Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship

2023 APPLICATION RESOURCES

TIMELINE

Application Release
August 8, 2022 at 9 a.m.

Draft Submission Deadline
September 25, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Application Deadline
October 16, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

Adjudication
October - November 2022

Award Notification
Early- to mid-December 2022

Fellowship Duration
January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023

GUIDELINES

Click HERE to review the 2023 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship Guidelines

DRAFT DEADLINE

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 25, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

AWARD NOTIFICATION

Applicants will be notified of award status in December 2022.

WORKSHOPS

Applicants are invited to attend the following free application workshops:

  • August 19, 2022 at 4 p.m. (vitural) REGISTER
  • September 8, 2022 at 10 a.m. (vitural) REGISTER
  • September 20, 2022 at 12 p.m. (vitural) REGISTER
OPEN OFFICE HOURS

We can answer questions during open office hours on Zoom every Monday from 11 am - noon. Register here.


ABOUT THE BECKMANN EMERGING ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

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. This fellowship program seeks to introduce and provide experiences, connections, and relationships with professional arts institutions and professional artists in central Indiana.  

Applications for the 2023 fellowship period are open August 8, 2022 - October 16, 2022. To view the application guidelines click here.

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WORKSHOPS

Applicants are invited to attend the following free application workshops:

PANELISTS

The Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship Program is internally reviewed by a panel of Arts Council staff. The 2021 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, former Vice President, Artist Engagement & Director of Gallery 924.

ABOUT ROBERT D. BECKMANN, JR.

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.


Meet the 2022 Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellows

Chantel Massey

Poet

Massey's first poetry collection, “Bursting At The Seams,” is the story of a Black girl growing up in the Midwest. Her work advocates for wellness, human rights, and social justice through use of confessional poetry exploring themes of Blackness, womanhood, identity, memory/archive, familial relationships, the process and act of giving up self- betrayal, and the riot of Black joy. Massey will travel to Brittany, France, to attend the Le Stylo Noir Writer’s Retreat to develop new work for a second edition of “Bursting At The Seams,” which she said will be focused on, “my own ancestral connection to Indiana, Black joy, intersectionality, and how my mother's healing is connected to my own.

Natalie Clevenger

Choreographer

Dance Kaleidoscope company member Natalie Clevenger is a queer choreographer who focuses on LGBTQ+ themes with an emphasis on gender binaries. “As a dancer, we often are forced to fit into a binary or express ourselves as dictated by the choreographer,” she said. “My movement quality naturally exemplifies masculine traits, such as strong, broad movements and high jumps.” Clevenger will host a performance of new works by LGBTQ+-identifying choreographers to create a democratic, gender-inclusive space for dancers in which they are not limited by or cast according to how they present.

Taylor Bamgbose

Visual Artist & Writer

Taylor Marie Bamgbose’s two passions are art and mental health. Her most recent series of paintings, “State of Mind,” “explores the nuance of emotion, creating space for the viewer to reflect on how emotion is at work in their life, for better or worse,” she said. Bamgbose will use her Beckmann award to increase accessibility to her work through the production of high-quality prints and invest in the development of her career through promotional activities and professional networking.


2021 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Addie Kosten - musician
Mickey Young - musician

2020 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Manon Voice - spoken word
Joshua Thompson - musician

2019 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Gary Gee - ceramicist and painter
Jaclyn Head - ceramicist 

2018 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Alicia Zanoni - painter
TOO Black - spoken word artist

2017 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Derrick Carter - painter
Eric Salazar - musician

2016 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Jessical Ucul - photographer
Stuart Coleman - dancer

2015 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Betsy Boxberger - dancer
Kassim Norris - filmmaker

2014 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Ash Robinson - conceptual artist
Melissa Kistler - sculptor

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

2010 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Diane L. Lewis - poet
Emily Budd - sculptor

2009 Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Christina Block - musician
Cindy Hinant - installation artist

2008 Inaugural Robert D. Beckmann, Jr. Emerging Artist Fellows:
Kate Oberreich - painter
Kyle Herrington - painter

 

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