2021 Da Vinci Fellowships
deadline: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Inspired by the vision of Da Vinci Art Alliance’s founders, The Da Vinci Fellowship Program was created in 2018 to better serve the DVAA Membership and the evolving arts communities in Philadelphia. The Da Vinci Fellowship program builds off of DVAA’s founding mission to “build community through art” by annually supporting under-represented voices, innovative ideas, and underserved artists. The Da Vinci Fellowship Program has three distinct tracks that provide equitable opportunities for local creators by guiding them through the curatorial and exhibition process, resulting in an exhibition in DVAA’s gallery spaces. Fellows are encouraged to take risks, experiment, and pursue ambitious exhibition concepts and themes with the support of DVAA staff and resources. Proposed projects may explore a central theme, works from a common medium, showcase a specific community, or involve any number of collaborators.
What the program offers:
- A 3-week long exhibition in DVAA’s Gallery 1
- $500 stipend
- $100 gift card to Artist & Craftsman for supplies/materials
- Logistical and conceptual assistance from DVAA’s Exhibitions and Programming Director
- Marketing support from DVAA’s Marketing Manager
- DVAA Membership for 2 years, beginning at the start of Fellowship (value: $595)
- Integration into DVAA’s Membership network
- Profile on DVAA website
Learn more about eligibility and application requirements here
THE KATHRYN PANNEPACKER FELLOW:
Named for textile/visual/community artist Kathryn Pannepacker who revitalized DVAA in 1997 and who continues to work deeply with local communities around criminal justice, homelessness, substance abuse and other mental/behavioral health challenges.
- The Kathryn Pannepacker Fellow will create a compelling, incisive exhibition that centers social justice issues. This exhibition will take place June 24th – July 25th, 2021.
- Inspired by the work of Kathryn Pannepacker, this Fellow will build community by opening up narratives around equity, social change and inclusion.
- This Fellowship track is open to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
THE MICHELLE ANGELA ORTIZ FELLOW:
Named for Michelle Angela Ortiz and her 20 years of work using her art to represent people and communities whose histories are often lost or co-opted.
- The Michelle Angela Ortiz Fellow will create an exhibition or curatorial project that explores international identities and personal narratives. This exhibition will take place November 3rd – November 21st, 2021.
- Artists in this fellowship track are challenged to push their exhibitions beyond white box gallery spaces, engaging with local communities to examine and explore collective stories aimed at widening the narrative while uplifting artists of color.
- This Fellowship track is open to underrepresented individuals of all ages.
THE LINDA LEE ALTER FELLOW:
This Fellowship track is named for Philadelphia artist, collector, and philanthropist known for celebrating women and LGBTQ+ voices; Linda Lee Alter.
- The Linda Lee Alter Fellow will create an exhibition or curatorial project that will take place August 1st – August 18th, 2021.
- Artists in this fellowship track will use the DVAA gallery space to exhibit work of any theme, medium, or content.
- This Fellowship is open to women, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION HERE