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Windgate-Lamar Fellowship

Each year, the Windgate-Lamar Fellowship identifies ten graduating college seniors with exemplary skill in craft. Awardees receive $15,000 — one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students.

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Marley White, Support Structures; "223 days ago," 2018.

Now in its sixteenth year, the Center for Craft’s Windgate-Lamar Fellowship marks $2.4 million awarded to 160 emerging craft artists nationwide.

“The Windgate-Lamar Fellowship provides critical financial support as a bridge between college and graduate school or life as a working artist,” says Stephanie Moore, Executive Director. “The Fellowship instills confidence and fosters bravery to take risks and the chance to seek and engage in career-enhancing opportunities.”

The results of such early support are already beginning to emerge. Today, Windgate-Lamar Fellows hold full-time faculty positions, are accepted into nationally renowned residence programs, mount solo shows, and establish successful studios. Over half have gone on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree. Their work can been seen in nationally traveling exhibitions, represented in galleries, and published in periodicals such as American Craft. Supporting the next generation is one of the Center for Craft’s main focus areas identified to build a thriving national craft field.

Grant goals

Opportunities

To provide visibility and networking opportunities for emerging makers

Support

To financially support the careers of emerging makers

Recognition

To recognize and affirm emerging talent

Overview

2022 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship

This grant is based on a closed nomination process. To inquire about become a nominating institution, please e-mail grants@centerforcraft.org for more information.

Details

  • Award Amount:
  • Up to $15,000
  • Grant Period:
  • 12 months

Timeline

  • Nominations Due:
  • Nov 16, 2021
  • Applications Open:
  • Dec 1, 2021

  • Deadline:

  • Feb 7, 2022
  • Notification:
  • Apr 2022
  • Grant Period Begins:
  • May 2, 2022
  • Grant Period Ends:
  • Apr 2023

2022 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship - Eligibility

  • Nominees must be undergraduate seniors working in a craft medium.
  • Nominees must be able to receive taxable income for the duration of the grant and report this grant as income.
  • Nominees must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Students must be US citizens or in the process of applying for citizenship.
  • Students must be graduating seniors (2022 Fellows must graduate between
    December 2021 and August 2022).

Participating institutions develop the selection process in order to identify two graduating seniors who meet the following criteria:

  • Student’s work must be informed by craft process, materials, traditions, and/or sensibilities.
  • Work should demonstrate a balance of content and design, as well as a mastery of materials.
  • Applicants should demonstrate innovation and curiosity, commitment to growth, and show evidence of how their work will stimulate creative thinking or dialogue among other artists.

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 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship - Requirements


  • Seventy percent of the grant will be awarded upon execution of the grant agreement and receipt of the Fellow’s W9.
  • The final thirty percent of the grant will be awarded upon receipt of the Fellow’s final report, including a two page summary of how the grant funds were spent, projects pursued, and ten high-resolution images of work created or projects pursued during the Fellowship. The second payment of 30% can be disbursed no sooner than 9 months following the first payment of 70%.
  • Due to COVID-19, upon request, recipients will be permitted a 6 month extension of the grant period to October 2023 to complete the Fellowship.
  • Grant permission for the Center for Craft to use the images from Fellow’s application and final report, or other high-resolution images the Fellow may want to provide, in press releases and/or reports of work by recipients of the Windgate Fellowship program.
  • Acknowledge Support by the Center for Craft Windgate-Lamar Fellowship in any publication or press release during the grant period and anytime Fellow shows work made through the support of this grant moving forward.
  • Attend and participate in a two-day Windgate-Lamar Fellows convening.

2022 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship — Review Process

Nominee applications are reviewed by staff of the Center for Craft for completeness and evaluated by a panel of jurors using the following criteria to evaluate each application:

  • Work represented in the ten application images demonstrates a balance of content and design as well as a mastery of materials.
  • Proposal has the ability to advance work that is informed by the craft process, materials, traditions and/or sensibilities.
  • Proposal demonstrates innovation and curiosity, a commitment to growth of applicant’s own work, and evidence their work might stimulate creative thinking or dialogue among other artists.
  • Proposal includes a budget and timeline that are feasible.

Considerations 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 compose a set of recipients deserving of further recognition while prioritizing diversity and representing a range of geographies & materials.


2022 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship — How to Apply

Applicants must apply using the online application program SlideRoom using the private link provided to nominees by e-mail. 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 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 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship - SAMPLE APPLICATION

CRITERIA

  • Work must in some way be informed by craft process, materials, traditions and/or sensibilities.
  • Work should demonstrate a balance of content and design, as well as an exceptional use and understanding of materials.
  • Applicants should demonstrate innovation and curiosity, be committed to growth of their own work, and show evidence of how their work might stimulate creative thinking or dialogue among other artists.
  • Students must be able to receive taxable income for the duration of the grant and report this grant as income in the United States or U.S. territories.

