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Independent Scholars Fellowship

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Posted by: Carr Center
Deadline: Sat, October 6th, 2018

Do you want to learn from an iconic master teacher? Would you appreciate a critique from an award-winning artist turned mentor?


Now is your opportunity! The Carr Center has just the program to help you develop and evolve as an artist.


The Independent Scholars Fellowship featuring Carrie Mae Weems is a 12-month fellowship designed to provide opportunities for early career artists and art historians to access, and work alongside nationally and internationally renowned and recognized artists of color.


The goal of the Carr Center Independent Scholars Fellowship is to foster an unprecedented opportunity for young, talented artists and thinkers to interact with seasoned professionals at the height of their careers and to create an accessible platform that can help these individuals grow.


This 2018-2019 season, Carr Center resident artist in visual art, Carrie Mae Weems will create a vital, dynamic, and one-of-a-kind experience for a select group of ten students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds.


About Carrie Mae Weems

A graduate of California institute of the Arts, Valencia (BA) and University of California, San Diego (MFA), Carrie Mae Weems is an American visual artist recognized for her groundbreaking and impactful work in photography, video installation, the written word, and audio.  Weems’ thought provoking work views and presents the black experience as a complex symptom of the American landscape, tackling issues such as gender, class, politics, and sexuality through the lens of race.  Weems lives in Syracuse, New York where she produces works that provide social commentary on the experiences of people of color in America.


About the Program

The Carr Center Independent Scholars Fellowship is a 12-month program for ten individuals who demonstrate exceptional ability in the arts, art history, or cultural studies. Over the course of one year, fellows will meet 3-4 times in Detroit for mentorship, instruction, and intensive skill building workshops with the resident artist. The cohort along with the resident artist will develop a unique multidisciplinary project that involves original research and new lines of inquiry.


At the end of the term fellows will participate in a capstone exhibition and symposium where they will showcase their creative output from the year alongside the resident artist, as well as present their research to peers and community members. The cohort will also be given the opportunity to participate in the creation of a publication that documents their experience, their research, and the exhibition.


About the Carr Center

Founded in 1991, the mission of the Arts League of Michigan (ALM dba The Carr Center) is to preserve, present, promote, and develop the African and African-American cultural arts traditions within our multicultural community. In 2009, building on a solid legacy of service, the Arts League founded the Carr Center, and it is through the Center’s programs that it realizes this mission. The Carr Center leverages the essence of the African American cultural experience to inspire, entertain, challenge, and educate.


The Carr Center fills an important niche in Detroit’s arts and culture ecosystem. Additionally, with its multi-disciplinary focus on African and African American traditions in a multi-cultural context, it is unique in the national arts landscape.


If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity use the URL below to be directed to the online application and a listing of the additional requirements. Inquiries may be directed to


EXTENDED Application Deadline: October 6, 2018 11:59 PM

Posted on Fri, September 14th, 2018
Expires on Sat, October 6th, 2018

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