Tulsa Artist Fellowship, located in the heart of Oklahoma’s Green Country, is an initiative of the George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF). Using evidence-based practices, GKFF invests in a culturally vibrant and economically robust Tulsa with the belief that a thriving community will afford high quality opportunities for all residents.
With GKFF’s strong belief that the arts are essential to a diverse and engaged city, Tulsa Artist Fellowship was established in 2015 as a program dedicated to addressing the most pressing challenges in artistic communities and serving as a globally recognized model for mobilizing communities with the transformative power of art.
"The Tulsa Artist Fellowship has given me the time and resources to pursue my creative practice, here, near my tribal community. And the fellowship locates me within an inspirational community that inspires my art-making."
Photo credit: Melissa Lukenbaugh | Photo: Harjo working in her Archer Building studio
about the award
Tulsa Artist Fellowship is a place-based, durational award focused on supporting visionary arts practitioners. Every year, TAF designates 10 new fellows from an open call process who will receive a total of $150,000 over three-award years in addition to $12,000 yearly housing stipend, $1,200 yearly health stipend, $1,200 yearly studio assistant stipend, $1,500 relocation stipend, fully-subsidized studio spaces, and access to shared art making facilities. Our program is integrated into Tulsa's vibrant Arts District and historic Greenwood District with galleries and performance venues, green space, independent retailers, and restaurants. TAF recognizes that groundbreaking art practices thrive within an intention setting framework. Awardees commit to actualizing a project during the three-year program term.
"The Tulsa Artist Fellowship has supported my work in ways I had not anticipated. Many ideas I’ve had for years. Either I did not have the time or the means to execute them. Over the past few years, I have been able to release new music, develop my previous video and collage work, present live performances, develop a fashion line and map out ways I can better serve our art community as I move into the future. My experience in the program has been truly inspiring."
Photo credit: Julianne Clark | Photo: Linzy performing at turnaround, a TAF community-engagement project
supporting artistS and arts workers
Realizing GKFF’s vision grounded in social change, Tulsa Artist Fellowship is committed to fostering an equitable environment where a diverse and inclusive community of artists and arts workers have the opportunity to thrive professionally. Our institutional model is reflective and responsive. We acknowledge that a significant number of artistic practitioners are unable to secure the time required to actualize their creative projects in tandem with maintaining stable housing and studio spaces. In response, Tulsa Artist Fellowship strives to remove these barriers by providing program participants with three core areas of support:
$150,000 award stipend paid over three-years
$36,000 housing stipend over three-years Tulsa Artist Fellowship studio space and shared art-making facilities (est. value $27,000 over three-years).
“Tulsa Artist Fellowship has been a dream come true for me. Among other things, it has led me to new friendships and collaborations, groundbreaking new works, and opportunities to engage diverse audiences."
Photo credit: Melissa Lukenbaugh | Photo: Ahmad working in her Archer Building studio
NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS PRACTITIONERS
The City of Tulsa is deeply shaped by its rich Native American cultural landscape. TAF is dedicated to celebrating and supporting Native arts and specifically reserves multiple Fellowship awards for Native American artists following the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 as a guideline.
“The framework of the Fellowship has allowed me to create work that is crucial to my career and exhibition schedule. It provides opportunities to collaborate, dialogue, and share my practice with a greater audience. The Tulsa Artist Fellowship supports and values the creative endeavors of artist and their contributions towards social change in the chaotic environment of today’s world.”
Photo credit: Melissa Lukenbaugh | Photo: Fields working clay in the Tulsa Artist Fellowship Ceramics Workshop
in the spirit of reflectivity, tulsa artist fellowship has expanded additional award support areas to include:
Studio assistant stipend (over three-years)
Health and wellness stipend (over three-years)
Access to free fitness facilities
Childcare reimbursements for Fellowship activities
$1,500 one-time relocation stipend
Fly Loft Studios
Artists and/or Arts Workers of any medium and/or discipline with a minimum of five-years arts field experience committed to living and working in Tulsa, Oklahoma full-time for three-years.
Applicant must be at least 25 years old and a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or O-1 Visa holder. Note: Previous Tulsa Artist Fellowship awardees are ineligible to reapply for additional program terms.
about the application
Tulsa Artist Fellowship will annually appoint 30 arts experts, including regional, national, and international professionals who represent a wide spectrum of artistic disciplines, to join the review process while leveraging their network of experienced creatives. Implementing this structure will deepen TAF’s connection to diverse communities and practices that constitute the field of art. Top project proposals will be evaluated by a selection panel composed of TAF stakeholders, including but not limited to program advisors, collaborators, past award recipients, and TAF staff.
Tulsa Artist Fellowship's 2024-2026 award application will open for submissions from January 18, 2023 – February 16, 2023.
Artistic Practice Statement (500 word max)
Fellowship Statement & Project Proposal (1,000 word max)
Community Engagement Statement (300 word max)
Three Arts Field References (Contact information and field relationship)
Work Samples (Ten minimum samples created within the past five-years)
Photo credit: Melissa Lukenbaugh | Photo: Steve Bellin-Oka working in his Detroit Building studio
frequently asked questions
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Photo credit: Destiny Green | Photo: Candace Wiley and Ari Christopher performing at WORKS/IN/PROCESS series
Tulsa Artist Fellows intentionally engage with our city. Community engagement opportunities occur through a variety of internal and public programming including First Friday open studios, public readings, workshops, and performances. The arts are highly valued and celebrated in Tulsa. Here, you’ll find citizens and institutions that are open to new ideas and eager to support visionary work.
"The Tulsa Artist Fellowship has enabled me to expand my artistic practice to include a whole host of projects related to my primary practice of literary translation: publishing, performance-based readings and productions, collaborative practices (with visual artists, architects, museum professionals, and baseball players), and literary hoaxes."
Photo credit: Julianne Clark | Photo: McNeil reading at TAF Writers' Project, a community-engagement initiative
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