Nominations for Artist Research Fellowships due Sept. 15

Nominations are now open for Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowships.

This exciting program is entering its sixth year and offers visual artists the opportunity to spend between one and three months working with Smithsonian collections and scholars. The SARF program is unique among artist residency programs. Instead of a studio, it offers artists a dynamic research environment in which to investigate the objects, discoveries and historical events that inspire creative work. The program brings artists together with Smithsonian scholars from a variety of disciplines at museums and research centers in the United States and abroad to explore cross-disciplinary connections between history, art, culture and science.

SARF fellows are chosen by a panel of SI art experts with input from representatives from the SI history, culture and science research communities. Fellowship terms are one to three months and  must begin between June 1, 2012 and March 1, 2013.

To nominate an artist, please email Pamela Hudson-Veenbaas ( in the Office of Fellowships and Internships with a cc to Michelle Delaney ( in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture to request the guidelines and nomination form. Nominations should include at minimum, the name and email address of nominated artists and, if possible, background information on the artist (see the form for guidelines on information to submit).  Nominations must be received by Sept. 15, 2011.

Nominated applicants will then receive an application which must be filed by November 15, 2011, and will be notified of decisions by March 15, 2012. Applicants are strongly encourage to obtain a Smithsonian sponsor/advisor before filing an application who will be willing to advise them during their project.

For further information on the program, SARF 2012 guidelines and application form will be available on the Office of Fellowships and Internships’ PRISM site at beginning September 1.

Sculptor Elizabeth Turk, a 2011 recipient of an Artist Research Fellowship.

Sculptor Elizabeth Turk, a 2011 recipient of an Artist Research Fellowship.

Posted: 31 August 2011
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