The Black On Black Project

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Jo Ann Williams Artist Fellowship application details

Fellowship Overview:

Established in 2017, the Jo Ann Williams fellowship will be awarded to applicants who share a desire to serve community members whose voices have been historically suppressed.  It recognizes emerging artists who have previously produced or are currently working on artwork surrounding social justice issues.

Applicants must submit ideas of how art can help inform, empower and engage the community. Two fellowships will be awarded each year.

Artists awarded with the fellowship will receive studio space at Anchorlight in Raleigh, NC, for five months, a solo exhibition for one month (including an opening reception) at Anchorlight, plus a $500 stipend. The exhibition will be produced by the Black On Black Project.


  • Two fellowships will be awarded per year.
  • Fellowship one: October through March; fellowship two: April through September.
  • Artists receive studio space at Anchorlight for five (5) months; studio is private and empty.
  • Artists produce a mid-term project related to the upcoming exhibition. 
  • Artists produce an exhibition to be on view of one (1) month; reception included.
  • Artists receive a $500 stipend.
  • Artists receive 100 percent of exhibition artwork sales.
  • Artists receive exhibition promotional help from the Black On Black Project.


Jo Ann Williams Fellows are required to perform the following:

  • Solo exhibition: fellow must produce an exhibition that features mostly (75 percent) work created during the fellowship. Fellows will work with the Black On Black Project on the exhibition theme. 
  • Community service: this includes working with other nonprofit groups that serve the community. Fellows will perform at least two hours a week teaching, mentoring or volunteering in the community that takes advantage of their skill set and that helps inform the exhibition at the end of the term. The Black On Black Project will help with finding where artists can volunteer, if needed.
  • Community programming: this includes working with the Black On Black Project on at least two community programming events during the exhibition at Anchorlight. These could include panel discussions on the topic of the exhibition, lectures, readings, performances, networking meet ups or other events that involved inviting the community into the gallery. Events must be approved by the Black On Black Project, and the organization will assist in all events.
  • Education: Fellows much take a grant writing course and a social media marketing course provided by the Black On Black Project.
  • Signed contract: Fellows must sign avcontract stating they accept the terms of the fellowship.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen and legal, permanent resident of the United States.
  • Must reside in the Greater Triangle Area.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Artists must be in the early stages of their career and share a passion for community.
  • Fellows are not permitted to participate in other residency programs during their term as a Jo Ann Williams Artist Fellow.


  • The Jo Ann Williams Fellowship Program does not provide art materials or supplies. Fellows are expected to provide their own materials and equipment. Specialized equipment requires prior approval by the Black On Black Project and Anchorlight. Equipment or materials that produce fumes requiring special ventilation, smoke, fire, excessive dust, or permanent damage to the facilities are not permitted.


  • Application deadline for fellowship one (Oct. through March) is August 17, 2018.
  • Application deadline for fellowship two (April through Sept.) is January 31, 2019.


  • Fill out the online application below, including an artists statement on why you would make a good fellow and what you would do with the fellowship. Maximum of 400 words.
  • Resume.
  • Three Images representative of your work.


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Why this fellowship is for you.