Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship
FY2018 Emerging Artist Award
Visual Arts and Media Arts
Application Deadline: Feb. 22, 2017
The Kentucky Arts Council strongly encourages you to read and understand the Emerging Artist
Award guidelines and instructions before accessing the online application.
Like all programs of the Kentucky Arts Council, the Emerging Artist Award is guided by the arts council’s core values. Successful applications will embody these core values, and all applicants are strongly encouraged to read and reflect upon them before submitting an application.
The purpose of the Emerging Artist Award program is to support Kentucky emerging artists engaged in creating artwork of high quality and to recognize creative excellence in practicing, professional Kentucky artists.
- The primary goal of the Emerging Artist Award is to directly support the advancement
and continuation of Kentucky emerging artists' careers and creative work.
- The Emerging Artist Award program seeks to provide public recognition and acknowledgement of Kentucky artists creating work of artistic merit.
Who May Apply
Emerging professional artists, responsible for creating their own work, not interpreting the work of others or creating under the supervision of an instructor or mentor.
- Visual Arts (two- and three-dimensional): Applications in visual arts are accepted in
odd-numbered years (e.g., 2017, 2019, etc.). Categories include: drawing, painting, photography,
printmaking, sculpture, craft, installation and mixed media.
Visual artists must select and apply under one discipline and subdiscipline. Visual artists working in conceptual, kinetic, mechanical and/or installation formats should consult with the individual artist director if unsure about selection of medium or discipline or the format of appropriate work samples.
- Media Arts (audio, film, technology/experimental and video): Applications in media arts
are accepted every four years in odd-numbered years (e.g. 2017, 2021, etc.). Media artists must
apply under one of four categories: audio, film, video or technology/experimental. Recorded
music, web portals, hubs, and mobile and tablet applications are not accepted in the media arts
category. Media arts include screen-based projects for film, television, radio, audio, video,
the Internet, interactive technologies, video games and transmedia storytelling. Work samples
may include films, multi-part or single television and radio programs (documentaries and dramatic
narratives); experimental; animated; transmedia; or interactive work, webisodes and video
games. Productions where the primary purpose is instructional, journalistic or promotional
will not be considered. Media artists creating art work for installations must apply under
visual arts. Media artists who are unsure where their art work fits within the mediums above
should consult with the individual artist director.
- Literary Arts (fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry): Applications in the literary arts
categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry are accepted in even-numbered years (e.g., 2018,
2020, etc.). Applicants must demonstrate a publication history. Self-published works, publications
for which the author has paid, and publications by publishers who do not engage in a process of
critical review of submitted work are not accepted as proof of publication. Picture books, books
of aphorisms, children’s books, and blog postings are ineligible. Creative nonfiction categories
include critical essays, literary criticism, biography, memoir, travel writing or other writing
that applies literary skills and methods to nonfiction.
- Literary Arts (play/screenwriting): Applications in the literary arts category of
play/screenwriting are accepted every four years in even-numbered years (e.g. 2018, 2022, etc.).
Applicants must demonstrate a history of play/screen production of original, written work.
- Composing: Applications in composing are accepted every four years in odd-numbered years
(e.g. 2019, 2023, etc.). The composing category is open to composers of chamber, electronic,
experimental, jazz and symphonic music.
- Choreography: Applications in choreography are accepted every four years in even-numbered years (e.g. 2020, 2024, etc.).
Emerging Artist Awards are $1,000 awards given to emerging Kentucky artists who demonstrate a high level of excellence and creativity in their work. For the purposes of this program, the term “emerging artist” is defined as a professional artist who is in the early stages, up to 10 years, of his/her career. Emerging artists possess some professional experience (i.e. exhibitions, sales, contracted/paid performances, publications/readings, etc.), but may not yet have established reputations as artists. Emerging artist applicants may be graduating seniors in bachelor’s programs, graduate students or non-matriculating, early-stage, professional artists. Emerging Artist Awards are based primarily upon the quality of the work samples submitted by the artist. Awards are unrestricted and may be used in any way to enhance the artist's career.
Applications will be assessed using the following performance expectations.
- Artistic Excellence (90%)
- Technical proficiency in keeping with the experience of an early career professional artist
- Creativity in keeping with the experience of an early career professional artist
- Distinctive artistic vision in keeping with the experience of an early career professional artist
- Professional Achievement (10%)
- Exhibitions, publications, awards, honors and other significant achievements or recognition
You may wish to refer to the Panelist Assessment Sheet to better understand how your application will be evaluated.
Work samples are the primary way that panelists assess artistic and professional quality. Please
consider your choice of work samples carefully in relation to the program performance expectations. Be
sure to also describe important points about the quality, scope and depth of your work in the application
narrative. All work samples must be submitted as links on YouTube, SoundCloud, etc. Do not mail work
samples; they will not be returned or forwarded to the panel for review. Work created collaboratively
or under the supervision of a mentor or an instructor is not eligible for consideration.
The emerging artist program uses a “blind jury” process, meaning that applicants’ names are not revealed to the panel. Pay careful attention to the specific requirements for submitting work samples, including blocking out your name, address and any contact information on copies. Any application that includes the artist’s name or other identifying information in the application introduction and narrative, the work sample index or on submitted work samples will be ruled ineligible and will not be forwarded to the panel for review.
All work samples must demonstrate the discipline and subdiscipline indicated on the application. All work samples must have been completed within the past three calendar years. (For the visual arts application deadline of Feb. 22, 2017, all work samples must have been completed between February 1, 2014, and February 15, 2017; for the media arts application deadline of Feb. 22, 2017, all work samples must have been completed between February 1, 2013, and Feb. 15, 2017.) All applications must include a Work Sample Index, which is created by filling in the required information in the Work Sample Selection. You must create an entry for each work sample submitted.
