Wabanaki artist fellowship offered

BAR HARBOR — The second annual fellowship program to help Wabanaki artists promote their work within the greater artistic communities has been announced by the Abbe Museum and Dawnland LLC.

Three fellowships will be awarded to provide support for travel, lodging and other costs associated with exhibiting at Indian art markets in Maine and New Mexico. The submission deadline is midnight April 15.

The fellowships are part of the museum’s “efforts to foster and promote contemporary Wabanaki art in both a regional and national context,” said Abbe Museum President and CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko.

Two fellowships will be awarded to artists attending the 2016 Southwestern Association for Indian Art’s Santa Fe Indian Market, and one will be awarded to an artist attending one or more of the four annual Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance shows: the Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market in Bar Harbor on July 9, the Maine Native American Summer Market & Demonstration in New Gloucester on Aug. 27, the Common Ground Country Fair in Unity from Sept. 23-25 and the Maine Indian Basketmakers Holiday Market in Orono on Dec. 10.

All applicants must provide proof of acceptance or eligibility to participate in the markets for the 2016 year. Each applicant also is expected to attend the Abbe’s annual meeting on June 3 to offer a demonstration and meet the donors (Travel accommodations will be provided.). In addition, they will provide a closing report by no later than Dec. 15. Ten percent of the grant award will be held until this report is filed.

Visit www.abbemuseum.org/shop for eligibility details, including an application. Fellowship applications received before the deadline of April 15 at midnight will be added to the pool of applicants. The application will be entered into a lottery system where eligible applications will be pulled randomly from the pool. Award notification will be made on or before May 1.

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