The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund, established at the Foundation in 2003, provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle. In all three disciplines, the Fellowships will be awarded to emerging and mid-career Rhode Island artists whose work demonstrates exceptional creativity, rigorous dedication and consistent artistic practice, and significant artistic merit. Applications are open June 5 – August 7, 2015.

The 2015 Fellowships will be awarded to writers. The 2016 Fellowships will be awarded to visual artists, and the 2017 Fellowships will be awarded to composers.

The MacColl Johnson Fellowships seek to advance the careers of artists who, through seriousness of purpose and active engagement, are committed to their artistic practice.

The significant financial support provided by the Fellowships enables artists to concentrate time on the creative process, focus on personal and professional development, expand their body of work, and explore new directions.

Although Fellowships are unrestricted, Fellows are expected to devote concentrated time to their work during the term of the Fellowship and engage in activities that further their artistic growth. Examples include the creation of new work, training in technologies or techniques, purchase of equipment or materials, travel, or research and development of artistic endeavors. Fellows will be required to submit a final report documenting activities supported by the Fellowship.

QUESTIONS? Application and selection are managed by the Alliance of Artists Communities. Questions about eligibility, guidelines, applications, and other details should be directed to the Alliance at or 401-351-4320.

Learn more about the Rhode Island Foundation’s MacColl Johnson Fellowships and past Fellowship winners at