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Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship

Awards of $20,000 to advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.

Macon Reed, 1347 Meets 2020, 2020, 24” x 36”, Acrylic gouache on paper. Image courtesy of the Artist.

The Craft Research Fund—Artist Fellowship is one of four categories that make up the Craft Research Fund, a visionary program dedicated to supporting scholarly craft research in United States. Awards of $20,000 will be granted to two artists to support research projects that advance, expand, and support the creation of new research and knowledge through craft practice.

Grant goals

Support

To support new research and knowledge through craft practice

Create

To create new models for craft research

Include

To make research in craft accessible within and outside of the Academy

Spotlight

To support the careers of craft artists that may be relatively unknown

Catalyze

To assist "mid-career" artists in undertaking a specific proposal/project that would otherwise not be possible

Overview

2022 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship

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.

Details

  • Award Amount:
  • $20,000
  • Grant Period:
  • 18 months

Timeline

  • Applications Open:
  • Jun 4, 2021
  • Grant Orientation:
  • Sept 10, 2021
  • Deadline:
  • Oct 4, 2021
  • Notification:
  • Dec 2021
  • Fellowship Period Begins:
  • Jan 2022
  • Fellowship Period Ends:
  • June 2023
  • Exhibition Period:
  • Jun–Aug 2023
  • Educational Program:
  • July 2023
  • Final Report:
  • Aug 2023

2022 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant - Eligibility

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:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Eligible to receive taxable income in the U.S.
  • Residing and working in the U.S. for the last two years and for the duration of the Fellowship period
  • Mid-career: Artist must self-identify as mid-career

Applicants cannot be:

  • An institution or small business
  • A full-time student in a degree-granting program or its equivalent
  • Students at the time of applying, even if graduation is pending the same year
  • Disqualified persons, such as substantial contributors to the Center for Craft as well as current employees, consultants, or board members of the Center for Craft, or immediate family members of such a person
  • A previously awarded Craft Research Fund - Artist Fellow

For the purpose of this grant, the Center for Craft understands craft research to be:

  • A method of working in an established craft practice used in relation to a proposed project that will contribute to new knowledge.
  • A systematic investigation to establish facts, test theories, and reach new knowledge or new understanding.
  • A combination of qualitative and quantitative research that underscores a specific craft practice.
  • Thinking in, through, and with craft in a way that expands the field.
  • The work (material development, process, subject, information, experiences) that goes into creating a new work of art.

Examples of craft research might include:

  • Archive and museum-based research
  • Material innovations, experimentation
  • Process-oriented research/innovation
  • Historical research
  • Collaborations among artists and/or other disciplines and/or institutions
  • Projects that have the potential to transform questions that are being asked in an academic context

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

2022 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant – Requirements

  • Fifty percent of the grant will be awarded upon return of a signed contract (January 1, 2022).
  • Thirty percent of the grant will be awarded upon the receipt of a two-page status report and proposal for a body of work to be exhibited Summer 2023 to include title and 250 word description and 3-5 marketing images  (January 1, 2023).
  • Installation and exhibition of a body of work produced during the Fellowship in the Center for Craft’s gallery Summer 2023.
  • Presentation of research at an educational program.
  • The final twenty percent will be awarded upon receipt of a final report to include a project narrative and two copies of any publication produced as a result of the research grant. Project must be completed in 18 months (June 2023), with a final report deadline of August 31, 2023. If there is no publication, then provide a copy of the completed research in full.
  • Recipients will acknowledge support from “Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship administered by the Center for Craft” in any publications or presentations resulting from the grant, to include the Center for Craft’s logo.
  • This application requires a $15 fee to be paid through SlideRoom.

2022 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant - Review Process

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:

  • Artistic merit and/or originality
  • Feasibility, i.e. applicant contains the experience and ability to carry out proposed research project
  • Timely - both in the sense of: Are the questions asked by the applicant timely? Is this grant timely in the artists career trajectory/ is this the right time for them to receive this grant?
  • Representation and/or visibility - priority will be given to artists who are underrepresented in the field.
  • Demonstrates a new and/or significant contribution to the field of craft
  • The research is consistent with and furthers the mission of the Center for Craft.

