All applications must be submitted online through this password-secured web site.

See the Requirements page for details regarding the online application process.

Download a copy of the 2018/19 Jerome guidelines here.

Download a copy of the 2018/19 Jerome Info Session here.

Application Deadline:

Friday, September 14, 2018, 12:00 p.m. (noon) CT

You will not be able to upload files after 12:00 p.m. CT on September 14, 2018. Please format and upload your files a week or more in advance to ensure your system is compatible and your application will be received.

Fellowships will be announced no later than November 26, 2018. Please do not call for results.


Three jurors, one who is familiar with the visual arts in Minnesota and two who are not, select the fellows. These panelists are artists, curators, art critics, and educators with an appreciate for and knowledge of a wide spectrum of contemporary art practices. Panelists, insofar as possible, represent a diversity of age, ethnicity, gender, and geography.

The panelists remain anonymous during the selection process. The names are revealed once the fellowship recipients are announced.

MCAD fellowship staff does not participate in any part of the selection process.


Review Criteria: Applicants are evaluated and selected according to these criteria: artistic excellence; evidence of serious commitment to their practice; and the impact the fellowship will have on the artist. The panel will also be asked to consider the breadth of artistic practice among Minnesota artists, which can include a wide range of aesthetics and traditions that might be influenced by ethnicity, gender, and/or geography.

First Round: The jurors review all submissions in the form of digital images viewed on their personal computer monitors. They are asked to score each applicant 1 to 5. Their decisions are tabulated and the top 25-30 applicants with the highest numerical score move on to the next semifinal round.

Second Round: The jurors are asked review for a second time the applications of the semifinalists and provide some written comments. Then a conference call is held where the panelists discuss these top 25-30 applicants. Those 10 applicants receiving the greatest interest will be contacted to schedule studio visits.

Email notification will be sent to all applicants on Friday, October 26. One email will be sent to applicants who did not make it to the second round. A separate email will be sent to applicants who were semifinalists, letting them know that applicants making it to the second and final rounds can contact the Program Office to set up a time to discuss the jurors’ comments. These phone conversations will happen after the announcement of the four Fellows (i.e., after Monday, November 26, 2018.)

Studio Visits for Finalists: In this final phase, the Program Office notifies the 10 artists identified for final review no later than Friday, October 26. Appointments are made for brief, 20 minute studio interviews with the jury. The dates selected for the studio visits this year are Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11. The Program Director will help any finalists whose studio is outside the Twin Cities locate a space to present their work to the jury.

Notification: Upon completion of the studio visits, the Program Director will call the four Fellows and email the other finalists of the results. The Program Office will notify all applicants about the juror’s final decision via email no later than Monday, November 26. Please do not call for results.