NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in Crafts/Sculpture

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in Crafts/Sculpture

“Thank you, NYFA, for sending me down a new path, one that puts my creative practice at the forefront.” – Amanda Mathis (Fellow in Crafts/Sculpture ‘14)

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are awarded to originating artists living and working in the state of New York, with different disciplines being recognized each year. This cycle, submissions for Crafts/Sculpture will be considered and recipients awarded $7,000. It is not a project grant – it should fund the artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the career stage of their artistic development.

This category includes work in all forms of craft, including ceramics, glass, wood, metal, fiber, textiles,
and mixed media, and also accepts work in all forms of sculpture, including kinetic works and
installations. Both conceptual and traditional work is appropriate.

Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST)

Application Materials

  • Work Statement – 200 words
  • Technical Statement – 400 words (optional)
  • Cultural Statement – 400 words (optional)
  • Resumé/Narrative Bio – 1 page PDF
  • Work Samples – 8 digital images with descriptions

Eligibility Guidelines

  1. You must be 25 years old or older.
  2. You must be a current resident of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located in New York State for at least the two consecutive years prior to the application deadline.
  3. You must not be enrolled in a degree seeking program of any kind at the time of the application deadline.
  4. You must not have received a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in any discipline in the past five years; 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016, and cannot submit any artwork that has been previously awarded a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in the past.
  5. Artists that have been awarded five NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships receive Emeritus Status and are no longer eligible to apply.
  6. You must not be a NYFA employee, member of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists’ Advisory Committee, an immediate family member of any of the above, or an immediate family member of a 2016-2017 panelist.


Review the 2017 Application Overview, the Crafts/Sculpture guidelines, and then submit your application. Best of luck!

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program awards $7,000 cash grants to artists living in New York State. Be sure to follow NYFA on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for the latest updates.


This program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts, State & Local Partnerships with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: David Hardy (Fellow in Sculpture ‘11)

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