Grants

Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowship

2018 Timeline:
     Application released: May 1, 2017
     Application workshop: June 8, 2017
     Application deadline: June 23, 2017 
     Application notification: September 2017
     Support begins: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018   

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.  

For more information, please contact Ernest Disney-Britton at (317) 631-3301 or ebritton@indyarts.org.

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

Equity Statement

The Arts Council of Indianapolis will make equitable access to arts funding for all arts organizations and artists in Indianapolis a guiding principle of Arts Council grant making. Such funding will unite arts organizations and artists with diverse populations of our community to nurture a thriving culture for the arts within the City of Indianapolis.