Established by the George Kaiser Family Foundation in 2015, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship cultivates Tulsa’s arts scene by recruiting and retaining visual and literary artists to Tulsa, Oklahoma where they have the creative freedom to pursue their crafts while contributing to a thriving arts community.
The Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF) provides an unrestricted award of $20,000 for visual and literary artists for one year. By providing support, artists receive the financial stability and resources they need to pursue their crafts. In addition to the unrestricted award, TAF provides free housing, studio space to visual artists and co-working space to literary artists in the heart of Tulsa’s vibrant arts and entertainment district. Given the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa, designated fellowship spots will be reserved for Alaska Native, Native American and Native Hawaiian artists. Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, with a one-year term. Artists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply.
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Christina Burke, Philbrook Museum of Art
Stanton Doyle, George Kaiser Family Foundation
Jeff Van Hanken, University of Tulsa
Jason B. Jones, Western Museums Association
Mary Kathryn Nagle, Pipestem Law
Myra Block Kaiser, 108 Contemporary
Jeff Martin, Philbrook Museum and BookSmart Tulsa
Lindsey Smith, Oklahoma State University – Tulsa
Teresa Valero, University of Tulsa
Katie Freeman is an Executive Publicist at Riverhead Books. She serves on committees for the National Book Foundation, PEN America, Libraries Without Borders, Narrative 4 and Community-Word Project, among others. She is getting her M.A. in Arts Administration at CUNY.
Burkhard Bilger published his first piece in The New Yorker in 2000 and became a staff writer the following year. His work has been anthologized three times in “Best American Science and Nature Writing,” twice in “Best American Sports Writing,” and once each in “Best Food Writing,” “Best Technology Writing,” and “Best American Science Writing.” Bilger was a senior editor at Discover from 1999 to 2005. Before that, he worked as a writer and a deputy editor for The Sciences, where his work helped earn two National Magazine Awards and six nominations. In 2000, he published “Noodling for Flatheads: Moonshine, Monster Catfish, and Other Southern Comforts,” which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award. Bilger is a Branford Fellow at Yale University.
Benjamin Lytal’s first novel A Map of Tulsa was published by Penguin in 2013. His criticism has appeared in The London Review of Books, The Wall Street Journal, The Nation, and many other publications. He lives with his family in Chicago.
Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has won numerous awards for her books for children and adults. Ninth Ward, her first novel for young readers, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Today show Al’s Book Club for Kids selection.
Tim Staley lives in Austin, TX where he is the Executive Director of the Austin Public Library Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports the Austin Public Library and administers various literary programs including the New Fiction Confab, the Mayor’s Book Club and Badgerdog creative writing workshops. Prior to the Library Foundation, Tim served as Editor and Director of Development at the University of Texas Press for seven years. Tim has also served as executive director and publisher of Art Lies, a contemporary art quarterly based in Houston. Born and raised in Tulsa, Tim graduated from Kenyon College and received an MFA in playwriting from the University of Texas.
Chad Alligood, a native of Perry, GA, earned his bachelor’s degree in the history of art and architecture from Harvard University, his master’s degree in art history from the University of Georgia, and has completed his doctoral coursework at City University of New York. He is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute’s NextGen Executive Education Program for the Next Generation of Museum Leaders. Alligood has been awarded several grants and fellowships, including most recently a resident fellowship from the Women’s International Study Center to write an essay for the upcoming monograph on Judy Chicago, to be published by the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2019.
Jack Becker received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Jack founded Forecast in 1978, and now serves as director of Forecast’s Community Services program. As a public artist, administrator, and veteran consultant, Jack is widely acknowledged as a leader in the field and specializes in developing projects and plans for communities large and small. He especially enjoys projects that connect the ideas and energies of artists with the needs and opportunities of communities. He has organized more than 70 exhibitions, 50 publications, and numerous special events.
Adriana Herrera earned her Ph.D. with an interdisciplinary dissertation in the fields of Literature and Art, proposing the concept of “Extreme Fiction” as derived from a particular way of its relation that ultimately filters reality. Her curatorial vision searches for the connection between the intimacy and the collective, the personal and the social realms, and the interest for the need and possibilities of imagination.
Andrea R. Hanley has been an arts advocate for more than 25 years. She is currently the Membership and Program Manager for the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her career has been guided and dedicated to the work of contemporary American Indian artists and the American Indian fine art field. Hanley has had an impressive career working as a curator, writer, volunteer, lecturer and fundraiser. She spent more than nine years at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., serving as both Special Assistant to the Director and Exhibition Developer/Project Manager. Upon returning to Arizona, Hanley worked as Fine Arts Coordinator/Curator for the city of Tempe, Executive Director for ATATL, Inc., and Artrain, USA, as its Sponsorship and Major Gifts officer. Most recently she was the Founding Manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum. Ms. Hanley is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation.
Marilyn Zapf is the Assistant Director and Curator at The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (CCCD) in Asheville, NC where she oversees the organization’s program development, implementation, and evaluation. During her 4+ years on staff Zapf has organized 15 and curated 9 exhibitions for CCCD’s Benchspace Gallery, including the nationally-traveling Made in WNC (2015) and Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints (2014). Outside of the office Zapf is an independent curator, teacher and writer. She is currently working on an upcoming exhibition for the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (2018) and has recently taught courses on the History of Craft at Warren Wilson College. Zapf continues to publish articles and reviews in international publications, including Art Jewelry Form and Crafts Magazine (UK). She holds a MA in the History of Design from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England, and a BA (English Literature) and BFA (Jewelry and Metalworking) from The University of Georgia. Her areas of research include craft, postmodernism and de/industrialization.
The Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF) strives to be a safe, inclusive, anti-oppressive program to people of all backgrounds. TAF does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, citizen status, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation or any other characteristic. TAF values freedom of expression to provide a community that celebrates diversity of thought and creativity.
The main hub of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship, the Refinery, is located in the center of the Tulsa Arts District (109 North Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard East) within the newly renovated Archer building. Artist studios are located on both the second floor and north alley. The space is open to the public every First Friday of the month (6-9 p.m.) and during public programming events. Refinery rentals are not available. For inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.