Since 1999, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art has focused on the artists and field of contemporary Native American and First Nations art through the Eiteljorg Contemporary Art Fellowship. The Eiteljorg and the Fellowship have played a unique and critical role in increasing national and international awareness and appreciation for Native Contemporary Art.
Through generous support of the Lilly Endowment Inc., the museum awards five artists an unrestricted sum of $25,000 U.S. dollars. The works of these artists comprise of various mediums including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, mixed media and installation.
One of the five artists is invited to be part of the Fellowship based on their distinguished contribution to the field and their overall body of work. An independent jury selects all five artists with the Fellowship advisory committee (who nominate the Selectors) and the Eiteljorg weighs in on the invited artist.
Since the program’s inception, the Eiteljorg has awarded more than $2,500,000 in cash awards and purchases to Native contemporary artists; currently, the museum possesses over 500 iconic works in the permanent collection.
Art Fellowship is a partnership between the museum and the artists. For the 2021 Fellowship the museum will:
In cooperation with the Eiteljorg, the selected fellows agree to:
For specific questions regarding the application and selection process, please contact:
Jennifer Complo McNutt, Curator for Contemporary Art firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-275-1362.
Dorene Red Cloud, Assistant Curator of Native American Art email@example.com or 317-275-1352.