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

Established Professionals


Linda Blaskey
Literature: Poetry
“I liked being able to go right to the core of what I was trying to say, with few words.”


Anne Colwell
Literature: Fiction
“There’s usually a trigger in my life, but the trigger often doesn’t end up being part of the final story.”


Scott Davidson
Jazz: Performance
“A lot of things that I play are hard to classify,” he says. “But a really good melody is a good melody no matter what country it comes from.”


Anne Jenkins
Folk Art: Visual
“And I started painting with a palette knife, and it was like a light bulb went off.”


Ramona Long
Literature: Creative Nonfiction
“You have only these facts, only these events, and you have to make them engaging and real”


George Lorio
Visual Arts: Sculpture
“I find making objects and transforming objects incredibly satisfying”


Augustine Mercante
Music: Solo Recital
“You don’t often get to say as a singer that you sang an aria from a hot-air balloon”


Aina Nergaard-Nammack
Visual Arts: Painting
“You have to have plenty of discipline, in painting like in everything else. It doesn’t come from heaven, you know? You have to produce it yourself.”


Karin Snoots
Visual Arts: Painting
“This style is new to me,” she says. “I just recently embraced this newfound color and more freedom with the brush.”

Emerging Professionals


Alex Buckner
“I usually try everything myself before I ask them to try anything tricky”


Teresa Clifton
Literature: Fiction
“It just breathed back life into the writing,” Clifton says. “I couldn’t turn it off now if my life depended on it.”


Knicoma Frederick
Folk Art: Visual
“You’re taking a picture that represents what you want to have happen done by the storyline in each book.”


J. Gordon
Visual Arts: Painting
“I want to approach contemporary subjects using materials that make sense to me. But as an artist I feel it’s important to have, for me, that kind of connection with tradition and history.”


Andre Jones
Literature: Playwriting
“I will build characters whose complexities and subtleties are built into situations that are common for human beings. Because most situations aren’t very deep. People are deep.”


Michele McCann
Folk Art: Music
“I just love bringing this instrument to audiences that have never seen or never heard it.”


Marjorie Weber
Literature: Creative Nonfiction
“What is it that I want to say in the story? Because I always want to say something.”


Bill Wolff
Visual Arts: Photography
“There’s also the mystery that comes with older films. Digital is so precise that you already know what’s going to happen beforehand, and that’s no fun.”


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 our Grants for Artists page.


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