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



Carson Zullinger
Visual Arts: Photography
“The subconscious is not rational. Yet there is a common theme of transcendence and spirituality that threads throughout the vision that I interpret.”


Established Professionals


Viet Dinh
Literature: Creative Nonfiction
“Structure is like a frame for a picture, and depending how you put the frame or the matte, it can change what the perspective of the picture is.”


Nancy Josephson
Visual Arts: Craft
“Why would you waste your precious time doing something only because somebody else would like it?”


Gabriel Jules
Visual Arts: Works on Paper
“I realize that many artists make stylistic shifts during their lifetimes,but they generally do so one incarnation at a time. I, on the other hand, am captivated by different things on a daily basis.”


Mary-Margaret Pauer
Literature: Fiction
“It struck me that the pressure of the war was felt everywhere, but nobody and I mean nobody writes about the non-military women.”


B. Proud
Visual Arts: Photography
“It was an incredible day [the day she photographed Edie Windsor]. I worked really hard to get it to happen. I was turned down by a perimeter of people around her for a long time until I got directly to her and was able to convince her.”


T.S. Kist
Visual Arts: Painting
“Painting will always be at the core of my artwork. I don’t ever see myself completely disconnecting from painting, but at this point I’m really interested in exploring new material primarily, getting off of the 2-D surface.”


Butch Zito
Folk Art: Music
“If my songs ever do anything for me, I’m on board. If they don’t, I’m having fun getting there. I really have no complaints.”

Emerging Professionals


Zachary Adams
Visual Arts: Sculpture
“In my eyes, everything is not always as it first appears. A bird collecting worms becomes more than just that; it evokes form, mass, line, rhythm, a dinosaur, a hood ornament.”


Thomas Del Porte
Visual Arts: Painting
“My paintings are made with thousands of little jeweled, thorn-like curls, each stroke acting as an individual painting.”


Maribeth Fischer
Literature: Creative Nonfiction
“The collection will examine grief and its role for the writer, the awful and complicated process of using suffering in the creation of art.”


Dennis Lawson
Literature: Fiction
“I was trying to write it so that I had this audience of one, and I wanted her to like this story. It really helped me start to develop the idea of writing stuff that engages the reader.”


Guy Miller, Jr.
Visual Arts: Work on Paper
“This collection has truly served as an explanatory process, as I delved into uncharted areas and left my comfort zone in terms of subject matter.”


Jane Miller
Literature: Poetry
“Wanting to be fierce is a risk. You’re going to offend somebody if you do that. And that’s what you have to be willing to take if you’re going to deal with subjects that have real emotive power.”


Matthew Smith
Music: Solo Recital
“I have only played classical. I think it’s now that I’m out of school, I’m starting to get interested in other areas, particularly jazz.”


Leon Syfrit
Visual Arts: Photography
“Painting and photography are very similar. I come from a background of painting. I think my interest in painting is something I try to evoke in my imagery.”


Michele Xiques
Dance: Choreography
“I love being able to share my knowledge and experiences with kids. If it wasn’t for my teacher, I wouldn’t be here. And I wanted to pass that same thing on to somebody else.”


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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