Bradley Family Foundation Fifteenth Cycle of Fellowship Program

Bradley Family Foundation Fifteenth Cycle of Fellowship Program

Award Amount: $70,000

Number of Awards: 5

Deadline: October 5, 2017, at 5 pm

Winner Announcement: Monday, November 20, 2017

Brief Description:

The Bradley Family Foundation, in collaboration with the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, is pleased to announce the fifteenth cycle of the prestigious fellowship program for visual artists. The program is open to practicing artists residing in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington counties.The program, funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund, provides unrestricted funds for artists to create new work or complete work in progress. The fellowships encourage visual artists who are making or will make, significant contributions to their fields to stay in Greater Milwaukee, to evolve as artistic practitioners, and to contribute to our community through the creation of art.

Host Institution:

The Bradley Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking organization based in Milwaukee. The Foundation was established in 1942, shortly after the death of Lynde Bradley. To further this vision, The Bradley Foundation pursues a mission to restore, strengthen, and protect the principles and institutions of American exceptionalism.


  • Only professionally active visual artists are eligible to apply.
  • Only originating artists are eligible to apply (no actors, musicians, dancers).
  • Mary L. Nohl Fellowships are available to artists currently residing in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee or Washington counties and for a minimum of one year prior to application.
  • Artists are eligible to submit only one Artist Fellowship application per year.
  • Artists who receive a Mary L. Nohl Fellowship in 2017 in the Emerging category will not be eligible to apply again until 2022. Artists receiving an Established Fellowship will not be eligible until 2024. If you are a prior recipient, that fact will be taken into consideration when your application is reviewed.
  • Artists are not eligible if they are full-time or part-time students pursuing a degree in the visual arts, film, or a related field at the time of application. Participation of full- or part-time students in a collaborative group will disqualify the group from consideration.
  • Fellowship recipients are expected to remain in the four-county area and to refrain from enrolling in a degree program in an art-related field during the fellowship year.

Instructions for Applying:

Supporting Documents:

  • Artist Statement: should not exceed 1500 characters including spaces (approximately 300 words).
  • Artist Biography (Résumé or List Form): Provide an Artist Biography detailing your professional accomplishments as an artist.
  • Work Samples
  • Letter of Commitment for Partnerships/Collaborative Groups

Submitting Details:

  • If you plan to submit a combination of electronic images and time-based media, contact Polly Morris (put “Nohl Fellowship” in the subject line) at or at (414) 446-8794 to determine how much work of each type you may submit.
  • You will need to fill in a portion of each Work Sample form. All time-based media samples must be submitted as Vimeo links. All electronic image samples must be uploaded to the online form.

Award Description:

  • The Fellowship program provides unrestricted funds for artists working in a broad range of visual arts fields (including installation, film, video, and new media) to create new work or complete work in progress.
  • A total of five fellowships will be awarded in 2017: two awards for Established Artists ($20,000 each) and three awards for Emerging Artists ($10,000 each).
  • Over the twelve-month fellowship year, artists receiving awards in either category will receive studio visits from curators and artists outside the area, an exhibition at the Haggerty Museum of Art opening in June 2018, and an opportunity to present a public program.

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Contact Information:

If you have additional questions, contact to Polly Morris at (414) 446-8794 or (email preferred).