Call for Artists: RAM Artist Fellowships and Emerging Artist Award

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Racine Art Museum (RAM) is seeking artists in the Racine/Kenosha area to submit work to the RAM Artist Fellowships and Emerging Artist Award program. Sponsored by a grant from the Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation, these awards are intended to showcase the diversity and vitality of the Racine/Kenosha visual arts community by supporting the professional development of its artists. An Emerging Artist Award—added to the program in 2020—will be given to an artist who is in the early stages of their creative development, and demonstrates significant potential. All five recipients will also be featured in solo exhibitions presented concurrently at RAM’s Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, August 30 – December 2, 2023.

These competitive awards recognize artists, at all stages of their careers, who are creating outstanding work in all media including painting/drawing, printmaking, photography, bookmaking, sculpture, installation, film/video, fibers, glass, metals, wood, and ceramics. By increasing critical attention and exposure for recipients, the fellowships seek to foster their continued artistic and professional development. Four $3,000 Artist Fellowships and one $1,500 Emerging Artist Award will be presented, which may be used for any expenses that will assist in the development of new work and advance their artistic careers, e.g. equipment and supply purchases, studio rental, travel, etc. A full-color brochure will accompany the fellowship exhibitions.

Visual Artists at all stages of their careers who reside in the Racine/Kenosha urban corridor east of I-94 are eligible. Applicants must be over 21 years old and not currently enrolled in a degree program. Emerging Artist applications must be between 21 and 39 years of age on January 13, 2022 and cannot be enrolled in a degree-granting program. All art media are eligible.

Applications must be submitted online through the museum website,, by 4:00 pm on Monday, January 17, 2022. Applications must include an artist statement, artist resumé, and digital images of 10 works of art. For professional images, RAM’s Photo Studio is available at RAM’s Wustum Museum to take excellent photos of the work for $10 per hour.

Recipients of the RAM Artist Fellowships and Emerging Artist Award selected in any given cycle are chosen based on how well they will present together as a group, as well as individually. Jurors consider the merits of each artist’s work but also look at other variables. 2022 jurors Evelyn Patricia Terry, Frank Juarez, Lena Vigna, Robert Osborne, and Vera Scekic will select a group that represents a wide range of artistic accomplishments and types of careers.

Further information and a digital application form are available on the RAM website,

  • October 5, 2021 - January 17, 2022
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Call for Artists: RAM Artist Fellowships and Emerging Artist Award