To support new research and knowledge through craft practice
To create new models for craft research
To make research in craft accessible within and outside of the Academy
To support the careers of craft artists that may be relatively unknown
To assist "mid-career" artists in undertaking a specific proposal/project that would otherwise not be possible
The Craft Research Fund was created to encourage, expand and support scholarly craft research in the United States. To learn more about the creation and development of this program read the press release here.
Proposals are welcome from mid-career artists, artisans, designers, makers, sculptures, and so on, who identify their practice within the field of craft. The Center, and by extension this grant, recognizes craft to be a particular approach to making with a strong connection to materials, skill, and process. We believe in empowering artists, makers, scholars, and curators to grow the field, embracing new definitions, technologies, and ideas while honoring craft's history and relationship to the handmade. Craft, in all its forms, demonstrates creativity, ingenuity, and practical intelligence. It contributes to the economic and social wellbeing of communities, connects us to our cultural histories, and is integral to building a sustainable future.
Applicants must be:
Applicants cannot be:
For the purpose of this grant, the Center for Craft understands craft research to be:
Examples of craft research might include:
For the purpose of this grant, the Center for Craft requires that all grant recipients provide financial remuneration to working artists for their time, labor, and services rendered towards the awarded project scope and goals. For remuneration estimates, we recommend consulting the floor wages listed on the Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.) fee calculator website at https://wageforwork.com/fee-calculator#top
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 under-represented populations. Submitting an application does not constitute a promise or guarantee of being awarded a grant or fellowship
A panel of reviewers, who are recognized craft artists, scholars, and/or curators, free of any conflict of interest, will evaluate the applications based on the following criteria and a final two Fellows will be selected:
Considerations in final pairing selection:
GRANT ORIENTATION: Friday, September 10, 4 - 5 pm ET
DEADLINE: The application for Craft Research Fund - Artist Fellowship must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59pm on October 4, 2021. Notification of awards will be released by the end of December 2021 for projects beginning January 2022. Work outlined in the grant request must be completed within 18 months of the award.
NOTIFICATION: Notification of the results will be sent via email by the end of December 2021 for a start date of January 1, 2022. The e-mail address listed on the application form will be used to send out notifications. Please be sure that it is a valid account that you check regularly.
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must apply using the online application program SlideRoom at http://www.centerforcraft.slideroom.com.
Please review the sample application below before beginning your application.
Please note there is a separate application for each Craft Research Fund category.
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 will be able to review your form and return to edit or delete your uploaded files as needed. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to access your form again. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form has been successfully submitted.
2022 Craft Research Fund – Artist Fellowship SAMPLE APPLICATION
This is only a sample application, all applications must be completed in SlideRoom.
Proposal to be submitted via SlideRoom as follows:
Can collectives apply?
We understand that there are many collaborative partnerships in the art world and we encourage you to apply as long as all members of the collective meet the requirements of the application. You can find specific instructions on how to navigate our application as a collective in the application itself. Collectives must demonstrate an extensive collaborative practice.
Where can I find information about previous recipients of the Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship?
Check out our online Grant Recipient Archive here. You can sort by grant opportunity by clicking on “Grant” or search “Artist Fellowship” in the search Filter.
Does the Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship support ongoing projects?
The purpose of the Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship is to support new research projects. Past research in similar subject areas or methodology can bolster and strengthen an application, but is not required for new research project proposals.
If I don’t win the award, can I apply again next year?
Yes, as long as you still meet the requirements for application.
If I receive a fellowship, will I have to pay taxes on my award?
Yes, all cash prizes are 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 at the time of submitting your application as you will not be able to log-in again to access the payment page again.
Do I need to include exhibition costs for the Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship exhibition at the Center for Craft within my budget?
No. Exhibition costs should not be included in your proposed budget.
I have a question that wasn’t answered. How can I reach the Center for Craft?
If you have any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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