RAM Artist Fellowships and Emerging Artist Award

Sponsored by a Grant from the Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation


Artist Selection
Four fellowship winners will be selected based on the quality of artwork submitted and will represent a range of styles. New in 2020, an Emerging Artist Award will be given to an artist who is between the ages of 21 and 39 on January 13, 2020; is in the early stages of their creative development; and demonstrates significant potential.

The Mission
To showcase the diversity and vitality of the Racine/Kenosha visual arts community by supporting the professional development of its artists.

The Goal
To distinguish the region as a place that values the arts, and enhance the area’s desirability as a place for artists to work and live.

Visual artists at all stages of their careers who reside in the Racine/Kenosha urban corridor east of I-94 are eligible. Applicants must be over 21 years of age and not currently enrolled in a degree program. Emerging Artist applicants must be between 21 and 39 years of age on January 13, 2020 and cannot be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. All art media are eligible.

RAM full-time employees are not eligible to apply. In addition, RAM Artist Fellowship and Emerging Artist winners are not eligible to apply immediately following the term for which they won (i.e. if you are an award winner in 2018 you cannot apply again until the 2022 Fellowship.)

Application Requirements
Include artist statement (no more than 300 words)

Include artist resume (no more than 600 words)

Upload digital images of 10 works of art (saved as .jpegs at 300 dpi and no larger than 1 MB each)

  • Each image MUST be labeled according to the instructions on the application
  • Jurors view digital images when selecting winners
  • All application materials must be received no later than deadline date
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified
  • All submission materials become the property of Racine Art Museum

Need Good Quality Photographs of Your Work? 
To make professional images easily, RAM's Photo Studio is available year-round for your use.

The next application deadline mid-January 2022.

Fellowships and Emerging Artist Award
These competitive awards recognize artists, at all stages of their careers, who are creating outstanding work in all media including painting/drawing, printmaking, photography, bookmaking, sculpture, installation, film/video, fibers, glass, metals, wood, and ceramics. 

By increasing critical attention and exposure for recipients, the fellowships seek to foster their continued artistic and professional development.

Four $3,000 Artist Fellowships and one $1,500 Emerging Artist Award will be presented, which may be used for any expenses that will assist in the development of new work and advance their artistic careers, e.g. equipment and supply purchases, studio rental, travel, etc.

All five recipients will be featured in solo exhibitions presented concurrently at RAM's Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. A colored exhibition catalogue will accompany the RAM Artist Fellowship and Emerging Artist Exhibition, August 27 - November 27, 2021.


If you have questions or need clarification please contact Liz Siercks at 262.619.3541 or lsiercks@ramart.org.