NYFA Source Round-Up: Opportunities for Crafts Artists

NYFA Source Round-Up: Opportunities for Crafts Artists

There’s great variety among Crafts artists; some sew or weave while others weld or carve.

The application for the 2016-2017 cycle of the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program is now open, with a deadline of Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST). One category that will be reviewed is Crafts/Sculpture, which encapsulates work in all forms of craft including ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber, textiles, and mixed media. Work in all forms of sculpture, including kinetic works and installations, is also accepted. Both conceptual and traditional work is appropriate. Learn more about the guidelines here.

There’s great variety among Crafts artists; some sew or weave while others weld or carve. Most, though, share a common appreciation for the tactility of their craft. As Emily Barletta (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture ‘09) expressed in an interview with the Fiber Studio:

I love the tactility of the sewing. I like to make stitches and then run my hands across the paper and play pretend that I am making drawings for the blind (an idea I stole from Constantin Brancusi who made sculptures for the blind).

Read Emily’s bio to learn more about her work and her December 2016 #FellowsFriday takeover of NYFA’s Instagram account.

In honor of all the Crafts artists out there, we’ve compiled a round-up of opportunities from NYFA Source. You can use NYFA Source, an online database, to find opportunities that run the gamut from artist residencies to fellowships and exhibition opportunities.

Searching with NYFA Source

To find the next perfect award or residency to add to your application calendar, as well as helpful artist services, take the tutorial on How to Use NYFA Source, or jump right in with the NYFA Source Search page. Try a variety of searches, selecting “Next” at the bottom of the page after choosing each criterion. Here’s an example:

  1. Award type: “Cash Grants/Monetary Awards”
  2. Discipline: “Visual Arts”
  3. Subdiscipline: “Crafts,” “Ceramics,” or “Fiber,” etc.
  4. Filter the search further using criteria like Location or Career Point, or choose “Search Now”

Below is a cross-section of opportunities from NYFA Source, for the crafty among us.


Residencies provide the time, space, and often the equipment needed to make meaningful strides in ongoing projects, or to explore new avenues or techniques. Find advice on choosing the right residency program in this interview with artist Rosemarie Fiore (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books ‘09), “How to Select an Artist Residency Program.”

Fellowships, Grants, and Exhibition Opportunities

To find more opportunities for Crafts artists, use NYFA Source, a free searchable database of 12,000+ awards, residencies, and services. Sign up for our free bi-weekly e-newsletter, NYFA News, to receive articles about the Business of Art along with upcoming programs and services.

– Mirielle Clifford, Program Associate, Online Resources

Images, from top: Yoko Inoue (Fellow in Sculpture ‘03, Cross-Disciplinary ‘07, Crafts/Sculpture ‘14); Marilyn Henrion (Fellow in Crafts ‘05)

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