The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) is proud to announce the application for its new Visual Artist Fellowship is now open. Please review the new guidelines below

Please note each application is reviewed carefully and all applicants are eligible for exhibition, sales, teaching and other opportunities through CFEVA. All professional visual artists are encouraged to apply before January 15, 2013.

Fellowship Overview

The Visual Artist Fellowship is designed to help artists within 100 miles of Philadelphia reach new levels in their artistic and professional practice. Selected artists will receive a stipend and a full range of career support over the two-year Fellowship to ensure the successful realization of a career goal or specific project as defined in the application.

Artists will be asked to demonstrate a vision for the next level of their professional or artistic practice and a clear plan for CFEVA’s proposed role in reaching it. Artists will be selected based on the merit of their artwork, their proven track record in project completion, their vision for the next level in their career and the ability of CFEVA to help them achieve their goals.

We invite all artists to apply with their current needs and ideas regardless of their status of emerging, mid career or established.

Application Process
Electronic Application
Artists will be asked to submit an electronic application before January 15, 2013. Please see the bottom of this page for tips on the application process. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, so artists are encouraged to apply early. The application fee is $35. Applications are available at CFEVA Slideroom.

Finalists Selected for Interviews
In March 2013, ten artists will be selected as Finalists and will participate in an orientation which will inform them of all program benefits, as well as participation requirements if selected for the full Fellowship. At this time, artists may also seek assistance in preparing for individual interviews, which will be conducted in April 2013.

Fellows Named
In May 2013, three artists will be selected from the group of Finalists and named as the 2013 Visual Artist Fellows. A full day orientation will take place in June, after which the official Fellowship will begin.

All Visual Artist Fellows will
– Receive mentorship from CFEVA’s Board of Artistic Advisors to help reach stated professional and artistic goals
– Receive consistent guidance from a dedicated CFEVA staff member to facilitate the successful completion of the project or outcome
– Receive a stipend ranging from $1000 – $6000
– Receive support in finding/writing grants and other means of fundraising necessary to produce the selected project or outcome
– Receive promotional support for the project or outcome, including website/technology solutions and press relations

All Finalists and Fellows will
– Become members of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, receiving a unique profile page on CFEVA’s website
– Become featured participants in the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours for 2013 and 2014 
– Receive free admission to the Direct Dialogues Lecture Series
– Gain exposure through CFEVA exhibitions and special projects
– Be eligible for funding through USA Projects 
– Complimentary development of a digital portfolio through AgileZoom, a mobile app-based technology 
– Complimentary development of an artist website through Heavybubble 

To ensure maximum participation in this program, All Finalists and Fellows
– Must live in CFEVA’s service area, which is 100 mile radius of Philadelphia. Please see the application for the specific geographic region.
– May not be enrolled in a full-time academic program (part time classes and continuing education are permitted)
– May not have commercial gallery representation or a contractual relationship with a commercial gallery
– May not be a current or former Career Development Program Fellow
– Must be dedicated to a life as a professional visual artist

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please see below for tips on the application process. Final application deadline is January 15, 2013.
For questions, please review the Frequently Asked Questions below. If you have additional inquiries, please contact Genevieve Coutroubis at

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