The fellowship will support a range of scholars, including independent, artists, and emerging to established researchers. Six Center for Craft Archive Fellows will receive a $5,000 stipend to conduct research in an archive of their choosing. These fellows may engage in both conventional and innovative approaches to archival research that will be disseminated through virtual public programming in partnership with the American Craft Council and a publishing opportunity in a Summer 2023 Special Issue on Hyperallergic.
To encourage and support the research and writing of historically underrepresented and non-dominant American craft histories
To expand understanding of where and how archival craft research can be conducted
To raise awareness of the importance of craft research
Proposals are welcome from a range of emerging to established scholars, including artists researchers. Funding is intended to support independent research and is not intended to support research conducted on behalf of an institution, organization, or 501c3.
Archives are repositories for and collections of primary source materials where people can conduct research. However, the histories preserved and stored within institutional libraries and archives often reflect the dominant cultural narratives, limiting the types of histories that can be told. Therefore, this fellowship takes an expansive understanding of what an archive is, to delimit what an archive can be. For the purpose of this grant, the Center for Craft understands archival craft research to be, but not limited to:
Applicants must be:
Applicants cannot be:
The Center for Craft prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or perceived disability, age, marital status, gender identity, veteran status, or any other protected category. The Center encourages applications from historically underrepresented populations. Applying does not constitute a promise or guarantee of being awarded a grant.
USE OF FUNDS
Award funds may be used to cover travel and living expenses, personal stipends/honoraria, image rights, photocopies or other reproductions, subcontracted research assistance, purchase of primary source materials, and other incidental research expenses. Award funds may be used towards rent, childcare, and healthcare, as needed.
Applications will be reviewed first by the Center for Craft for staff for completeness and then evaluated by a panel of jurors through the SlideRoom online application review portal. The panel will consist of three expert jurors, such as scholars, archivists, curators, and artist researchers.
Jurors free of any conflict of interest will evaluate the applications based on the following criteria:
Consideration in final selection:
The Center for Craft respects, values, and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics, and perspectives that make each person who they are. We foster open communication of diverse perspectives and bring a broad range of individuals together to enrich and support programming. Ultimately we will ask the Selection Panel to identify a set of recipients representing a range of scholars, such as independent, artist, and emerging to established researchers, diversity, geographies, materials, approaches, and underrepresented histories.
HOW TO APPLY
The 2022 Craft Archive Fellowship application must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59 pm ET on June 27, 2022. Notification of awards will be released by August 2022, for a grant period beginning September 1, 2022. The grant period will be completed on June 1, 2023. Fellows will present their resulting research through a publishing opportunity in a Special Issue on Hyperallergic and a joint Center for Craft and American Craft Council virtual public program in Summer 2023.
Notification of the results will be sent via email in August 2022, for a start date of September 1, 2022. The email address listed on the application form will be used to send out notifications. Please be sure that it is a valid email account that you check regularly.
How to Apply
Applicants must apply using the online application program SlideRoom at https://centerforcraft.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/66371. Applicants will not be required to pay an application fee. Please review the sample application below before beginning your application. All applicants should create a login to be able to partially complete the form and return to finish it at a later date. Before submitting your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page where you can review your form and return to edit or delete your uploaded files as needed. Your application can not be accessed once submitted. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form has been successfully submitted. A virtual application information session will be held on Tuesday, May 31 from 3 - 4 pm ET. The information session recording will be made available on the Center for Craft website.
2022 Craft Archive Fellowship - SAMPLE APPLICATION
This is only a sample application. All applications must be completed in SlideRoom.
Proposal to be submitted via SlideRoom as follows:
Please note that the data from the demographics section will only be used anonymously for grant writing and reporting and as part of an overall understanding of who the Center for Craft serves. Center for Craft has and upholds an organizational nondiscrimination policy. Completion of this survey will in no way affect your application. You must complete the form; however, you may answer each question with the “prefer not to answer” option. Thank you.
Allowed Media Types:
You have the option of uploading any combination of images or video links (from hosting sites such as Vimeo, Flickr, or YouTube.) During the review process, only the first 2 minutes of each video sample, so please edit your materials accordingly. Images should be in a JPEG format no larger than 1600 pixels on any side @ 300 dpi. Name each jpeg file with “Last NameImageTitleNumber.jpg,” i.e., “SmithUntitled1.jpg”, “SmithUnititled2.jpg” etc. Each uploaded image or video link must be accompanied by a corresponding image description (up to 50 words). Please include title, date, medium, size, and a short description of each uploaded image or media file.
