Frequently Asked Questions
How many fellows do you select?
Is there a particular type of artist for which you are looking?
We are looking for compelling work by an artist with significant potential. That artist can be a painter, photographer, print artist, sculptor, media artist — or anything in between.
I graduated with my MFA in summer 2022 or before. Can I apply?
No. Only artists who graduate between August 2022 and July 1, 2023 are eligible to apply. This will need to be reflected on your transcript.
I graduated from a school in a country other than the USA. Can I apply?
No. Only graduates of American schools are eligible. (This is because there is not enough time to process a work visa application and obtain approval prior to the start of school.)
What’s an “unofficial” transcript?
That is the version of your transcript that you can access online. Save the most up-to-date version of your transcript as a PDF to upload. (We will require an official transcript from our fellowship winner.)
Do you need a transcript from my undergraduate school(s)?
I went to graduate school at more than one school. Should I send copies of my transcripts from each of those schools?
If your other graduate school was for art, then upload an unofficial copy of that transcript as well. If your other graduate school was for something else, then we do not require a copy of that transcript.
Why do you need a letter from my committee chair or department chair?
We need her/him to confirm that you will be graduating from your MFA program between August 2022 and July 1, 2023. This is not a letter of recommendation, rather, it is confirmation of your expected graduation date. The note can be an email or letter addressed to you and saved as a PDF.
I don’t have a committee chair and the department chair does not know me. What should I do?
Ask the faculty member with whom you work most closely to write the note instead.
I have a partner. Can she/he join me?
Yes. They are welcome.
I have a child/children. Can she/he/they join me?
No. There is not enough room in the apartment for children.
I have a pet. Can she/he join me?
No. Only service animals are permitted in the residence.
What classes will I teach at UT?
This is dependent on your skills and our needs. This is to be determined if you are offered the fellowship.
What workshops will I teach at the Wildflower Center?
This will be based on your skills. You will collaborate with the Wildflower Center to create a mutually agreeable workshop. This is to be determined if you are offered the fellowship.
How will my references be notified that you need their letters?
If you are selected for the second round, you will receive notice from us and be asked to submit a second Slideroom application (at no additional cost) in which you submit the names of your 2 references. Once submitted they will automatically be asked for their letters. We need to receive their letters within 10 days after you receive notification you’ve been selected for the second round. Please be sure that your letter writers understand and agree to this time frame.
I can’t start until September.
Don’t apply then. Our fellow must arrive in Austin between August 1st and 15th.
When will a decision be announced?
You will hear from us in May.
What is the Department of Art and Art History like?
We have a super interesting undergraduate student body, the top 7% from Texas high schools. Our grad program attracts talented artists from around the US and world. We have committed faculty with significant practices. It’s a vibrant and generous community.
What’s so great about Austin?
Austin is a city known for its obsession with the arts, its aural and edible delights. Oh, and did we mention Barton Springs?