Individual Artist Fellowships

The Individual Artist Fellowship program recognizes exemplary work by Nebraska artists and provides support through public recognition and monetary awards of $1,000-$5,000. Applicants are adjudicated by a professional, out-of-state panel according to the merit of their work. The program rotates annually, highlighting different artistic disciplines each year.

Upcoming Award Cycles
2018 -- Literature, Recipients announced in April
2019 -- Visual Arts, Deadline November 15, 2018
2020 -- Performing Arts/Filmmaking, Deadline November 15, 2019

We will be accepting applications for 2018 IAF Literature starting September 15, 2017.  Deadline is November 15, 2017.

Congratulations 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship recipients in Performing Arts and Filmmaking!

$3,500 Award
Jason Fischer, Omaha, Filmmaking
Ellen Struve, Omaha, Theater
Tyler White, Lincoln, Music

$2,000 Award
Beaufield Berry, Omaha, Theater
Tessa Wedberg, Omaha, Filmmaking

$1,500 Award
David Von Kampen, Lincoln, Music

$1,000 Award
Nichol Mason Lazenby, Omaha, Choreography
Dominique Morgan, Omaha, Music


  • Applicant must be 19 years old or older and a resident of Nebraska for two years prior to the application date and remain a resident of Nebraska during the fellowship award period of one year. To receive an award, the recipient must submit proof of residency via a notarized affidavit of residency, which will be kept on file at the NAC office.
  • Applicant must not be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or certificate-granting program in the artistic field in which the application is being made.
  • Applicant must be the originator of the work, not an interpreter of the work of others.
  • All previous fellowship winners are eligible to reapply. Previous winners must have completed their grant award requirement to be eligible, submit work not previously part of an award-winning application and can only apply every three years.

Review Criteria

  • This is a competitive program based on a professional peer review process. Applicants are adjudicated according to the merit of their work by out-of-state jurors selected for their expertise as established career professionals in the artistic discipline under consideration.
  • Evaluation criteria are based on the quality of work, which includes innovation demonstrated by significant critical and aesthetic considerations explored through the art form.

Application Process & Requirements

We will be accepting applications for 2018 IAF Literature starting September 15, 2017.  Deadline is November 15, 2017.

  • The IAF application process is conducted online via SlideRoom.
  • Applicants must provide a resume/CV.
  • Applicants must provide detailed information and upload media as specified for particular artistic discipline. This may include video, audio and/or PDF files.
  • The Nebraska Arts Council’s SlideRoom portal offers complete instructions and technical support for submitting work.

Apply Here

Contact: Launa Bacon // 402.595.3935