Tulsa Artist Fellowship was established in 2015 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation with a vision to recruit and retain professional artists to Tulsa. The fellowship began with an inaugural group of 12 artists from across the country — Brooklyn, San Francisco, Baltimore, and even Juneau, Alaska. Expanding to 24 in year two and 36 for year three.
Today, Tulsa Artist Fellowship supports 60 fellows with designated fellowship spots reserved for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian arts practitioners.
Each cycle, Tulsa Artist Fellowship supports artists and art workers, allowing them the financial stability and resources they need to wholeheartedly pursue their contemporary arts practices. These fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, and last for one year.
Each Tulsa Artist Fellowship fellow can apply for a second fellowship year.
Each year, the fellowship seeks a diverse class of local and national contemporary artists at different stages in their careers. These may include art workers such as curators, publishers, or art groups.
Honoring the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa, Tulsa Artist Fellowship reserves several 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.
At Tulsa Artist Fellowship, artists and arts workers come together in Tulsa, Oklahoma, distinctly positioned at the center of coastal cultural conversations. Socially invested arts practitioners live and work here, intentionally engaging with our city.
Tulsa Artist Fellowship fellows are housed in Tulsa’s Arts District, a historic neighborhood in downtown Tulsa rich with galleries, performance venues, museums, and green spaces, and home to the award-winning First Friday Art Crawl. This concentration of arts and culture allows sharing of and accessibility to ideas, and opens up opportunities for education, spurring social awareness and change.