American Antiquarian Society: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: AAS funds fellowships that improve the American people’s understanding of pre-twentieth century history.

IP TAKE: Applicants should keep in mind that AAS prioritizes work for general audiences rather than academic or specialized audiences.

PROFILE: The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) was created in 1812 by Isaiah Thomas, newspaper publisher and author who performed the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. The society is a “national research library of American history and culture through 1876.” Its collection includes books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, music, and graphic arts material. It seeks to preserve and expand “the library’s unmatched collections of Americana,” and serve “the people who use them.” AAS funds artist fellowships, including support for visual arts.

 The Fellowships for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers support three four-week residencies at AAS any time during the calendar year. The $1,850 stipend excludes travel and room fees. Funded projects include: costume designs, set designs, illustrations and other graphic arts, book designs, sculpture, paintings, and other works of fine and applied art.

Apply for the fellowship here and send two letters of reference to Cheryl McRell, Program Administrator, at


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