If I win, will I have to pay taxes on my award?
Yes, all cash funding is taxable income.
May I mail a hard copy of my application materials to the Center for Craft’s office?
No, hard copy submissions will not be accepted. The application must be completed and submitted through SlideRoom.
Can I work on my application and return to complete it at a later date?
Yes, creating a login account will enable you to complete the form in several online sessions.
I just submitted my application, but I want to return to it and make an edit. Is this possible?
No, once your application is submitted, you will not be able to return to the form or change any submitted information. The application fee must also be paid when submitting your application, as you will not be able to log in again to access the payment page again.
I am a student. Am I eligible to apply?
I work for an institution, organization, or 501c3; however, I am applying as an individual and conducting research independent from the institution, organization, or 501c3 I work for. Am I eligible to apply?
I have previously received a Center for Craft grant. Am I eligible to apply?
I have previously received a Center for Craft grant but did not complete the project or am still in the progress of completing the project I was funded for. Am I eligible to apply?
If awarded, can I use the funds to archive my own work/practice?
Are applicants responsible for obtaining copyrights to documents, images, manuscripts included in their research?
Are collaboratives allowed to apply?
Collaboratives are welcome to apply. There must be one fiduciary agent for the group or one person who will receive the award funds as this person will be responsible for paying taxes on the award amount funded.
Who can I contact with questions?
For any questions, please contact Mellanee Goodman, Grant Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (828) 785 - 1357 ext. 103.
The American Craft Council (ACC) is a national nonprofit organization that connects and galvanizes diverse craft communities and traditions to advance craft’s impact in contemporary American life and to keep craft artists and the community connected, inspired, and thriving. With a focus on stewardship and legacy, the ACC holds one of the largest and preeminent archives of American craft and invests in documenting and preserving intergenerational knowledge and supporting new research and scholarship in the field. The Center for Craft and ACC will partner to host a joint, virtual public program featuring Center for Craft Artchive Fellows in order to raise the visibility and appreciation for craft scholarship in the United States.
Hyperallergic is a leading voice in arts publishing, offering contemporary perspectives that “challenge the art world status quo.” With over 1 million unique visitors per month, working with Hyperallergic expands the impact of the research to a broader arts audience. The Center for Craft is partnering with Hyperallergic to feature up to six Center for Craft Archive Fellow’s research in a Summer 2023 Special Issue, thus ensuring the grantees' research is not only accomplished, but free to access online and easily searchable for future researchers. This strategic partnership draws on the strengths of each organization in order to decrease physical and economic barriers to archival research, tell more accurate craft histories, and raise the visibility and appreciation of craft scholarship in the United States.
The Center for Craft is pleased to announce the recipients of 2022 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship. This year 2 mid-career artists will receive $20,000 each to support research projects that advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.
2 out of 97 Artist Fellowship proposals were awarded.
To Ayumi Horie who through conversations with the Center for Craft planted the seed for the Craft Archive Fellowship, helped with grant development and generously contributed funding to make this program possible!
Robell Awake and Charlie Ryland
Awake and Ryland's research project “Carving New Histories: Toward a More Accurate Woodworking Imaginary” aims to assemble a more accurate understanding of and community within, period furniture and green woodworking by centering the life, work, and contribution of Black and Indigenous makers through research, documentation, and object making. Throughout the course of this project, Awake and Ryland will visit the Whitney Plantation (the only plantation that focuses on the lives of enslaved people), the Yale Furniture Collection, the Winterthur Museum, and Tlingit master carvers of the Pacific Northwest. These trips will be documented with photos and text about the untold stories of Black and Indigenous craft folks and their enduring green woodworking practices that continue to this day. Awake and Ryland's research will culminate in a body of work such as a chair and other objects using methods learned through their research.Learn more
"Protest Garment Lab" courtesy of Aram Han Sifuentes
Aram Han Sifuentes
"Otro Mundo Es Posible: Textiles and Garments for Protest in Chiapas, Mexico: examines garments and textiles in Chiapas, Mexico and how they are and have been important to political movements in the region and beyond. For Han Sifuentes, sewing is a medium to investigate identity, politics, immigration and immigrant labor, possession and dispossession, citizenship and belonging, dissent and protest, and race politics in the United States. Her research explores how textiles played and continue to play a role in the Zapatistas Movement.Learn more