SAR Native Artist Fellowships


School for Advanced Research on the Human Experience (Santa Fe, NM)

Image: 2017 King Fellow Warren Montoya

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) currently offers three artist-in-residence fellowships annually to advance the work of mature and emerging Native artists. Each fellowship includes a $3,000 monthly stipend, housing, studio space, supplies allowance, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR. These fellowships provide time for artists to explore new avenues of creativity, to grapple with new ideas to further advance their work, and to strengthen existing talents. The fellowships support diverse creative disciplines and can include sculpture, performance, basketry, painting, printmaking, digital art, mixed media, photography, pottery, writing, and film and video. However, each fellowship has specific applicant criteria, as indicated below.

  • Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellowship (June 15–August 15) The Dubin Fellowship is dedicated to supporting traditional Native artistry
  • Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellowship (September 1–December 1) The King Fellowship is dedicated to preserving the Southwest’s extensive artistic heritage. Applicants to this fellowship must be from a Native community in the Southwestern United States (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah) and work in the visual arts.
  • Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellowship (March 1–May 31) The Dobkin Fellowship encourages the creativity and growth of indigenous women artists working in any media.

Artist fellows must live on the SAR campus, complete a project resulting in the creation of one or more works, and make a public presentation at the end of their fellowship. While in residence, artists can access the IARC collection of Native arts for research and study. Additionally, SAR would like to see the fellow’s work represented in the object, archives, or photo collection; therefore, IARC requests the donation of a single piece created while working at SAR. If selected for the fellowship, artists must agree to participate in interviews, photo sessions, video recordings, and exit interviews to document the fellow’s process and progress. This information will be entered into the IARC archives to serve as a permanent public record. 

Submit the following materials postmarked by the January 15 application deadline:

  • Completed application form
  • Current résumé (include education, relevant training, awards/honors, exhibitions, performances)
  • Artist statement, no more than two pages in length
  • Examples of your current work (will not be returned) as described below:

Visual Art: Submit no more than 8 print or digital images (in jpeg or tiff format) of recent work. Each image should indicate your name and a number corresponding to numbers on an accompanying sheet listing all images submitted, along with the title of the piece, medium, size, and year of completion. Do not send portfolios or original work.

Writing: Writing samples should be photocopies of published work or clean, double-spaced, numbered manuscript pages in a common font so it is easy to read. Samples should not exceed 20 pages. Your name and the date of completion should appear on the sample. Do not send books or bound manuscripts. Documentation of a stage or film production on DVD may also be included if applicable.

Film/Video: Submit a DVD. Film/video scriptwriters should also send a script. Label each sample with your name, title, duration, and date of work.

Dance/Performance Art: Submit a DVD. Label sample with your name, title, duration, and date of work.

Composers: Submit a CD or DVD, containing up to three works (labeled with title, your name, date completed, duration of composition), and, if available, the corresponding scores for the work. Total audio sample should not exceed 30 minutes and may be composed of entire pieces or excerpts.

Other Artists: If your project does not fall clearly within one of the above disciplines, please contact the IARC to discuss an appropriate work sample.

Please submit a complete application postmarked no later than January 15. There are absolutely no exceptions to the date. Application materials cannot be returned. Incomplete applications and any supplementary materials will not be reviewed. Notifications will be sent approximately four months after the application deadline.

Please review the artist fellowship FAQ:

If you have additional questions, you may call (505) 954-7205, e-mail [email protected], or visit 

Opportunity Opens

Monday, Nov 5th 2018

Opportunity Closes

Tuesday, Jan 15th 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location
MN Artists