2023 Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists
The Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston (A&BC) is excited to announce a call for entries for the 2022 Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists. Now in its 9th year, this program supports the careers of emerging artists through the opportunity to produce a solo exhibition or alternative presentation of work, as well as curatorial and professional development support, including expert guidance on improving business skills for the effective presentation and promotion of your work. This program is made possible by the investment of celebrated abstract expressionist artist Walter Feldman, who long held the goal of supporting emerging artists with opportunities for professional recognition and growth. This year's juror is Dr. Audrey Lopez.
Who Should Apply
This fellowship is open to artists who have yet to have their first commercial or institutional solo exhibition and who work in any two-dimensional media (excluding photography). Two artists will be selected as 2023 Fellows. Entries in either English and/or Spanish will be accepted.
- New England-based artists working in any two-dimensional media except photography
- Social practice and performance-based artists are also welcome to apply, so long as there is a 2-D aspect to their practice
- Applicant has not had a previous solo show at a commercial gallery or museum and does not have professional representation. Artists who have had solo shows in non-profit or smaller alternative spaces are invited to submit.
Benefits of Fellowship
- Individualized curatorial guidance, career coaching, and mentorship from industry professionals
- Presentation of work appropriate to artist's professional career goals, such as support for the production of a solo show, catalog, or website
- $1,500 stipend to go towards artistic expenses, such as exhibition and production supplies, professional photographic documentation of work, framing, or promotional collateral materials
- Professional design services for Fellowship exhibition catalog or artist’s marketing materials
- Legal support as needed through the A&BC’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program
- Submission deadline is Wednesday, November 30, 2022
- Applicants will be notified of juror’s decisions by Friday, December 30, 2022
- Dates of solo show or other final project TBD (fall 2023)
- Fellows will receive professional development coaching from the A&BC and artist consultant Almitra Stanley from January 2023 through the end of the fellowship year (December 2023).
Through this online application form, you will be asked to provide:
- Eight (8) images of works
- An artist statement
- Your C.V./resume
- Your bio
- A short essay introducing your work and why you feel you will benefit from the Fellowship OR a short video introducing your work and why you feel you will benefit from the Fellowship.
Entries in either English and/or Spanish will be accepted
About the 2023 Juror: Audrey N. Lopez, PhD (she/her/they/them)
Audrey is a multiracial Filipina American curator, writer, and educator who works at the intersections of public art, social practice, and racial and spatial justice. She leads the Greenway Conservancy’s Public Art Department, whose vision is to bring innovative, contemporary art to Boston through free, temporary exhibitions and programs that engage communities in meaningful dialogue with art, each other, and the most pressing issues of our time.
Audrey brings a strong track record of curating and producing award-winning public art projects by both nationally recognized and emerging artists in outdoor venues across museums, universities, and public agencies. She joined the Conservancy in 2021 following her work as Public Art and Engagement Curator at the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture and, previously, as the Curator of Community Engagement at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santa Barbara. In addition to her work at the Greenway, Dr. Lopez serves as co-curator for Cosmovisión Indígena, an upcoming 2024 exhibition funded through The Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time: Los Angeles x Art x Science initiative. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught classes on decolonizing language and resisting racialization and racism through public art and activism.