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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Applications Open for the Hamiltonian Fellowship Program Through March 2, 2015

The Hamiltonian Fellowship program provides each artist with a set of professional development opportunities and critical resources that are designed to help each artist advance their career and artistic practice. Fellows are expected to take active roles in the professional development, as well as that of the other fellows in the program while also contributing to the DC art community at large.

Hamiltonian Fellows receive:
  • Representation by our partner, Hamiltonian Gallery, for the full duration of your fellowship. 
  • Annual focus exhibitions at Hamiltonian Gallery. 
  • Annual group exhibitions at Hamiltonian Gallery and various off-site locations.
  • Access to mentor artists for advice on planning upcoming exhibitions and other professional needs. 
  • Mentor led group critiques for all exhibiting artists. 
  • Regular seminars in art and business with leaders in the community. 
  • An annual $1,000 stipend to cover career related expenses. 
  • Potential participation in national and international art events and fairs. 
  • Grant-writing experience and assistance. 
  • Hands-on experience in the marketing and promotion of their work in a commercial gallery environment. 
  • Post-fellowship placement assistance for artists looking for representation in other commercial galleries and positions in other art-related jobs.
All Hamiltonian Fellows are expected to:
  • Participate in monthly critiques and planning sessions for group exhibitions.
  • Attend Fellowship program seminars and lectures.
  • Give an artist talk in conjunction with their focus exhibition at Hamiltonian Gallery.
  • Participate in the mentor program by engaging with at least one mentor artist.
  • Utilize the gallery space at least one time during their tenure to plan an event with community involvement, such as a panel discussion, art performance, or workshop.
  • Attend other art shows in the area and participate in group discussion afterward.
  • Participate in the gallery and fellowship operations by taking an active role in the planning, promotion, and set-up of gallery exhibitions.
  • Review exhibitions of other Hamiltonian fellows and participate in community outreach programming.
Hamiltonian Artists encourages all interested artists who have not had prior gallery representation to apply for this competitive, two-year fellowship program. Artists from around the nation are eligible to apply, please should consider that strong participatory nature of the fellowship program.

Learn more about the Hamiltonian Fellowship Program.

2015 – 2017 application process: December 1, 2014 – March 2nd, 2015

All applicants must prepare the following items in electronic format on no more than two digital CDs. Unless specified, materials may be submitted in either MS doc or PDF format. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

1. A completed application form (form downloadable in MS doc or in PDF)
2. A cover letter
3. A resume/CV including contact information for two references
4. 10 images of your work created in the last two years (in JPEG or PDF)
* For new media artists, individual samples of videos should not be more than 3 minutes in length (in QuickTime or WMV)
5. A correlating list of works, including title, media, dimension and year executed
6. An artist statement (in MS doc)
7. Although not required, you may submit up to 3 other supporting materials such as press coverage, reviews, and other public write-ups about you or your work (in PDF)

For questions about the Hamiltonian Fellowship, please e-mail:

Applications must be postmarked by Monday, March 2nd, 2015. Please send the completed application, image CD(s) and $25 application fee (do not send cash) to:

Hamiltonian Artists
1353 U Street, NW
Suite 101
Washington DC, 20009

t: 202.332.1116 | f: 202.332.0569

Selection process
Applications will be reviewed by an External Review Panel that is selected for their breadth of knowledge and expertise in the field of contemporary art. The roster of panelists changes annually and is composed of art professionals including gallerists, art collectors, curators, and established artists. The review panel will choose ten finalists who will be contacted by the Hamiltonian staff for personal interviews. Based on the result from these interviews, the External Review Panel will then select the top five finalists, who will be informed about their status in May/June.

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