New Harpo Foundation Fellowships for Native American Artists


The VSC/Harpo Foundation Fellowship was established in 2011 to support the development of Native American visual artists and foster intercultural dialogue. Each year, the Harpo Foundation supports two fellows and has so far funded fourteen month-long VSC residencies. 

At our 2/15 deadline, we're excited to continue this partnership through 2018 by offering an additional TWO  VSC/Harpo Foundation Fellowships for Native American Artists. Each award includes a $500 travel stipend. These awards are for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian visual artists (see complete eligibility requirements here).

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As an American Indian artist, I am constantly thinking about the link between my culture and my artwork. My work reflects on objects that relate to traditional and contemporary Mohawk culture and I often struggle with representation of an object—in particular, how much abstraction should be brought to the work. My time at the Vermont Studio Center has helped me explore that line and in turn, pushed my work conceptually. –Margaret Jacobs, '15 Harpo Foundation Fellow


I really enjoyed the intimacy of working alongside other artists and being exposed to how people different people work. Living and working alongside other artists is such an intimate experience in that you aren’t just seeing finished products on exhibition- you are witnessing how people work and thrive and struggle. 
–Janelle Iglesias, '10 Harpo Foundation Fellow

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My one-on-one talks with the visiting artists were helpful and enlightening.  Since I live in an isolated community, I know the opportunity to have nationally and internationally known artists come into my studio to speak with me personally about my work would not have occurred if not for the Harpo Foundation and VSC. –Gerald Clarke, '17 Harpo Foundation Fellow