The NACF National Artist Fellowship includes an unrestricted monetary award that provides additional support for individual, practicing accomplished Native artists to explore, develop and experiment with original and existing projects. The foundation creates a national open call to American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists to submit an application. Awarded National Artist Fellows also work with their communities and share their culture in numerous ways. Eligible applicants will be Native artists who both reside in the U.S. and are enrolled citizens of a U.S. federally or state recognized American Indian Nation, Alaska Native Corporation or with other documentation of Native Hawaiian ancestry.


The NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship is a regional artist award focused in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Upper Midwest areas of the United States. The fellowship is open to established American Indian or Alaska Native artists of ten years or more who want to mentor an emerging American Indian or Alaska Native artist apprentice for a period of one year in the Traditional or Contemporary Visual Arts fields. 

The Mentor Artist Fellowship is a monetary award of $30,000 — $20,000 to the mentor, $5,000 for the joint art project and $5,000 for the apprentice’s participation expenses i.e. gas, supplies. Mentors write lesson plans intended to increase the apprentice’s skill level and provide an experience of intergenerational exchange of cultural knowledge within the apprentice’s traditional arts or contemporary visual arts practice. To assist in developing lesson plans, each mentor and apprentice are required to attend a training session prior to commencing with the mentorship. To demonstrate the experience and success of the mentoring, a completed joint mentor/apprentice art project is expected at the Fellowship’s end. 

Eligible applicants for the Mentor Artist Fellowship must be at least a five-year resident of and enrolled in an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation located in Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Southern California (Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties), Washington or Wisconsin. An interested American Indian or Alaska Native artist apprentice may not apply; however, he/she may ask an accomplished American Indian or Alaska Native mentor artist to apply or assist that mentor artist in applying.


A panel of art peers and professionals review the applications for recommendation to the foundation’s board.

Learn more about:

NACF National Artist Fellows, visit: http://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/programs/fellowship-program 

NACF Mentor Artist Fellows, visit: http://www.nativeartsandcultures.org/mentor-fellowships 

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