Considerations in final pairing 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 jury to compose a pair of recipients deserving of further recognition while prioritizing diversity, both in and outside of academia, and representing a range of geographies, materials, and communities served.

2022 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant - How to Apply

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:

Cover sheet

  1. Applicant name(s)
  2. Your title and organization (if applicable)
  3. Your personal or project specific website
  4. Are you over the age of 21? (yes or no)
  5. Have you lived in the United States for at least two years? (yes or no)
  6. Are you able to receive income in the UnitedStates or U.S. territories that is taxable by the United States or U.S.territories for the duration of the project period? (yes or no)
  7. Project Title (up to 15 words/ 85 character limit)
  8. Summary of research proposal (50 words/ 300 character limit)

Application

  1. Artist statement (up to 500 words/ 3,000 character limit)
  2. Summary of research proposal, including project deliverables (up to two pages/ 7,000 character limit)
  3. How will this research advance your artistic practice? Why is now an optimal time in your career to receive this award? (250 words/ 1,500 character limit)
  4. How do you define research in the context of your practice? What questions will you address through your research? (250 words/ 1,500 character limit) *Please see the "Eligibility" tab on the grant website for a definition of research.
  5. What three communities do you hope your project will impact? (250 words/ 1,500 character limit)
  6. Please provide a timeline and schedule for completing the project. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2023 (18 months from start date). 4,000 character limit
  7. Completed budget Expense form, provided in SlideRoom. Examples for expenses: Support Stipends/Honoraria;Travel/Expenses (include lodging and meals- itemized by location); ContractedServices (such as photography); Materials/Equipment. Please list no more than 30 items. Exhibition costs should not be included in your proposed budget. 
  8. Completed budget Income form, provided in SlideRoom. Please list the total amount requested from the Craft Research Fund here ($20,000). If you have additional sources of secured or anticipated (prospected) income, please list them here. Examples for income:other grants secured/prospected; support from institutions (school or university support); in-kind support (for example: percentages of salaries or hourly rates for time commitments). Please list no more than 30 items.
  9. Please provide a budget narrative for any budget items that require further explanation. (4,000 character limit)
  10. Attachment: CV of relevant education and experience (no more than 4 pages).
  11. Please provide two letters of support. References should be requested through your application in SlideRoom and are due at the same time as the application, October 1 (11:59pm EST), 2020.
  12. 10 to 15 work samples. You have the option of uploading any combination of images or video links (from hosting sites such as Vimeo 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 JPEG format no larger than 1000 pixels on any side @ 72 dpi. We recommend naming each jpeg file with “Collaborator’s 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 for each.

2022 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant - FAQ

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 grants@centerforcraft.org.

recipients

Meet the 2021
Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship Grant Recipients

The Center for Craft is pleased to announce the recipients of 2021 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship. This year 2 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 127 Artist Fellowship proposals were awarded.

Courtesy of the artist

Macon Reed

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$20,000

"We Live on Restless Earth" examines ritual objects/traditions people use to cope through plague, uncertainty, grief and social unrest throughout history. It includes handmade contemporary objects, altars, and rites of transformation—both of the physical body and between systems of thought and power.

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Courtesy of the recipient.

Related Tactics

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$20,000

In "Disclosure: The Whiteness of Glass," Related Tactics (Michele Carlson, Weston Teruya, Nate Watson) will enact a research process to examine the whiteness of the glass field through an iterative series of creative visualizations and a collaborative social space between BIPOC artists for shared learning and building a strategic imaginary.

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Selection Panelists

The selection panel for the 2021 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellowship included:

Ayumi Horie
, Artist, 2015 United States Artist Fellow
Cannupa Hanska Luger, Artist, MHA Nation, Center for Craft 2020 Craft Research Fund Artist Fellow
Jennifer Scanlan, Independent Curator.

The Craft Research Fund program is administered by the Center for Craft and supported by the Windgate Foundation.

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