Attention Empire State Artists: New York Foundation for the Arts Accepting Applications for 2015 Artists' Fellowships

We recently looked at the Seattle-based Artists Trust, which offers an unrestricted award of $10,000 annually to a female visual artist in Washington State, age 60 or older, who has dedicated 25 years or more of her life to creating art.

Today we'd like to travel east, approximately 3,000 miles to New York, where a similar state-focused foundation recently began accepting applications for equally generous fellowships for in-state residents. We're talking about the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), which for 29 years has been awarding Artists' Fellowships at $7,000 a pop for individual artists living in New York State and/or Indian Nations located in New York State.

The NYFA is now accepting applications for the the 2014-2015 fellowship cycle across two categories:

  • Fiction, Folk/Traditional Arts, and Interdisciplinary Work. Deadline is February 26, 2015 at 11:50 pm EST.
  • Painting and Video/Film. Deadline is February 27, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST.

It's worth noting that Artists' Fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an "artist's vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development." We take this to mean that winners may not necessarily need to produce a finished work as much as advance an idea to the next stage of development.

Interested? Click here to apply. Odds seem promising. The NYFA is a generous bunch. In 2014, it awarded 90 grants to 93 awardees with three collaborations for a total of $630,000.

And if your preferred genre of the arts isn't included above, fear not. Applications for the 2015-2016 award cycle will open in Fall 2015, when the following categories will be reviewed:

  • Architecture/Environmental Structures/Design
  • Choreography
  • Music/Sound
  • Photography
  • Playwriting/Screenwriting

One last thing. A closer look at where the money comes from suggests a healthy balance between public and private funding. The fellowships are administered with leadership support from the New York State Council on the Arts, with funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and, of course, good old fashioned individual donors.