PURPOSE

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.

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DETAILS

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.

For additional program details, visit our APPLY page.

STAFF

(left to right) Amanda Harris, Carolyn Sickles, Abby Mashunkashey

Carolyn Sickles  
Director

Abby Mashunkashey
Marketing Manager

Amanda Harris 
Facilities Manager

Caroline Chandler 
Office Manager

Cheyenne Smith  
Program Assistant

Committee

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

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DECLARATION OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

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.

LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Every community owes its existence and vitality to generations from around the world who contributed their hopes, dreams and energy to making the history that led to this moment. Some were brought here against their will, some were drawn to leave their distant homes in hope of a better life, some have lived on this land for more generations than can be counted and some fled Tulsa, never to return. Truth and acknowledgment are critical to building mutual respect and connection across all barriers of heritage and difference. 

We begin this effort to acknowledge what has been buried by honoring the truth: 

We are standing on the tribal lands of the Osage, Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek) People. 

We honor their elders, past and present. 

We are standing on the land of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. 

We pay respect to these victims and survivors, past and present. 

Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration and settlement upon this land. Tulsa Artist Fellowship offers our care and commitment to acknowledging these truths and resisting injustice in all forms through intentional programming and artistic practices. 

REFINERY

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 info@tulsaartistfellowship.org.