2024 Application Resources
August 7, 2023
Draft Submission Deadline
September 17, 2023
October 9, 2023
by December 15, 2023
January to December 2024
Click here to review the 2024 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship Guidelines
Applicants may submit a preliminary draft of their application for feedback from the Indy Arts Council grant services team. Please submit a draft by September 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.
Applicants will be notified of award status by December 15, 2023.
We can answer questions during open office hours every other Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. Register here.
In-person at Indy Arts Council:
Join us for in-person office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 5, 2023. Applicants can use our WiFi, get assistance with uploading documents, and request any last minute support. No registration required.
Open to: central Indiana artists who have been working in the arts for 1-3 years.
The program awards two fellowships each year to qualified emerging artists who want to pursue full-time careers in dance, theater, music, literature, film or visual arts. Fellows receive:
- $3,500 for supplies, workshops, studio/rehearsal space, or other uses that develop the artist's knowledge and skills.
- Professional development and networking opportunities through Indy Arts Council.
These fellowships honor the legacy of Robert D. Beckmann, Jr., a visual and performing artist and a founding board member of the Indy Arts Council.
Meet the 2023 Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellows
Jade Davidson is a self-taught singer/songwriter, guitarist, and music producer who describes her style as “bluesy grit” mixed with indie and jazz. For her, music has always been a way to transcend difficult emotions; she was 12 when she wrote her first song, about her brother’s struggle with depression.
As a 2023 Beckmann Emerging Artist, she plans to record and produce new music. “People’s souls need art,” she says. “I want to be a bridge for that connection, so people know that they are not alone."
Matthew Cooper is an self-taught artist specializing in mixed media paintings. From exhibiting in galleries during his early career, to being commissioned to paint murals around Indianapolis and becoming an Art & Soul 2021 Featured Artist, Matthew is leaving his mark on his hometown.
He received his ALA from Vincennes University in 2012 and attended IUPUI Herron Art & Design, where he studied drawing and minored in Africana studies.
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