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Individual Artist Fellows



Delaware’s Individual Artist Fellowships recognize artists for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary awards. Individual Artist Fellows are publicly acknowledged and benefit from the additional exposure to their work

2019 Individual Artist Fellows

This year, work samples from 136 Delaware choreographers, composers, musicians, writers, and visual artists were reviewed by out-of-state arts professionals, considering both demonstrated creativity and skill in their art form. Twenty artists were selected for Fellowships and three Honorable Mentions.

Each year, the Biggs Museum of American Art, in partnership with the Delaware Division of the Arts, exhibits the work of Delaware’s Artist Fellows at the Award Winners exhibition. This year, Award Winners XIX will begin at the Biggs Museum and travel to CAMP Rehoboth, Rehoboth Beach and Cab Calloway School of the Arts, Wilmington. Exhibition dates will be announced soon.

Check out our special feature in DelawareScene.com with upcoming Fellow events.

Previous Artist Fellows by Year:

2018 2017 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

Masters Award ($10,000)

NameCommunityArtistic Discipline
Billie TravaliniWilmingtonLiterature: Fiction

Established Professional Award ($6,000)

NameCommunityArtistic Discipline
Susan BernacikWilmingtonVisual Arts: Works on Paper
Shawn FaustBearVisual Arts: Painting
Don FosterDoverLiterature: Fiction
Daniel JacksonClaymontVisual Arts: Photography
Shelley KelleyNewarkFolk Art: Music
Leslie Hsu OhMiddletownLiterature: Creative Nonfiction
Chet’la SebreeMiddletownLiterature: Poetry
IVAWilmingtonMusic: Solo Recital

Emerging Artist Award ($3,000)

NameCommunityArtistic Discipline
Jenifer Adams-MitchellFrankfordLiterature: Fiction
Kevin J. CopeNewarkMusic: Solo Recital
Kaitlyn EvansLewesVisual Arts: Crafts
Matthew GlickClaymontVisual Arts: Works on Paper
Geraldo GonzalezWilmingtonFolk Arts: Visual Arts
Karen Hurley-HeymanNewarkLiterature: Poetry
Mary-Margaret PauerBridgevilleLiterature: Creative Nonfiction
D.H. RegnierNewarkMusic: Composition
Gregg SilvisNewarkVisual Arts: Sculpture
G.W. ThompsonLewesVisual Arts: Painting
Shannon WoodloeWilmingtonVisual Arts: Photography

Honorable Mention

NameCommunityArtistic Discipline
Howard EberleLewesVisual Arts: Works on Paper
Jane MillerWilmingtonLiterature: Poetry
Jim SaltNewarkLiterature: Fiction

To contact an individual artist, please email or call: Roxanne Stanulis, Program Officer, Artist Programs and Services, Roxanne.Stanulis@delaware.gov or 302-577-8283.

The next deadline for Individual Artist Fellowship applications will be Thursday, August 1, 2019 by 4:30 p.m.

About the Fellowship


The Division offers fellowships in the artistic disciplines of choreography, folk art, jazz, literature, media arts, music, and visual arts. Artists’ work samples are reviewed by nationally recognized out-of-state arts professionals, considering both demonstrated creativity and skill in the art form.

The awards—$3,000 for Emerging Artists, $6,000 for Established Professionals, and $10,000 for Masters—allow artists to pursue advanced training, purchase equipment and materials, or fulfill other needs that will help advance their careers.

The highest honor—the Masters Fellow—is reserved for those who meet rigorous criteria. Only one Masters Fellow can be awarded each year. Disciplines rotate every three years.

During the fellowship year, recipients are required to showcase their work in a public exhibit or performance in Delaware

For more details about the Individual Artist Fellowship program, please visit the Grants for Artist page.


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