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Da Vinci Fellowship Program

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Event History

Inspired by the vision of DVAA’s founders to build community through art, The DVAA Fellowship Program was created in 2018 to better serve the DVAA Membership and the arts communities of Philadelphia. We annually support underrepresented voices, innovative ideas, and under served artists through three distinct Fellowship tracks.

What Makes this event different?

The Da Vinci Fellowship Program is designed to support historically underrepresented and under served artists during their careers. Underrepresented and under served is in reference to groups or communities who have been disproportionately denied access and/or have experienced insufficient and inadequate representation in the visual arts due to institutional discrimination.

The annual DVAA Fellowship Program supports underrepresented voices, innovative ideas, and under served artists through three separate Fellowship tracks. Fellows who are accepted into the program are encouraged to develop and pursue experimental concepts and themes within their exhibition with the support of DVAA staff and resources. Proposed projects can explore a central theme, work from a common medium, highlight a specific community, or involve a specified number of collaborators. Throughout the program, Fellows meet and engage with the DVAA membership, the other Fellows, and the greater community; furthering DVAA’s mission to build a meaningful community through art.


  • A 3-week long exhibition in DVAA’s Gallery 1

  • $500 stipend

  • Logistical and conceptual assistance from DVAA’s Fellowship Director and DVAA’s Co-Directors

  • Marketing support from DVAA’s Marketing Coordinator

  • DVAA Membership for 3 years, beginning at the start of Fellowship (value: $885)

  • Integration into DVAA’s Membership network

  • Profile on DVAA website

In order to be considered for the Fellowship program you must:

  • Be a local artist/curator (Live within 25 miles of DVAA).

  • Must be 18 years of age or older

  • Be planning to continue living in Philly for the full length of fellowship (1 year).

  • Not be enrolled in any other fellowship or degree-granting program.

  • Be able to articulate need (financial hardship, lack of experience, or other institutional barriers)

  • You do not need to be a DVAA Member to apply for any fellowship tracks, but Membership engagement is highly encouraged.

Applicants may only submit to either one Fellowship track or the Residency in one calendar year. Applicants who submit to more than one track are disqualified from the review process.


  • Only digital applications will be accepted.

  • Application requirements and submission is listed on our website.

  • Deadline to apply: December 1st, 11:59PM

  • Applicant notification: January 2022


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