Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Call: Emerging Artist Fellowship

By Editorial Team on March 4, 2019

Deadline: Mon, 01 April 2019

Courtesy of Touchstone Foundation for the Arts.
Deadline: April 1, 2019 at 11:59pm ET

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.

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. 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, and 2018.


  • Full Artist Membership for the duration of the fellowship. (2 years total, renewed annually after performance review, value exceeds $4200)
  • A month long solo show exhibition at Touchstone Gallery at the conclusion of the fellowship (May 2021) and up to $1000 to cover show materials and expenses.
  • Participation in monthly member shows with at least one artwork. Artwork 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 choose to continue Gallery membership in a category of their choice.


  • 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 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.


They 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: 

Selection Process:
Applications will be reviewed by the Touchstone Foundation for the Arts Board of Directors in April-May, 2019.  A small group of semi-finalists will be asked to bring physical artwork for in-person review, and finalists will be invited to interview with TFA Board in May 2019. Touchstone Gallery Member Artists will complete a final review and select from the finalists. One or more applicants will be awarded a Touchstone Foundation Fellowship for 2019-2021, to begin in June 2019.

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