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Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship 2019 Application

Application Information


Thank you for you interest in applying for the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. Please read over the information below before filling out the application.

Deadline for submissions is extended to August 15th, 2018
Originally July 1st, 2018

The Eiteljorg Museum established the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship in 1999. Since then, the museum has awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants and added the works of 50 Native American fine artists to the permanent collection.

Fellowships and Exhibition
The Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship is a partnership between the museum and the artists that requires the spirit of professionalism and respect. The museum will honor the artists with the following:
  • $25,000.00 unrestricted award
  • The museum may purchase work from the artist for the permanent collection.
  • The museum will publish a catalog featuring the artists and their work.
  • The museum will arrange and pay for shipping the artists work to and from the museum.
  • The museum will interview and video tape each artist about their work.
  • The artists travel, accommodations and most meals will be at the museum’s expense.
  • The artists work will be promoted and advertised to local and national publications.
  • The artists will be honored at a special gala evening event.
Invited Artist
Prior to the announcement of the 2019 Fellows, an artist will be chosen to be part of the Eiteljorg Fellowship with the special designation of “Invited Artist.” This artist does not have to apply and is chosen based on their overall body of work and the museum’s contemporary collections strategy. If you would like to suggest an artist for this distinction, then please contact Jennifer Complo McNutt or Dorene Red Cloud (contact information below)

Selected Artists
In order to do the best possible job for all artists participating in the Fellowship event, each artist must be willing and able to do the following:
  • Provide requested materials such as images, current resume, and additional information in a timely manner.
  • The artist will work with the museum registrar to arrange the shipment of their work to the Eiteljorg by January 15, 2019 to be photographed and stored until the end of the exhibition.
  • The artist will provide an email address and/or telephone number that they check regularly and respond to all communication within a reasonable time.
  • The artist will travel to Indianapolis several days prior to the exhibition for fellowship, installation issues, and filming interviews.
  • The artist agrees to participate in the Gala celebration, details TBD.
  • The artist grants permission for the museum to use images of them and their work in any or all promotional or educational publications.
  • The artist agrees to be filmed for archival and marketing purposes.
  • The artist will present their work to the public in tours and/or other presentations.

This is a professional award and it requires a partnership between the museum and the artists. If there are any elements of the above the artist is unable to fulfill, then the museum encourages the artist to apply to other, more appropriate programs.

Selection Process
The museum’s professional staff will screen out all nominations that do not meet the submission requirements stated herein. A national panel of experts then will choose the four Fellowship awardees based on the required materials for application and the quality of the work as evidenced in the images and supporting materials.

The panel selects two additional artists as alternates. If a selected artist is unable to fulfill obligations for the Fellowship exhibit and related activities, then the award will be given to an alternate candidate.

Art Shipping and Insurance
The Eiteljorg Museum will arrange or pre-approve shipping and crating costs. The museum also will provide insurance coverage during transit and for the duration of the exhibition.

Artist that have equipment needs will be given a “not-to-exceed” budget. Additional expenses will be covered by the artists.

Travel and Accommodations
The museum will provide transportation and hotel accommodations; most meals will be arranged for the Fellowship artists during their visit.  Expenses for artists' guests must be paid by the artist or their guest.

Reproduction Rights
The artist grants permission to reproduce selected works in publications and media for promotional and educational purposes. This may include but is not limited to newspapers, magazines, journals, books, online, and social media.

The museum publishes a critical catalogue to pay tribute to the Invited artist and Eiteljorg Fellows. The museum will work with artists to identify appropriate authors but final selection is the responsibility of the institution. No authors shall be contacted by the artist. All negotiations, responsibilities and requirements will be done contractually with the Eiteljorg Museum.

Submission Requirements
All artists must include proof of enrollment, membership, or status to be eligible. Enrolled artists from the United States and Canada are eligible.

1. Artists must be 21 years of age or older.
2. Artists must agree to attend the opening activities of the exhibition and participate in videotaping, media interviews and panel and roundtable discussions.
3. Each artist’s work should convey a mature, professional style that can be identified as his or her visual signature. Elements of the artist’s portfolio must include:
  • Up to ten (10) digital images of artist’s work. five (5) of these works must have been completed in the last three years and must be available for purchase.
  • Current resume.
  • Artist’s statement (limited to 500 words)
  • May include up to three (3) literary materials such as exhibition catalogs, magazine articles, or critical reviews. (Optional)

Painting, prints, photography, sculpture, installation art, mixed media, and performance art are all eligible. The Eiteljorg Museum is interested in promoting and purchasing major works of art from artists who meet the stated criteria and who are selected by the panel of jurors. Please send important examples of your work. Monumental work is eligible for the competition.

If you have questions regarding the application or review process, then please contact Jennifer Complo McNutt, curator of contemporary art, at (317) 275-1362 or; or, assistant curator of Native American art, Dorene Red Cloud at (317) 275-1352 or

If you are having technical issue with the application, then please contact Jason Allen at 317-275-1361, or