South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships

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The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support, and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program is open to individual artists living in the South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. South Arts is committed to practices and funding that create greater cultural equity, represent the diversity of artistic expression of our region, are inclusive of diverse voices and artistic expression, and are accessible to everyone. The cohort of nine-state fellows will be selected through a two-tiered selection process by a national jury. A second national jury will select the Southern Prize Winner and Finalist. Jurors will make their selections based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of artistic expression of the region. This program is open to visual artists in several categories.


The South Arts State Fellowship (state fellowship) is a state-specific prize awarded to artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A national jury will select one winner per eligible state, for a group of nine-state fellows, based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of artistic expression of the region. Each of the nine-state fellowship winners will be awarded a $5,000 state fellowship and will compete for one of the two Southern Prizes. State fellowship recipients will be required to attend the awards ceremony in late summer 2023.


The nine-state fellowship recipients will compete for the Southern Prize. The $25,000 Southern Prize will be awarded to the artist whose work demonstrates the highest artistic excellence, and a runner-up will be awarded a $10,000 Prize. Both Southern Prize recipients will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences. A separate national jury will convene to evaluate the body of work represented by the nine-state fellowship recipients and select the Prize winner and Finalist. Winners of the Southern Prize will be announced at the awards ceremony.

The Southern Prize ceremony and exhibition of state fellows’ works may be planned for fall 2024.

  • Informational Webinar: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET, November 2, 2023Register for the Webinar (note: the webinar will be recorded and posted to their website)
  • Deadline to Submit a Fee-Waiver Request: January 2, 2024
  • Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. ET, January 8, 2024
  • Jury Review Process: November 2023 – February 2024
  • State Fellowship Award Notifications: April 2024
  • Southern Prize Ceremony and 2024 Exhibition Opening: October 19, 2024 at Art and Culture Center/Hollywood in Hollywood, Florida


Click here for the guidelines

Click here to access the application portal

Click here for the FAQ

Apply by: January 8, 2024