponding questions in the application form. 

Work Sample Descriptions

After you provide the link to your video, you will be requested to provide a password if applicable. Please ensure that the link and password you share will remain accessible until Summer 2023. Any broken links cannot be corrected after you submit your application. Do not label any work samples with your name. Instead, label each uploaded work sample starting with the title of the work. For excerpts, please include “excerpt” in the title.

Below the video link & password (if applicable), you will be able to provide a description of your work which includes the title(s), date(s) the work was completed, materials used, additional Information, and cue points (If your video is longer than 5 minutes). If your piece is largely conceptual, and requires additional written context, please explain this in the “additional information” section using 1-2 sentences.

File Formats

Video name: The title of the work (label if an excerpt), ex. Title (excerpt)  Do not label the video with your name

Length: 2 video links, 5-minutes maximum per video

File format: Link that will be accessible throughout the entire review process (and password, if applicable) Shared links should remain accessible until June 2023. 

SUPPORT STATEMENTS

Artist Statement (Required, 100 Words Max)

A short concise statement giving an overview of your artistic practice. This statement should give a brief introduction to ideas, themes and methods in your practice. This is not an Artist’s Bio. The artist statement is available to panelists in the second round of review. 

Work Statement (Required, 100 Words Max)

A statement explaining your artistic vision as directly related to your submitted work samples. This is not an artist statement, but should instead reflect only the ideas and inspiration relevant ONLY to the work submitted. The work statement is available to panelists in the first round of review. 

Questions to consider for your Work Statement: Referencing only the submitted Work Samples

1. What is your submitted work about?
2. How does this work represent the primary concerns and intentions of your artistic practice as described in your artist statement?

Excerpt Explanation (Optional, 400 Words Max)

A supplemental statement further explaining the context, concept, and execution of your work sample(s). This statement can also explain how the excerpted work sample(s) relate to the entire original piece. Within the Excerpt Explanation you can itemize each submitted Work Sample and talk about them individually.

Questions to consider for your Excerpt Explanation: Referencing only the submitted Work Samples

1. What information is needed to give context to your work samples?
2. Consider itemizing your excerpt explanation, describing each work sample.

Technical Statement (Optional, 200 Words Max)

A supplemental statement describing the key technical aspects of the work. Use this statement to highlight your role in creating/executing the work. Be sure to note whether your work samples represent documentation of a performance, installation, experience, etc. You can also describe the circumstances in which the viewer/audience should experience the work. Please include instructions on how to navigate your work if it’s interactive. 

Questions to consider for your Technical Statement: Referencing only the submitted Work Samples

1. How was the work created/executed?
2. What specific techniques are integral to creating the work?
3. What is the original context for this work, i.e. photo essay, book, etc?

Cultural Statement (Optional, 400 Words Max)

A supplemental statement describing how your work is rooted in a specific cultural technique, tradition or community. 

When to consider writing a Cultural Statement: Referencing only the submitted Work Samples

1. Your practice stems from a specific and/or unique cultural tradition.
2. The understanding of your work is dependent on the context of a cultural community.

HOW TO APPLY

All applications must be submitted via the online application platform Submittable at https://apply.nyfa.org/. NYFA does not accept any physical copies of applications.

Applicants must have a Submittable account in order to access the application form and upload supporting materials. To create a free account, click on the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship: DIGITAL/ ELECTRONIC ARTS application, enter your details, and click Create Account and Continue. A verification email will be sent to your email address; check your inbox and click on the link provided in the email to verify your account.* If you already have an account, sign in and begin the application.

*If you do not receive an email from Submittable in your inbox, be sure to check your Spam inbox.

Saving your progress on Submittable: To save your working application as a draft, scroll to the bottom of the form and select Save Draft. Applications are not considered complete until you hit Submit. Sign in here to access your draft application

Locating your Submitted Application: Click here review your Submitted application.

Notifications: Applicants will be notified of their application results via Submittable. We recommend using an email address that is regularly active to ensure that you are receiving updates.

HOW ARE APPLICATIONS REVIEWED?

Applications are reviewed online over the course of 3 elimination rounds. All applications will be reviewed anonymously in the first round of review. 

In Round 1, the panel will have access to all Image Work Samples (up to 8 images if applicable), part of the Video Work Samples (1 out of 2 videos if applicable), and the Work Statement. Applications are assigned a number and reviewed anonymously. In this round, panelists are directed to review and score applications independently.

In Round 2, panelists will have access to all your Work Samples (up to 8 images, and your 2nd Video if applicable) and all supplemental written statements (i.e: Artist Statement, Excerpt Explanation, Cultural Statement, and/or Technical Statement). Similar to the first round, the panel will continue to review and score applications independently.

In Round 3, the panel will meet online and collectively discuss the applications that have made it into this round before selecting the Fellowship Recipients.

Please note, panelists will not look at websites of any kind during the application review process.
Submitting any work that has been awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in the past will automatically disqualify your application.

Once submitted, you were no longer be able to make changes to your application!

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

To request an accommodation or if you need assistance in applying online, please email [email protected] or call (212) 366-6900 ext. 166 on Tuesdays-Thursdays between 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM ET (NYFA is currently working on a hybrid schedule). We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible, and no later than Tuesday, January 10 to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application before the deadline.