Touchstone Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists (2018-2020)

By Editorial Team on March 6, 2018
Photo courtesy of Touchstone Foundation for the Arts.
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Deadline: Monday, March 19, 2018 11:59pm ET
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WHAT is it?
The Fellowship provides a 2 year artist membership in Touchstone Gallery in downtown DC. This guarantees a solo exhibition at the end of 2 year, participation in monthly gallery group shows, and a presence on the gallery website. The monetary value of the fellowship exceeds $4200.

WHO is Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA)?
Touchstone Foundation for the Arts (TFA) a non-profit organization, created in 2012, committed to community outreach and involvement. Its Fellowship program has been ongoing since 2014. The Fellowship is awarded based on artistic merit and the ability of the fellow to benefit by association with the Touchstone Gallery. Artists eligible to apply if they have not been exclusively represented by a commercial gallery in the previous 10 years. Founded in 1976, Touchstone Gallery is an artist-owned commercial gallery located in the heart of downtown DC at 901 New York Avenue NW and was named Best of D.C. by The Washington Post in 2016/ 2017.

Benefits:

  • Full Artist Membership for the duration of the fellowship. (2 years, value exceeds $4200)
  • A month long solo show exhibition at Touchstone Gallery at the conclusion of the fellowship (May 2020) and up to $1000 to cover show materials and expenses.
  • Participation in monthly member shows with at least one artwork. Artwork shown may not be repeatedly shown within a one year period.
  • Bin space for up to 5 additional unframed pieces.
  • Opportunity to participate in other exhibition opportunities arranged by the Gallery, i.e., exchange shows, off site shows, etc.
  • Representation on Gallery’s website, online store and social media pages as applicable.
  • After the duration of the Fellowship, fellows may continue Gallery membership in a category of their choice.

Responsibilities:

  • 40% commission on work sold by the gallery, 25% commission on work sold due to Gallery referral.
  • Participation in monthly member shows with at least one artwork. Artwork shown may not be repeatedly shown within a one year period.
  • Staff the Gallery one day a month.
  • Serve on one active Gallery committee. (PR, hanging, marketing, etc.)
  • Attendance of bi-monthly Gallery membership meetings.

WHO can apply?
We encourage all interested artists to apply. Artists are eligible to apply if they have not been exclusively represented by a commercial gallery in the previous 10 years, can commit to a 2 year fellowship term and can fulfill the responsibilities above.

Application Process:
Detailed instructions and application are available at www.tfawdc.org.

Selection Process:
Applications will be reviewed by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors in March-April, 2018. A small group of finalists will be asked to bring physical artwork for review in person and invited to interview with TFA Board in May 2018. The final review and decision will be done by Touchstone Gallery Member artists. One or more applicants will be awarded a Touchstone Foundation Fellowship for 2018-2020, to begin in June 2018.

For questions about the Fellowship, please email tfawdc@gmail.com or call Ksenia Grishkova, TFA Director, at 202-347-2787.