History

The George Kaiser Family Foundation established the Tulsa Artist Fellowship in 2015 to enhance the local art scene by retaining and recruiting artists to Tulsa. In 2016, TAF welcomed 12 visual artists to the fellowship from near and far.  In 2017, the program expanded to provide fellowships in two categories: Visual Arts and Writing.

Details

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship enhances Tulsa’s growing art scene by providing awards and resources to recruit and retain talented artists. Fellows are awarded unrestricted stipends of $20,000 and, in most cases, free housing and studio workspace. TAF was created to both recruit artists to Tulsa and to retain artists in the community. While the focus will be on artists residing outside of the Tulsa Metropolitan area, some local artists will be considered for the program based on exceptional merit and promise.  All fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, offering artists the creative freedom to pursue their craft with financial stability and resources.
Visual Artists

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship cultivates Tulsa’s art scene by both supporting local artists and attracting national artists.

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship provides an unrestricted stipend, free housing and work-space in Tulsa, Oklahoma to US Resident artists. Given the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa, some fellowship spots will be reserved for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists. The Fellows are expected to integrate into the Tulsa arts community through local programs, symposiums and more. These and other activities introduce the artists to the many treasures at Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art and beyond. The artists live and work in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District, participating in the local arts community. Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, with a one-year term allowing the option to renew for a second year.

Details

  • Between 5 and 15 fellowships will be awarded each year
  • The fellowship seeks to obtain a diverse mix of local and national artists at different stages in their career.
  • The program will reserve some of the fellowship positions for Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian artists. A screening committee and selection panel will follow the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 as a guideline in awarding Native American artists a fellowship.
  • Artists must focus on Public and/or Gallery Oriented Visual Arts

Awards

  • Year 1: $20,000 plus free housing and studio workspace
  • Year 2: $12,500 plus free housing and studio workspace
  • Year 3: $7,500 plus free housing and studio workspace

Eligibility

  • Artists must be 21 years of age
  • Artists must be a US Resident
  • Artists must pass a background check
Writers

The writers cohort of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship continues TAF’s effort to enhance the Tulsa art community by supporting local literary artists and attracting national poets, playwrights, screenwriters and writers of creative nonfiction and literary fiction.

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship:Writers provides an unrestricted stipend and free housing in Tulsa, Oklahoma to US Resident writers.  The Fellows are expected to integrate into the Tulsa literary community through local programs, symposiums, workshops and more. The writers live and work in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, with a term of two years.

Details

  • Between 5 and 15 fellowships will be awarded each year
  • The fellowship seeks to obtain a diverse mix of local and national writers at different stages in their career
  • The fellowship will include free housing in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District
  • TAF:Writers must focus on Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young-Adult Fiction, Poetry, and Play/Screenwriting

Awards

  • Year 1: $20,000 plus free housing
  • Year 2: $12,500 plus free housing
  • Year 3: $7,500 plus free housing

Eligibility

  • Artists must be 21 years of age
  • Artists must be a US Resident
  • Artists must pass a background check