South Carolina Arts Commission

Individual Artist Fellowships

Fellowships recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists.

The $8,500 awards are made through a highly competitive process.

Some key changes to the program have come as of FY22. The increasing of the award to $8,500 from $5,000 is the first. The second is the addition of more modern, inclusive disciplines to its established rotation over the course of four years: spoken word and slam poetry; time-based art, which includes installation, sound, experimental film, video art, computer-based technology or performance); choreography and directing in film, theatre, and opera; and the design arts, which include architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial, or interior.

“The fellowship program is one of the arts commission’s signature programs. It directly impacts artist development, one of the agency’s three core functions,” Artist Services Director Ce Scott-Fitts said.

“Increasing the award makes the program more prestigious, but better serves the recipients. They receive financial resources so that they may focus on developing and creating art. Adding disciplines allows for more inclusion while demonstrating how many aspects of the creative economy are touched by the arts.”

A diverse group of panelists from each discipline is selected to judge applicants. The application process is no longer anonymous, and awards are no longer made solely on artistic merit. Consideration is given to achievements and commitment to the discipline in which artists apply.

Fellowships lend prestige to an artist’s reputation and can open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. A list of accomplished fellowship recipients is below.

The disciplines in the FY23 rotation are:

  • Prose
  • Spoken Word/Slam Poetry
  • Performance: Dance, Music, or Acting (theatre/film)
  • Playwriting/Screenwriting

Each category will have one recipient if enough applications are received.

This page serves to showcase the current grantees and some of their representative work samples.

Current Fellows (FY22)

When soliciting artist statements, the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) provides artists complete latitude for those statements they craft to take any form. Publication of said statements does not—and should not be understood to—indicate endorsement by the state of South Carolina, SCAC, or agents thereof.

Past Fellows

Questions?

If you are seeking more program information or advisement before submitting a grant application, please contact Artist Development Director Ce Scott-Fitts (803.734.8203 | cscottfitts@arts.sc.gov).