Lynden Sculpture Garden
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Eighteenth Cycle of Fellowship Program for Visual Artists Announced

Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists Program to Provide Critical Support to Five Artists in 2020

By - Sep 7th, 2020 10:03 am

The Lynden, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, announces the eighteenth cycle of the prestigious fellowship program for visual artists. The program, funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund, provides unrestricted funds for artists to create new work or complete work in progress. Five fellowships will be awarded in 2020: two for established artists ($20,000 each) and three for emerging artists ($10,000 each). The program is open to practicing artists residing in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties. One hundred and six fellowships have been awarded since the program began in 2003.

The fellowships encourage visual artists who are making, or will make, significant contributions to their fields to stay in Greater Milwaukee; to evolve as artistic practitioners; and to contribute to our community through the creation of art.

Applications and guidelines for the eighteenth cycle of the fellowship program will be available beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020. The application will be available on the web at beginning at 11 am on September 8. Completed applications are due no later than Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 5 pm. If you are unable to access the electronic application, you may receive application materials and complete eligibility requirements by contacting Polly Morris at (414) 446-8794 or by e-mail at Awards will be announced on Monday, December 7, 2020.

A virtual workshop will be offered to help applicants better understand the application process and changes to the jurying process precipitated by the current public health crisis. Polly Morris, executive director of the Lynden Sculpture Garden, who administers the fellowship program, will be joined by current Nohl Fellows Cecelia Condit, LaNia Sproles, and Natasha Woods for this informal, online session. The workshop is free and open to new applicants as well as those who have applied in the past.

• Thursday, September 10, 2020, 6-7:30 pm. If you are unable to attend this workshop on Zoom, it will be recorded and posted here:

Morris will also offer a virtual Q&A session on Zoom.
• Wednesday, September 30, 12 noon-1 pm.

The workshop and information session are free, but you must register in advance. Register for the workshop and Q&A session here:

Artist Mary L. Nohl of Fox Point, Wisconsin, died in December 2001 at the age of 87. She left a $9.6 million bequest to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Her fund supports local visual arts and education programs, keeping her passion for the visual arts alive in the community.

In addition to receiving an award, the Nohl Fellows will participate in an exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art that opens in June 2021 (public health conditions permitting). An exhibition catalogue will be published and disseminated nationally.

The five fellows selected in the 2019 cycle of the competition—Cecelia Condit and Ammar Nsoroma in the Established Artist category; and Emerging Artists Vaughan Larsen, LaNia Sproles, and Vaughan Larsen—open a virtual exhibition on the Haggerty Museum of Art’s Google Arts & Culture site on September 25, 2020. More details here:

The Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship program also includes a Suitcase Export Fund for exporting work by local artists beyond the four-county area. The fund is currently open, and the electronic application and guidelines are available at

For more than a century, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation has helped individuals, families and organizations realize their philanthropic goals and make a difference in the community, during their lifetimes and for future generations. The Foundation consists of more than 1,400 individual charitable funds, each created by donors to serve the charitable causes of their choice. The Foundation also deploys both human and financial resources to address the most critical needs of the community and ensure the vitality of the region. Established in 1915, the Foundation was one of the first community foundations in the world and is now among the largest.

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