Tulsa Artist Fellowship: Visual Arts & Writing

The George Kaiser Family Foundation

Tulsa, OK


The George Kaiser Family Foundation established the Tulsa Artist Fellowship in 2015 to enhance the local art scene by retaining and recruiting artists to Tulsa. In 2016, TAF welcomed 12 visual artists to the fellowship from near and far.  In 2017, the program expanded to provide fellowships in two categories: Visual Arts and Writing.


The Tulsa Artist Fellowship cultivates Tulsa’s art scene by both supporting local artists and attracting national artists. 

The Tulsa Artist Fellowship provides an unrestricted stipend, free housing and work-space in Tulsa, Oklahoma to US Resident artists. Given the unique cultural and historical landscape of Tulsa, some fellowship spots will be reserved for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian artists. The Fellows are expected to integrate into the Tulsa arts community through local programs, symposiums and more. These and other activities introduce the artists to the many treasures at Gilcrease Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art and beyond. The artists live and work in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District, participating in the local arts community. Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, with a one-year term allowing the option to renew for a second year. 

The fellowship seeks to obtain a diverse mix of local and national artists at different stages in their career.

The program will reserve some of the fellowship positions for Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian artists. A screening committee and selection panel will follow the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 as a guideline in awarding Native American artists a fellowship. 


  • Year 1: $20,000 plus free housing and studio workspace
  • Year 2: $12,500 plus free housing and studio workspace
  • Year 3: $7,500 plus free housing and studio workspace


  • Artists must be 21 years of age
  • Artists must be a US Resident
  • Artists must pass a background check

For 2018, TAF will awarded fellowships in two categories: Visual Arts and Writing.

For Visual Artists, fellowships will be awarded in Public and/or Gallery Oriented Visual Artists of all kinds.

For Writers, TAF will award fellowships to writers focused on Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Young-Adult Fiction, Poetry, and Play/Screen Writing.

To Apply

The TAF committee encourages applicants at all stages of their career to apply.

The Fellowship applications will be screened for eligibility by the local coordinating committee. Review of the application will be performed by a national panel of artists, art critics, curators, editors, writers, art educators and administrators.

To apply, visit: http://www.tulsaartistfellowship.org/apply/

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