Visual Arts Fellowships 2019–20

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship Program is a vital source of funding for the visual arts and art history in Virginia. VMFA is committed to supporting professional artists as well as art and art history students who demonstrate exceptional creative ability in their chosen discipline and, as such, has awarded nearly $5.5 million in Fellowships to Virginians.

The Fellowship Program was established in 1940 through a generous contribution made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg. 2015 marked the 75th anniversary! Offered through VMFA Statewide, Fellowships are still largely funded through the Pratt endowment, supplemented by gifts from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation and the J. Warwick McClintic Jr. Scholarship Fund.

2019–20 Fellowship Application

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A complete application includes:

    1. General Application Form
    2. Resume/CV
    3. Work Samples (Images/videos/papers)
    4. Work Sample Submission Form/list (outlined in How to apply)
    5. Artistic Statement (visual arts only)
    6. Transcript (students only)

Information on Deadline, Eligibility, Adjudiction, Notification, and Help all outlined below

See step by step “How to Apply” instructions below.

The best part? It’s totally free to apply!


Professional Individual | $8,000

Professional Collaborative| $8,000

Professional artists who can clearly demonstrate a history of ongoing collaboration may apply together for one fellowship.

Collaborating winners will receive one $8,000 fellowship to divide among themselves.

Graduate (Individual only) | $6,000

Includes Art History.

Undergraduate (Individual only) | $4,000

Individual only. Includes college-bound high school seniors.

Graduate | Undergraduate Half-year | $3,000 | $2,000
(Individual only)

Half-year fall semester Fellowship awards (worth $3,000 for graduate students and $2,000 for undergraduate students) may be considered on a case-by-case basis for full-time students in the final year of a degree program who plan to graduate in December 2018.

Deadline: 5 pm, November 2, 2018

Incomplete applications will not be considered

Applications not received by the deadline will not be considered (please allow the appropriate amount of time based on your upload speed to upload the entire 25MB before the 5pm deadline)

Each member in a collaborative team must complete and submit his/her own General Application Form and resume/CV.

Paper applications will not be considered (please contact the Fellowship Office if you are unable to meet this requirement).