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Southern Prize and State Fellowships

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Southern Prize and State Fellowships

Applications due December 3, 2019

Applications for the 2020 Southern Prize and State Fellowships are open through December 3, 2019. Please review our guidelines before applying!

The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program is open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. South Arts is committed to practices and funding that create greater cultural equity, represent the diversity of our region, are inclusive of diverse voices and artistic expression, and are accessible to everyone. The group of nine State Fellows will be selected by a national jury, and a second national jury will select the Southern Prize Winner and Finalist. Jurors will make their selections based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of the region.  This program is open only to visual artists and will expand to other disciplines in the future. The application deadline is December 3, 2019.

Please note: This program is distinct from the Folk & Traditional Art Master Artist Fellowships for traditional artists in Appalachian Regional Commission counties in Kentucky, North Carolina and Tennessee. Guidelines for that separate program are available here.

South Arts State Fellowships; $5,000

The South Arts State Fellowship is a state-specific prize awarded to the artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A national jury will select one winner per eligible state, for a group of nine State Fellows, based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of the region. Each of the nine State Fellowship winners will be awarded a $5,000 South Arts State Fellowship, and will compete for one of the two South Arts Prizes. State Fellowship recipients will be required to attend the awards ceremony May 2020 in Columbus, GA.

South Arts Southern Prize; $25,000 and $10,000

The nine State Fellowship recipients will compete for the South Arts Southern Prize. The $25,000 Southern Prize will be awarded to the artist whose work exhibits the highest artistic excellence, and one finalist will be awarded a $10,000 Prize, also based on artistic excellence. The Southern Prize winner will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. A separate national jury will convene to evaluate the body of work represented by the nine State Fellowship recipients and select the Prize winner and Finalist. Winners of the South Arts Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony.

An exhibition of works by the State Fellowship winners will open at the Southern Prize ceremony in May 2020.

Questions or comments about this program? First consult our FAQs. If your answer isn’t there, please contact or call 404.874.7244 x23.

For full program information, guidelines or to apply click here.