Visual arts subdisciplines include craft, drawing, installation, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Upload 10 JPEG images of at least eight separate pieces of work. Up to two images may be detail shots from one or two of the work samples. Do not combine work samples in a single image unless the pieces are sets (e.g., necklace, earrings and bracelet; tea pot, cups and saucers).
Media arts subdisciplines are audio, film, video and technology/experimental. Upload links for up to three work samples in one subdiscipline. Total combined work sample length may not exceed 10 minutes.
Work Sample Preparation.
- No individual may receive more than two Emerging Artist Awards from the Kentucky Arts Council.
- Emerging artists who have previously received an Emerging Artist Award ($1,000) in any
discipline must wait a total of four years before applying for another Emerging Artist Award.
- Artists who have received an Emerging Artist Award must wait a total of two years before
applying for an Al Smith Fellowship.
- Artists who have received Al Smith Fellowships may not apply for an Emerging Artist Award.
- Artists may only apply with work samples over which they had complete creative control
and which were not created solely for commercial or instructional purposes.
- Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary or multi-category applications are not eligible.
- Translations are not eligible.
- Collaborations and teams are not eligible.
- Artists may apply in only one discipline and one subdiscipline per application year. All work
samples submitted must be representative of the selected discipline and subdiscipline.
- With the exception of media arts, all work samples must have been completed within the past three years. Media artists may submit work completed within the past four years.
Postmark deadline for submission of paper copy
of the application and attachments
Review of applications by panel
Arts council board reviews panel
Grant agreement form due
Feb. 24, 2017
As soon as possible after board meeting
Within 30 days of receipt of grant agreement form
The arts council will offer the following support to ensure that Emerging Artist Award program standards and goals are met:
- Press releases and public information will be distributed announcing the
new recipients of the Emerging Artist Awards.
- Recipients of Emerging Artist Awards will be included in an online listing of Kentucky Arts Council award recipients.
Completed application forms must be submitted via the Kentucky Arts Council's online
application system (KASOL) by 11:59 p.m. Eastern by Feb. 22, 2017. Upon online submission,
the PDF version of the application will be available on your Member Page. Print and sign
the application signature page in red ink and
mail or deliver it to the arts council by Feb. 24, 2017. The PDF must be: 1) officially
postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service, or 2) delivered by a shipping service (e.g., UPS,
Federal Express, etc.) with a paid receipt on or before the deadline date, or 3) hand
delivered to the arts council office no later than 4:30 p.m. on the deadline date. Packages
dated with internal postage meters and applications sent by FAX or email will not be
accepted. Please be aware that your post office may not automatically use a dated
postmark. It is highly recommended that you request hand cancellation with the date
included. Please note that, due to postal regulations, all packages weighing more
than 13 ounces must be given directly to a postal clerk at a post office, not
dropped in a postal box.
Note: An application will not be considered eligible until both the electronically submitted KASOL application and the signed, printed copy of the KASOL application have been received by the Kentucky Arts Council according to the deadlines listed above.
Accessing the online application
Applications for this program are made through Kentucky Arts Services OnLine (KASOL) located at www.kyarts.org. Be sure to file your username and password in an accessible place to ensure that you can access your account later.
Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number
The arts council requires that all applicants have a DUNS number. Dun & Bradstreet
keeps track of more than 70 million businesses worldwide through its Data Universal
Numbering System. In recent years, the DUNS number has become increasingly important
as an arts advocacy tool for both federal and state governments (e.g., the National
Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Council) and national arts organizations
(e.g., Americans for the Arts). Organizations use data from DUNS number applications to
demonstrate the power of the arts to stimulate economic activity and create jobs.
To learn more about the DUNS number, click below to visit the American for the Arts website:
To apply for your free DUNS number, click below to access the Dun & Bradstreet website:
NOTE: It may take up to thirty (30) days for your DUNS application to be processed. We recommend that you submit your application immediately.
Applicants must be United States citizens, lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent
residence or have permission from the Department of Homeland Security to work permanently in the U.S.
Applicants must have been legal Kentucky residents for a period of at least one year immediately before the application deadline (e.g., legal residency must have begun no later than Feb. 15, 2016 for applications due Feb. 22, 2017).
For proof of residency, applicants must submit a copy of two of the following at the time of application:
- Kentucky driver’s license, which includes the date issued and expiration date OR
State of Kentucky identification card, which includes the date issued and expiration
date (note: The arts council will not accept both a Kentucky driver’s license and a
State of Kentucky identification card as the two required proofs of residency.)
- Kentucky voter registration verification (downloadable from the State Board of
Elections’ Voter Information Center website at https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/VIC/.)
- Kentucky state income tax form (740 series for full-year residents) filed within the previous two years.
Panels of out-of-state, discipline-based arts professionals will review all emerging artist award applications according to the performance expectations.
Arts Council Board Meeting
The panel’s recommendations are forwarded to the arts council’s governing board for approval.
Applicants who are approved for funding enter into an agreement with the Commonwealth of
Kentucky. Agreements cannot be altered without prior approval from the arts council's executive director.
Grant agreements must be signed and returned within 30 days to initiate payment and all funds must be disbursed by the arts council by June 30, 2018. Funds are not available after this time.
All arts council grantees must submit a final report within 30 days of completion of the grant period. The final report form can be accessed on the Arts Council website. If a grantee fails to submit the required final report for any grant, the arts council will accept no future applications from the grantee, and the grantee’s entry in the online directory and all outstanding payments will be suspended until an acceptable final report is submitted.
There are no appeals in this program.
For More Information
The arts council welcomes all questions regarding this program. For more information, contact:
Individual Artist Director
888-833-2787 (toll free)
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