(Columbus, OH) – The Greater Columbus Arts Council in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art is currently accepting applications from visual artists for the 2016 Visual Arts Fellowship Program. Artists must be a Franklin County resident for a minimum of one year to apply for the Fellowships and remain a resident for the grant period if selected as a recipient. While students are not eligible, artists may submit student work that is within the required timeframe. The application deadline is June 30th .

GCAC will award four $5,000 fellowships in 2016.  The Visual Arts categories are 2- and 3-dimensional visual arts, photography and crafts.  These awards, based on the quality of work created within the last three years, assist artists in the creation of new work and the advancement of their careers. Through the recognition of individual creative work and artistic enterprise, the Columbus area remains a vital place where artists can live and work.

Applicants who make it to the final round of consideration for the Visual Arts Fellowships will be eligible to apply for the Dresden/Saxony Residency, a two to three month residency in Dresden, Germany. Recipients of the 2016 fellowships and Dresden Residency will be featured in an exhibition at the Columbus Museum of Art in late spring 2017.

Access to the online application and 2016 guide is available through GoArts, the Arts Council’s online application system (goarts.gcaconline.com). More information is available by visiting the Arts Council web site, www.gcac.org or contacting Alison Barret, Grants & Services Director at 614.221.8406 or abarret@gcac.org.

About the Greater Columbus Arts Council: Through vision and leadership, advocacy and collaboration, the Greater Columbus Arts Council supports art and advances the culture of the region. A catalyst for excellence and innovation, the Arts Council funds exemplary artists and arts organizations and provide programs, events and services of public value that educate and engage all audiences in our community. The Arts Council thanks the City of Columbus and the Ohio Arts Council for their continued support. The Arts Council has been recognized as one of the “5 NonProfits to Watch” in 2014 by The Columbus Foundation.

About the Columbus Museum of Art: Columbus Museum of Art creates great experiences with great art for everyone. The Greater Columbus Arts Council, Nationwide Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Henry D. and Carol B. Clark, Hermann Vorys, Fred Sands Family, Sayre Charitable, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation provide ongoing support. CMA, Schokko Art Café, and the Museum Store are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and until 9:00 PM every Thursday. Museum admission is $14 for adults; $8 for seniors and students 6 and older; and free for members, children 5 and younger. Admission is free for all on Sundays. CMA Free Sundays are presented by PNC Arts Alive and made possible through a grant from PNC Foundation. For additional information, call 614.221.6801 or visit www.columbusmuseum.org.