The prestigious Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts recognize artists in a variety of disciplines for their outstanding quality of work and provide monetary grants. Individual Artist Fellows are publicly acknowledged and benefit from the additional exposure to their work.

Established Professional



Linda Blaskey

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

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

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

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



Ramona Long

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


George Lorio

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


Gus Mercante

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

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

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 Artist



Alex Buckner

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


Teresa Clifton

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

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

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

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

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

Marjorie Weber

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

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."


Each year approximately 10 to15 artists are awarded Individual Artist Fellowships from a pool of nearly 100 applications. The work of applicants is judged by nationally recognized arts professionals from outside Delaware.

The highest honor—the Masters Fellow—is reserved for those who meet the rigorous criteria. Only one Masters Fellow can be awarded each year, and the discipline category alternates among Literature, Visual Arts, and Music. Masters Fellowship applicants must have been previous recipients of a fellowship at the Established level and, in addition to exhibiting the highest standards in their work, must also demonstrate involvement and commitment to the arts in Delaware.

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. During the course of the fellowship year, recipients showcase their work in an exhibit or performance, giving the public an opportunity to appreciate the talents of these exceptional artists.

For more details about the Individual Artist Fellowship program, download a copy of the most recent Artist Fellowship guidelines.

To view previous Artist Fellows, visit: 2012 Fellowship Recipients | 2011 Fellowship Recipients | 2010 Fellowship Recipients | 2009 Fellowship Recipients