Kresge announces 2021 Artist Fellows

A mix of 20 visual artists, poets, writers and more from all over Metro Detroit will receive $25,000 each as the latest winners of Kresge Artist Fellowships along with 10 Gilda Awards recipients who will receive $5,000 each.

The awards, announced Thursday by the Kresge Arts in Detroit office at the College for Creative Studies, which administers them for the Kresge Foundation, total more than $550,000. This year’s group of winners is one of the largest after Kresge added two more fellowships last year and added eight more Gilda recipients amid COVID-19.

“We know from the testimony of artists themselves how important the support and affirmation of these awards can be — life-changing in some cases,” said Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation, in a press release. “There’s no doubt the past year-plus of pandemic and unrest has been particularly challenging for the arts sector, and we hope that the elevation of these 30 artists — exciting as they are — speaks also to our admiration and support for our community of artists writ large.”

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