South Carolina artists invited to apply for fellowships

South Carolina artists working in visual arts, craft, media production or media screenwriting are invited to apply for a 2013-2014 Individual Artist Fellowship Award from the South Carolina Arts Commission. Up to four fellowships of $5,000 will be awarded. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2012.

Past fellows agree that fellowships offer endorsements that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities.

“The (fellowship) provides artists a significant level of support to pursue their work. I found it tremendously validating, and it inspired me to create music that I hope will be a source of pride to South Carolinians for years to come,” said Mark Kilstofte, 2011-2012 music composition fellow.

The Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Fellowship program encourages the pursuit of artistic excellence and provides financial support to South Carolina artists of merit. Since 1976, the Arts Commission has awarded more than 200 fellowships to actors, craftsmen, poets, screenwriters, visual artists, musicians and others in recognition of exemplary artistic talent. Fellowship awards have no restriction on use of funds.

Fellows and alternates are recommended by out-of-state review panelists, who make selections based solely on a review of anonymous work samples. Applications and guidelines are available on the Arts Commission’s website.

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