Individual Artist Fellowships

The NAC Individual Artist Fellowships (IAF) program recognizes exemplary career achievements by Nebraska artists. The IAF program supports originating artists in their respective fields by providing public recognition and monetary awards.

The IAF program focuses on various major artistic disciplines on a three-year rotation, including Visual Arts, Literature, and Filmmaking and Performing Arts.

The 2015 IAF in Literature application period is closed and will undergo selection panel review into the first quarter of 2015.  Panelist recommendations will be forwarded to the Nebraska Arts Council board for approval at the March 31, 2015 board meeting.  Award announcements will be made shortly thereafter. For inquiries about the program, contact Launa Bacon, Artist Services Manager, at 402-595-3935.

The IAF Artistic Disciplines, in order of review year:

The following Program Guidelines apply to each of the Artistic Disciplines under review. For information particular to a given discipline, click on the links listed above:


The IAF deadline traditionally occurs every November, and rotates amongst the artistic categories. Upcoming application deadlines:



For more information regarding the IAF program, please contact Launa Bacon, Artist Services Manager.

  • Literature: November 17, 2014
  • Visual Arts: November 15, 2015
  • Performing Arts and Filmmaking: November 15, 2016

Congratulations to the 2014 Individual Artist Fellowship in Filmmaking and Performing Arts awardees:

$5,000 Distinguished Artist Award
Michael Burton, Filmmaking - Animation (Lincoln)
Lee Murray, Filmmaking - Experimental (Omaha)

$2,000 Merit Award
Becky Key Boesen, Playwriting (Lincoln)
Randall Snyder, Composition (Lincoln)
Robert Stewart, Playwriting (Lincoln)
Andrew Yolland, Playwriting (Omaha)

$1,000 Merit Award
Joseph Basque, Playwriting (Omaha)
Brian Pfoltner, Composition (Lincoln)

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