Emerging Artist Fellowship

For the fourth year, the Atlanta Center for Photography (ACP) is proud to support an Atlanta-area emerging lens-based artist with the ACP Emerging Artist Fellowship. A jury will select one artist to complete and present an individual project of new work over an approximately four-month period. The Fellow will receive support for their proposed exhibition including mentorship from Sheila Pree Bright, professional development opportunities, an artist fee and production support, and a 3-month solo exhibition at the ACP Project Lab.

Fellow receives:

  • 3-month solo exhibition at ACP Project Lab with an opening reception on May 30, 2024
  • Professional development opportunities
  • 1:1 mentorship from Sheila Pree Bright 
  • Participation in the 2024 ACP Portfolio Reviews
  • Exhibition layout and installation guidance/assistance from mentor and ACP staff
  • An artist talk and opportunity to suggest or coordinate additional programming
  • $750 artist fee and additional production support

Important Dates

  • Application opens: December 18, 2023
  • Application deadline: January 15, 2024 at midnight EST
  • Jury meets: January 24, 2024
  • Artists Notified on or before: January 31, 2024
  • Exhibition Opening: Thursday, May 30
  • Exhibition Closing: August 24

Fellowship Jury:

  • Lindsey O’Connor, ACP Executive Director
  • Makeda Lewis, Program Coordinator, ACP
  • José Ibarra Rizo, Gallery and Media Manager, ACP 
  • Nichole Harris, Executive Director, Mint Gallery
  • Sarah Higgins, Executive and Artistic Director, Art Papers

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be an emerging lens-based artist (photography, video art, mixed media)
  • Applicants must live or work in the Atlanta metro area
  • Applicants must be 18 years of age or older 
  • Proposed projects cannot be for fulfillment of academic-based requirements, such as a graduate thesis
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of application 

Preference will be given to artists who have not reached established career milestones, such as gallery representation, a monograph publication, or museum exhibitions.

Submission Requirements:

  • $15 Application Fee
  • Application Form (add pictures and scale drawing)
  • Biographical statement including photography experience (250-word max)
  • Brief proposal of your exhibition (350-word max)
    • A successful proposal will take into account the unique scale and architecture of the Project Lab (reference images and layout here)
    • Consider and describe any unique installation elements your project includes, if any
  • Portfolio of 10 work samples
    • JPG, 2000px on the longest side, sRBG color space
    • Use the naming convention:

(Ex: Ibarra_José_Scholarship_01)*

*This step is critical to keep entries organized. Applications with photographs that do not follow the naming convention will not be considered.

  • Public programming ideas (optional)

Past Fellows

2023 Fellow: Chelsea Mukenya
2022 Fellow: Jeremiah Thomas
2021 Fellow: Jose Ibarra Rizo