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

This year, work samples from 124 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. Seventeen artists were selected for Fellowships and four Honorable Mentions.

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2018 Individual Artist Fellows

Masters Award ($10,000)

NameCommunityArtistic Discipline
 Lloyd ShorterWilmingtonMusic: Solo Recital

Established Professional Award ($6,000)

NameCommunityArtistic Discipline
Dennis BeachWilmingtonVisual Arts: Sculpture
Jack ClemonsLewesLiterature: Fiction
Thomas Del PorteWilmingtonVisual Arts: Painting
Ellen DurkanWilmingtonVisual Arts: Sculpture
Maribeth FischerLewesLiterature: Creative Nonfiction
David P. KozinskiWilmingtonLiterature: Poetry
Lawrence StombergWilmingtonMusic: Solo Recital
Joan Warburton-PhibbsWilmingtonDance: Choreography

Emerging Artist Award ($3,000)

NameCommunityArtistic Discipline
Leah BeachRehoboth BeachVisual Arts: Photography
Kevin Bielicki NewarkVisual Arts: Sculpture
Joyce ChenWilmingtonMusic: Solo Recital
Jen EplerWilmingtonLiterature: Fiction
Gemelle JohnWilmingtonLiterature: Poetry
Lauren E. PetersWilmingtonVisual Arts: Painting
Robert Waters LewesMedia Arts: Video/Film
Shannon Connor Winward NewarkLiterature: Fiction

Honorable Mention

NameCommunityArtistic Discipline
Teresa CliftonMilfordLiterature: Fiction
Charles GuerinDoverVisual Arts: Works on Paper
Isai Jess MuñozHockessinMusic: Solo Recital
Terence RobertsWilmingtonVisual Arts: Photography

Previous Artist Fellows by Year:

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

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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