The fellowship has been designed to help support a talented furniture artist looking to fulfill an apprenticeship, develop his/her own skills, and/or make the transition to independence.
John D. Mineck Foundation
The Boston-based John D. Mineck Foundation has created a fellowship to encourage and support a young-in-career furniture artist with the financial assistance to help him/her succeed in his/her journey. The fellowship has been designed to help support a talented furniture artist looking to fulfill an apprenticeship, develop his/her own skills, and/or make the transition to independence.
The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship is a cash award of $25,000 awarded annually to one furniture artist or a furniture artist collaboration. The award is administered by The Society of Arts + Crafts.
Criteria & Guidelines
The fellowship will focus on furniture makers whose work is contemporary and functional. Preference will be given to artists who live and work in Northeast United States. Traditional and sculptural furniture makers, as well as candidates from other regions in the United States, may also be considered.
The following criteria will be considered in evaluating applications:
Quality of the artwork, strength of vision, and a portfolio that evidences growth beyond school or university work
Artwork and résumé demonstrating perseverance and commitment to artistic career
The strength and feasibility of the fellowship proposal
Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
Artist collaborations will be considered
Currently enrolled, full-time students are not eligible
Uses of Fellowship Funds
Eligible uses include:
Opportunities for advanced study or apprenticeship with a significant mentor
Attending professional development classes or workshops
Equipment or supplies related to artwork
Upgrade or rental of studio space
Marketing and website development
Travel related to artwork (conferences, expos, exhibitions, shows, etc)
The portion of federal income taxes directly related to the fellowship income
Purchase of real estate, rent (non studio), mortgage payments
Tuition or classes related to a degree
Paying off education loans or past debt
Fellowship Recipient will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the following terms:
Fellow is required to provide a mid-term and final report to the Society during the award period, which describes progress made on the plan, any changes to the plan and the impact on artistic development. The reports may take the form of a conversation, email or a letter.
Fellow must file a financial report to the Society at the end of the award period that outlines how funds were used.
Fellow attends the John D. Mineck award presentation on Thursday, October 1 in Massachusetts to briefly present on the impact the fellowship has made on their career. Because of the pandemic, in 2020 the award event will be held online and in-person travel is, therefore, unnecessary.
Fellow is requested to acknowledge funding by the John D. Mineck Foundation in any promotional materials, shows, events, or publications that result from award activities and notify the Society of publicity that results from the award.
Fellow is required to make themselves available, on occasion, to the press to promote the award. This may include studio visits, photo shoots, interviews and events. Such promotional opportunities will be arranged directly through the Society of Arts + Crafts.
Grants are subject to state and federal income tax. The portion of federal income tax related to the income resulting from receiving the Artist Fellowship is an allowable expense in the application budget. Please contact the IRS or your tax preparer for further information.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
August 31, 2020.
The 2020 John D. Mineck Fellow will be announced in early September.
Please complete the following form, upload your files, and then click ‘submit’ to turn in your application.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line MINECK.
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About the Fellowship:
The Boston-based John D. Mineck Foundation was created in 2007 to award charitable and educational gifts which reflect John’s varied interests and values. John’s skills as a fine furniture maker were a result of his passion, dedication and the guidance of a well-known furniture artist. Without that guidance, John would not have been able to realize his furniture-making capabilities. In an effort to support the artform and the people who make it, the Foundation has created an annual fellowship in John’s name to encourage and support young-in-career furniture artists with financial assistance. The fellowship is awarded annually and is administered by The Society of Arts + Crafts.
The 2020 Fellow will join a prestigious cohort. Past recipients include Will Tracey (2009), Libby Schrum (2010), Bart Niswonger (2011), Nick Hollibaugh (2012), Vivian Beer (2013) Kimberly Winkle (2014), Sarah Marriage (2015), Annie Evelyn (2016), Jack Mauch (2017), Tom Shields (2018), and Beatriz Mayorca (2019).
About the SA+C:
Incorporated in 1897, The Society of Arts + Crafts has been at the forefront of the American craft movement, fostering the development, sales, recognition, and education of crafts for over one hundred years. Our highly committed founders developed standards of excellence in design and technical mastery for crafts that inspired the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
The mission of the Society of Arts + Crafts is to support and celebrate craft makers and their creativity. On the eve of its 125th anniversary, the organization is embarking on a bold new strategic plan to apply the organization’s efforts towards promoting the relevance of craft in the 21st-century.