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Fifteenth Cycle of Fellowship Program for Visual Artists Announced

Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowships for Individual Artists Program to Recognize Five Artists in 2017

By - Sep 1st, 2017 11:45 am

The Bradley Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, announces the fifteenth 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 2017: 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. Ninety-one 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 fifteenth cycle of the fellowship program will be available beginning Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The electronic application will be available on the web at beginning at 11 am. Completed applications are due no later than Thursday, October 5, 2016 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, November 20, 2017.

Three public workshops will be offered to help applicants better understand the application process. Polly Morris, executive director of the Lynden Sculpture Garden, who administers the fellowship program, will be joined by current and past Nohl Fellows at these informal sessions. The workshops are free and open to new applicants as well as those who have applied in the past.

• Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 6-7:30 pm at Walker’s Point Center for the Arts, 839 S. 5th St. This session is co-sponsored by WPCA.

• Sunday, September 10, 2017, 10:30 am-12 noon at Jazz Gallery, a Riverwest Community Art Center, 926 E. Center St. This session is co-sponsored by Riverwest Artist Association.

• Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 6-7:30 pm at Ayzha Fine Arts Gallery, The Shops at the Grand Avenue Mall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., 2nd floor (enter at 3rd Street & Wisconsin Avenue). This session is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Visual Artists.

The 2017 Nohl Fellows will be selected by a panel of recognized visual arts professionals working outside the four-county area: Michelle Jacques, Chief Curator, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Canada; Allison Peters Quinn, Director of Exhibitions & Residency Programs, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago; and Gabriel Ritter, Curator and Head of Contemporary Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

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 2018. An exhibition catalogue will be published and disseminated nationally.

The work of the five fellows selected in the 2016 cycle of the competition—Jesse McLean and Joseph Mougel in the Established Artist category; and Emerging Artists Rose Curley, Robin Jebavy, and Brooke Thiele—remains on view at the Haggerty Museum of Art through September 17. They are completing their fellowship year with a series of free talks, performances, and screenings this fall. 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 fourteenth cycle of the Suitcase Export Fund will open on Thursday, December 1, 2017, when the electronic application and guidelines will become 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 1,300 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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