Call for Artists: 20/20 Emerging Artists Fellowship 2020

February 5, 2020 - March 9, 2020

  • Fellowship Application opens: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Public Information session: Tuesday February 18, 2020, 6-8pm
  • Fellowship Application closes: Monday March 9 2020, 11:59pm EST

20 Emerging Detroit-based artists will each receive a $2,000 Fellowship Award from PLAYGROUND DETROIT to develop their individual practices, to identify, elevate and promote Detroit-based artistic excellence from 2020-2021.

In 2020, ten Detroit artists will be selected to receive $2000 each and receive professional mentorship for artists to develop their individual practices along with professional development services to support them at a critical point in their career.

Artists will present a new body of excellent artwork, gain industry experience, skills, knowledge and mentorship, and participate in community programming. The Fellowship is accepting proposal submissions by Visual Artists for any of the following categories: gallery exhibition, off-site exhibition, performance installation, or site-specific installation.

The 20/20 Emerging Artists Awards recognize artists who are early in their careers with ambitious goals and who demonstrate artistic potential through creative risk-taking along with a clear vision of what they seek to produce and present.

Artists will be chosen based on their artistic excellence and dedication through an open call process and selected by a small professional arts jury. The goal of the fellowship is to identify, celebrate and elevate emerging Detroit artistic excellence by providing much needed resources.

This program is supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as a Knight Arts Challenge Detroit 2019 winning project.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.


About Playground Detroit

Playground Detroit is an art gallery and creative agency based in Detroit, MI established in 2012. As a social enterprise, the mission is to support and develop opportunities for creative professionals, artists and residents in order to enhance and sustain Detroit’s creative economy.