Grants & Programs

Artist Fellowship Program

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The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is now accepting applications for the 2021 Artists Fellowship Program. The program's intent is to enrich and strengthen the state of Illinois by supporting accomplished Illinois artists who are the foundation of Illinois' creative environment. The Artist Fellowship Program recognizes exceptional artists who have created a substantial body of work throughout their career by providing awards to support continued artistic growth.

The IACA will provide a limited number of $15,000 awards across the following discipline categories:

  • Literature (includes sub-categories of poetry, prose, and scriptworks)
  • Media Arts (category includes audio art, digital art, film, and video)
  • Music (includes sub-categories of composition and improvisation)
  • Performance-Based Arts (includes sub-categories of choreography and new performance forms)

Next application cycle (FY22), the discipline categories of Ethnic and Folk Arts, Interdisciplinary/Computer-Based Arts, Visual Arts, Visual-Based Arts (Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Graphic, Drawing), Crafts, Photography and Sculpture will be reviewed.

To be considered, applicants must:

  • Be current legal residents of the state of Illinois and have been for the twelve months prior to the application deadline
  • Have created a substantial, independent body of work over at least a five year professional arts career
  • Have made a recognized contribution to their discipline through public presentation of their work
  • Demonstrate a high-aesthetic level of artistic ability with a strong consistency of expression throughout their professional arts career
  • Provide evidence of continued commitment to serious and exceptional aesthetic investigation in his or her chosen medium

Deadline: November 2, 2020, 11:59 pm. 

A pre-recorded webinar webinar is available by following the link:

To access the Fellowship Program Guidelines, follow the link:

To access the Fellowship Program Application, follow the link:

For specific information on this program contact:

Susan Dickson, Program Director
Phone: (312) 814-6740  or Email:

Media Arts, Choreography:
Teresa Davis Program Director
Phone: (312) 814-6753 or Email:

Music, New Performance Forms:
George Tarasuk, Program Director
Phone: (312) 814-3916 or Email:

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