Click HERE to review the 2022 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship Guidelines
For those interested, applicants may submit a preliminary draft of their application for feedback from the Arts Council's Grant Services team. Please submit draft by the following date:
September 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm (two weeks before application deadlines)
Applicants will be notified of award status in December 2021.
January 1 – December 31, 2022
General Grant Information
Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. was a founding board member of the Arts Council of Indianapolis in 1987. He was an active arts advocate, patron, a performing and visual artist, as well as a community leader. Upon his death in 2001, he bequeathed funds to the Arts Council for the creation of a fellowship program to support emerging artists of all disciplines in central Indiana. It is through the lasting generosity of Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. that we offer this fellowship opportunity to emerging artists throughout central Indiana.
The Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship Program awards two $3,500 fellowships each year to qualified and talented artists in music, dance, theatre, literature, media and/or the visual arts. The program consists of two distinct components. The first component, a monetary award in the amount of $3,500, will be awarded for supplies, instruction, workshops, studio or rehearsal space, or other uses specifically related to the growth and development of the artist’s artistic work. In addition to the grant, the fellows will receive professional development and growth opportunities through the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship program seeks to introduce and provide experiences, connections, and relationships with professional arts institutions and professional artists in central Indiana.
The Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship Program is internally reviewed by a panel of Arts Council staff. The 2020 panelists were Ernest Disney-Britton, Vice President, Community Impact & Investment; Julie Goodman, President & CEO; Lindsey Lord, Director of Artist Services & Gallery 924; Mike Prusa, Indianapolis Artsgarden Director; and Shannon Linker, Vice President, Artist Engagement & Director of Gallery 924.
Kosten uses her diverse musical background, from orchestral to electronic, to inspire her work. This Fellowship will focus on advancing her efforts in becoming one of the only women working in Indianapolis as a professional music producer. Kosten wants to create her own music and help other local musicians produce their art.
Young uses vivid storytelling and succinct rhyme patterns to capture the attention of his listeners. This fellowship will allow Young to grow his business through subscriber communication, the creation of a catalogue of music that he will license to various mediums, and the development of a one-of-a-kind album experience in the form of a playlist.
2016 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Jessical Ucul - photographer
Stuart Coleman - dancer
2013 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Adam Bodony - conductor
Amelia Morris - photographer
2012 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Joseph Crone - visual artist
Michael Burke - theatre director
2011 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Kathryn Dart - painter
Patrick McCarney - lighting designer
2009 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Christina Block - musician
Cindy Hinant - installation artist