2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) by Ricardo August 18, 2016 0 Opportunities
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This unique residency offers creative collaboration in a dynamic environment. It brings together Smithsonian scholars and distinguished visual artists from a variety of disciplines throughout the United States and abroad to explore cross-disciplinary connections. It allows the Smithsonian a unique opportunity to see the collections and resources in different ways. It inspires new directions and creative expression for both artists and Smithsonian staff. It strengthens the arts community within the Smithsonian and broadens public interest in and understanding of contemporary art. SARF fellowships are explicitly for artist research and do not require recipients to create or exhibit artwork. Consequently, studio space is not provided.


You are eligible to apply for a SARF Fellowship if the following applies to you:

  • Secured a nomination and submitted a complete and valid nomination form to SIOFI@si.edu by the deadline listed on the form
  • Received an email from Office of Fellowships and Internships acknowledging receipt of nomination form
  • Received an email from the Office of Fellowships and Internships inviting you to apply
  • Outstanding visual artists Strong exhibition history beyond the home region
  • Demonstrated record of artistic accomplishment
  • Ability to create a strong research proposal that utilizes Smithsonian specific resources
  • Ability to independently secure a nomination and a Smithsonian advisor
  • S. citizens and foreign nationals with proficiency in written and spoken English
  • Ability to independently arrange accommodation and travel
  • Self-reliant and flexible

You are NOT eligible to apply for a SARF Fellowship if the following applies to you:

  • Undergraduate students and MFA candidates
  • Smithsonian employee or contractors if the Smithsonian Fellowship would coincide with their employment
  • Any person who has been employed or under contract with the Smithsonian in the previous year is ineligible for a Smithsonian Fellowship unless he/she is given approval from the Office of Fellowships and Internships.