In a continued effort to enhance Tulsa’s arts scene, the Tulsa Artist Fellowship (TAF) recently awarded six literary and six visual artists from across the country the opportunity to live, work and create in Tulsa.
“The Tulsa Artist Fellowship was created by the George Kaiser Family Foundation to provide artists, at varying levels of their careers and with a variety of disciplines, the basic fundamentals that artists need to successfully broaden their practice: time, space and financial support,” said TAF Program Director Julia White.
With over 500 applications from all over the country, the selected fellows will bring a variety of artistic disciplines, including: painting, performance art, video, installation, sculpture, ceramics and interdisciplinary within the visual arts cohort; and poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction within the literary arts cohort.
“The Tulsa Artist Fellowship is a great opportunity for me to engage with a vibrant and burgeoning arts scene,” said incoming literary arts fellow, poet and translator M.L. Martin. “The fellowship also affords me the most precious commodity an artist can hope for—the time and financial stability to complete new work.”
In addition to a selection panel, TAF Committee members provide assistance throughout the selection process. Jeff Martin, Philbrook Museum of Art and BookSmart Tulsa, is a TAF Committee member and moderated the 2018 Literary Arts Selection Panel.
“The thought, care, and attention to detail put into both writer and panelist selection, exemplifies the overall ambition and quality of the entire TAF program,” said Martin.
The 2018 Visual Arts Fellows are painter Florine Demosthene, Brooklyn, New York; performance and installation artist Moheb Soliman, Minneapolis, Minnesota; painting, installation and video artist Heyd Fontenot, Dallas, Texas; interdisciplinary artist Shane Darwent (see the above photo), Ypsilanti, Michigan; painting, sculpture, sound and installation artist Elisa Harkins, Miami, Oklahoma; and painting, sculpture, ceramics and installation artist Rafael Corzo, New York, New York.
The 2018 Literary Arts Fellows are fiction writer and translator Rhett McNeil, Phoenix, Arizona; poet Clemonce Heard, New Orleans, Louisiana; poet Eric Ekstrand, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; nonfiction writer Kristi Eaton of Tulsa; novelist Mark de Silva, New York, New York; and poet and translator M.L. Martin, Brooklyn, New York.
The incoming 2018 Tulsa Artist Fellows will be joining 2016 and 2017 Tulsa Artist Fellows, bringing the total number of TAF Literary and Visual Arts Fellows living and creating in Tulsa to 42.
The 2019 Tulsa Artist Fellowship application period is January 1 – March 1, 2018.