2021 Oak Spring Garden Foundation Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence

Deadline: August 12, 2020.

In 2021 the Oak Spring Garden Foundation will award our annual Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence to one outstanding, early-career artist who is developing, new works that address plants, gardens, or landscapes in the broad sense.  This is our most prestigious artist award and is open to visual artists, literary artists, dancers, and musicians. The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a two-to-four-week stay at Oak Spring. This fellowship will be granted to an exceptional artist who shows remarkable promise to contribute to a deeper understanding of the natural world, and humankind’s place in it.

The individual selected for this award will be asked to spend 2 – 4 weeks at Oak Spring where they will be able to meet with staff, explore our 700-acre landscape and our efforts in sustainable land management, and visit our rare book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art.  The Fellow will have ample time and space to work independently on their own projects during their stay. The only requirement during their time at Oak Spring will be to give one 45-minute presentation with time for questions, to Oak Spring staff and any other fellows or residents who might be on site.


1. Eligible applicants must be early-career artists not enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in 2021.

2. The successful Fellow must be self-directed and able to work independently while on site.

3. Applicants are expected to show dedication to their artistic practice, clear connection to the natural world in their work, exceptional promise, and good communication skills.


The selected Fellow should make travel arrangements to Dulles International Airport, where Oak Spring will arrange transportation for them to our estate in Upperville, VA.  The Fellow will resident in a nicely appointed, self-catering accommodation during their time at Oak Spring.  The fellow will have a private bedroom and bathroom, and share a living room and kitchen.


To begin your application, click the button below and locate the Eliza Moore Fellowship.  You will be asked to submit:

  1. A resume/curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages),
  2. A 200 – 300-word statement on your artistic practice,
  3. A statement of 200 – 300 words stating how your work relates to Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s mission to “perpetuate and share the gifts of Rachel (“Bunny”) Lambert Mellon, including her residence, garden, estate and the Oak Spring Garden Library, to serve the public interest. OSGF is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being,”
  4. Five images or videos of work that best convey your current artistic interests; images or other media must include year of creation, title, dimensions, and medium,

NOTE: When applying to this fellowship, you will be asked if you are interested in being considered for one of our other residencies, if you are not selected for the fellowship. To learn more about our residences, visit www.osgf.org/residencies.



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