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.


Current Award Cycle

2019 -- Visual Arts | Application period closed November 15, 2018


Upcoming Award Cycles

2020 -- Performing Arts/Filmmaking | Deadline November 15, 2019

2021 -- Literature | Deadline November 15, 2020



  • 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

Contact: Meagan Dion // 402.595.3935



2018 Individual Artist Fellowship | Literature Award Recipients:

$4000 Award

Emily Borgmann

Amy Knox Brown

Carson Vaughan


$1,000 Award

Grace Bauer

Heather Herrman

Sarah McKinstry-Brown

Karen Shoemaker

Brent Spencer

Mary K. Stillwell