Demographic Survey

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.

  1. Optional: Is there an Instagram and/or Facebook account for yourself and/or this project that you would like to be associated with this proposal? If this proposal is selected for funding, this information would be used for press purposes only.
  2. What is your age?
  3. What is your gender identity?
  4. What are your pronouns?
  5. Do you identify as LGBTQ?
  6. Do you identify as Latinx/Hispanic?
  7. What category best describes your race? 
  8. What is your current household income in US dollars? If you are a dependent, what is your parents' household income?
  9. Would you like to receive the Center for Craft newsletter

Cover Sheet

  1. Applicant Name
  2. Your website (if applicable)
  3. Institution/School
  4. Please provide us with an external/alternate email address:
    Please provide an email address is not linked to your school address, i.e. your gmail account.
  5. Concentration of Study
  6. Date of Graduation
  7. Are you able to receive taxable federal income in the U.S. (or U.S. territories) for the duration of the grant period (through April 2022)? For example, this might look like having a social security number (ITIN for DREAMers) and a US bank account.

Application

  1. Please provide an artist statement.
    Please use no more than 1,500 characters, including punctuation and spaces (about 250 words).
  2. Provide a brief description of how you would use the $15,000 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship Award to advance your work.
    Please use no more than 1,500 characters, including punctuation and spaces (about 250 words).
  3. Please clearly describe what you want to do to advance your practice and how this award will assist you. Your proposal should address how your work is informed by a craft process, materials, traditions, and/or sensibilities.
    Please use no more than 3,000 characters, including punctuation and spaces (about 500 words). For a definition of craft, you can visit our website at: https://www.centerforcraft.org/about#what-is-craft
  4. Please contextualize your work in relation to personal development and artistic influences. How might this proposal stimulate creative thinking or dialogue among other artists?
    Please use no more than 1,500 characters, including punctuation and spaces (about 250 words).

Budget

Provide a budget that fully outlines the following items (if applicable) to your proposal, accounting for the full amount of $15,000. For the 2022 Fellowship application, up to 15% (or $2,250 of the total $15,000 award) can be requested as "Personal Expenses" without further explanation required within the application.

  • Personal Expenses (maximum request: $2,250)
  • Travel/lodging expenses
  • Registration or workshop fees
  • Materials, equipment
  • Other (identify)

Timeline

Provide a timeline for the 12 months you have to complete the proposal beginning May 2, 2022 or from the date of your graduation if later. Please take into consideration the impact of Covid.

If you receive an award, 70% of the funds will be released in May 2022 (once terms of grant agreement are reviewed and agreed to). The remaining 30% will be released once you have completed the final report (at the end of the 12 month funding cycle). The final payment of 30% can be disbursed no sooner than 9 months following the first payment of 70%. A Fellowship is considered income by the IRS and is reported for the year(s) in which you receive funding.

References

Please designate two individuals who support your proposal (e.g. an advisor, teacher, dean or community member) as references. You will need to request through your SlideRoom application that they complete a reference form, due on the same date as the application, no later than 11:59 pm EST on February 7, 2022.

Images

Please submit 10 high quality images or video clips of your work. Images should feature your work only and should not be a collage of multiple pieces in one slide. Video clips should be submitted ONLY if they are necessary to demonstrate your work. Each clip should be no longer than 1 minute. All images should include a description to include how the piece was fabricated.

Allowed Media Types: 

  • Images (up to 10MB each)
  • Video (up to 500MB each)
  • PDFs (up to 20MB each)
  • External media from YouTube and Vimeo

2022 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship - FAQ

How do I become a nominating institution?

Please e-mail grants@centerforcraft.org to receive more information.


Is my institution on the list of nominating institutions for the Windgate-Lamar Fellowship?

Please inquire by e-mail to grants@centerforcraft.org.

Where can I find information about previous recipients of the Windgate-Lamar Fellowship?

Check out our online Grant Recipient Archive here. You can sort by grant opportunity by clicking on “Grant” or search “Windgate-Lamar” in the search Filter.

What is the final deadline for submitting my online application form?

The application for the 2022 Windgate-Lamar Fellowship must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59 pm ET on February 7, 2022.

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.

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
Windgate-Lamar Fellows

Four panelists reviewed a national pool of 87 applicants on the basis of artistic merit. They also discerned the potential of each applicant to make significant contributions to the field of craft.

2018 Center for Craft Windgate Fellows

Selection Panelists

  • Natalia Arbelaez—Artist (Brewster, NY)
  • SHENEQUA—Artpreneur, 2014 Windgate-Lamar Fellow (Chicago, IL)
  • Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez—President Emeritus, North Bennet Street School (Weston, MA)
  • Drewry Nostitz—Collector (Winston-Salem, NC)

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