Artist Fellowship Program


All artistic disciplines are eligible!

Only one (1) application may be submitted per eligible applicant. 

Connecticut Artists may apply to the program if you are:

  • An individual artist working in any artistic discipline and the primary creator of original works of art.
  • An individual folk & traditional artist engaging in artistic work that is deeply rooted and reflective of a community's heritage.
  • An individual artist participating with a group/collaboration in the creation of original works of art. 

AND you are:

  • 18 years of age or older at the time of application deadline (Sept. 22, 2020)  
  • a citizen or a permanent legal resident of the United States
  • a full-time resident of Connecticut for a minimum of one (1) year at the time of application deadline (Sept. 22, 2020) and continue to be a full-time resident at the time the award is granted. Awards are subject to verification of CT residency. 
Ineligible Applicants include:
  • High School students and College/University students enrolled full-time in degree-granting institutions at the time of application deadline (Sept. 22, 2020).
  • Past program recipients as follows:
    • Artist Fellowship recognition recipients must wait five (5) years (FY16 - FY20).
    • Artistic Excellence recognition recipients must wait seven (7) years (FY14 - FY20).
    • Emerging Recognition awardees are eligible to apply but will not be considered for emerging recognition a second time. 
  • Applicants who submit incomplete applications which do not follow the required format.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline.
  • COA staff and members of their immediate families.
  • Applications with outstanding final reports from any past COA programs. 

Please note: Artist Fellowship awards are highly competitive, and artists are encouraged to apply only when they have created a substantial body of recent work that can be presented professionally. 

Program Guidelines: