The Walter Feldman Fellowship

The Walter Feldman Fellowship for

Emerging Artists

Now accepting applications for 2018


Walter Feldman was a prolific painter and a long-time teacher and mentor of emerging artists. Through this fellowship, he created a legacy that will carry his passion to a new generation, helping talented artists develop their unique voice, create a strong body of work, and fulfill their promise as creative entrepreneurs.

2018 Juror: Jen Mergel, Vice President, Association of Art Museum Curators

About the Fellowship
The Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists supports the careers of young artists through the experience of a solo exhibition and provides them with curatorial support, as well as expert counsel in marketing and business skills needed to fully leverage this opportunity.

The Fellowship is open to artists working in 2D media other than photography who are under the age of 40 and have yet to have their first solo exhibition.

This program is made possible with the investment of celebrated abstract expressionist artist Walter Feldman, who long held the goal to support young artists with opportunities for professional recognition and growth. As such, the application criteria were established by Walter Feldman when founding the program. As a painter and printmaker who had his own first solo show at age 26, and also an educator who taught students at Brown University over more than 60 years, Mr. Feldman is pleased to know that his legacy will continue to impact young artists through this program.

Who should apply
This fellowship is open to artists who have yet to have their first solo exhibition and who work in any two-dimensional media (excluding photography). Two artists are selected each year.

Eligibility requirements

  • New England-based artists working in non-photographic two dimensional media
  • Applicant must be under 40 years old as of the application deadline
  • Applicant has not had a previous solo show at a commercial gallery or museum; does not have professional representation. Artists who have had solo shows in non-profit or smaller alternative spaces are invited to submit.

Benefits of fellowship

  • Curatorial guidance
  • Solo show of 10-20 works at the A&BC’s Walter Feldman Gallery in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood
  • Discretionary budget for exhibition-related costs, e.g. mailers, catalog, framing, signage, etc.Individualized career coaching with industry professionals
  • Free access to A&BC professional development workshops throughout the Fellowship year
  • Legal support as needed through the A&BC’s Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts program

2017-2018 Timeline

  • Submission deadline 10/20
  • Applicants will be notified of juror’s decisions (11/10)
  • Dates of solo show (Fall 2018)
  • Fellows will receive professional development coaching from the A&BC and artist consultant Almitra Stanley throughout the Fellowship term

Application instructions

    • Artists can apply through Submittable by clicking on the “Submit” button below, when available. Through this online application form, you will be asked to provide:
    • Five (5) images of works
    • Your artist statement (250 words), bio (150 words), and C.V./resume are required
    • A short essay introducing your work and why you feel you will benefit from the Fellowship
    • A $15 administration fee


Learn more about each year’s Fellows and jurors.

About the exhibition space
The Walter Feldman Gallery is an exhibition space within the A&BC’s new multi-use environment in the Midway Studios artist building. During the week, the space is shared by organizations dedicated to investing in and promoting the arts. Our current occupants include MASSCreative, an arts advocacy organization; StageSource, dedicated to supporting theatrical arts; and Mass Poetry, an organization connecting poets to larger audiences. Learn more.

About Jen Mergel, 2018 Walter Feldman Fellowship Juror
Jen Mergel has organized over 50 public exhibitions with contemporary art and artists, and is now Curator of Platform for The Armory Show, developing large-scale artist commissions and installations for the 2018 fair in New York. She currently serves as Vice President, Programming, for the Association of Art Museum Curators, the Founding Director of the Curatorial Network Accelerator of Boston, and is a 2017 fellow with the Center for Curatorial Leadership. From 2010 to 2017, she was the Beal Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, guiding the department’s more than 500 acquisitions, and new exhibition and performance art programs. She previously served in curatorial roles at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, the Addison Gallery of American Art, and at Harvard University’s Adams House ArtSpace. Mergel graduated summa cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies from Harvard and received her M.A. from Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies. She is a proud native of Boston.

About Walter Feldman
Walter Feldman (1925-2017) was a renowned abstract expressionist artist. He studied at Yale School of the Fine Arts with Willem de Kooning and Josef Albers, receiving his BFA and MFA.  In 1953 he was appointed to the art faculty at Brown University. His paintings have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Modern Art, DeCordova Museum, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Obelisk Gallery, Pace Gallery, and Kraushaar Galleries. Over the course of his career he won numerous prizes, fellowships, and awards, including the print prize at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a senior Fulbright Fellowship, the gold medal in Milan’s “Mostra International,” the Childe Hassam Purchase prize from the National Academy of Design and the Tonner prize from the American Color Print Society.  His works are in over a 150 public collections including the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Featured images above: 2015 Feldman Fellows Kelly Carmody (left) and Sarah Meyers Brent (right); guests at the respective opening receptions for these artists.