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Discipline Definitions

CHOREOGRAPHY
Eligible for review in even years. This category accepts work in all choreographic styles, including mixed-media or multi-genre performance works in which choreography and/or organized movement of the human body(ies) is primary.

CRAFTS
Eligible for review in odd years. This category includes original work made substantially by hand, wherein the skill and technique of manipulating glass, metal, wood, fiber, clay, and other materials is primary to the artistic process.

DRAMATIC WRITING
Eligible for review in odd years. This category (formerly called "Playwriting") accepts original stageplays, screenplays, audiodramas and/or experimental, monologue, or solo works that are primarily text-based and submitted in script form. Applicants must have primary artistic control of work submitted. Directors, producers, interpreters, and performers of work written by anyone other than the applicant are not eligible to apply. Adaptations of original work by artists other than the applicant will not be reviewed by the panel.

DRAWING & PRINTMAKING
Eligible for review in even years. This category includes work created using the techniques, materials, media, and methods of drawing and printmaking, collage, artists' books, and computer-generated work.

FICTION/CREATIVE NONFICTION
Eligible for review in even years. This category accepts literary work in all varieties and genres of fiction, including novels, short stories, flash fiction, and graphic novels. It also includes works of creative nonfiction distinguished by a strong narrative voice, such as memoir, personal essay, or descriptive prose. Work that is primarily critical, analytical, or scholarly will not be reviewed by the panel.

FILM & VIDEO
Eligible for review in odd years. This category accepts original works of film and video, including narrative film, documentaries, experimental film, animation, and/or video art. Applicants must have primary artistic/creative control of work submitted.

MUSIC COMPOSITION
Eligible for review in odd years. This category accepts original compositions in chamber, choral, electronic, experimental, symphonic, popular, and band music; jazz, opera, solo work, and musical theater. This category is for the primary creator of the work, not for those who interpret the work of others.

PAINTING
Eligible for review in even years. This category includes original work that involves painting of any kind upon any surface. Artists who make engravings, etchings, lithographs, prints, serigraphs, woodcuts, and drawings should apply in the Drawing category.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Eligible for review in odd years. This category accepts original work in traditional and experimental photography, or any work in which photographic technique is the primary element. Work that involves digital or software manipulation of photographs should apply in this category.

POETRY
Eligible for review in even years. This category includes original work in all forms and genres of poetry. Translations are not eligible.

SCULPTURE/INSTALLATION/NEW GENRES
Eligible for review in odd years. This category includes original three-dimensional sculpture, installation art, time-based media works of art, conceptually driven work, experimental, hybrid, and community-based practice in the visual arts.

TRADITIONAL ARTS
Eligible for review in even years. This category accepts work in the traditional arts - including music, craft, dance, verbal arts - created and preserved within communities defined by cultural connections such as a common ethnic heritage, language, religion, occupation, or geographic area. Whether sung or told, handcrafted or performed, traditional art forms reflect a community's shared sense of aesthetic heritage. The folk and traditional arts typically are learned during the course of daily living from someone steeped in the tradition, rather than through books, classes, or other means of institutional instruction. This Artist Fellowships category is for individuals not groups. For more information, please contact Maggie Holtzberg, Folk Arts & Heritage Program Manager at 617-858-2713.

 
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