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The Walter Feldman Fellowship

Now in its seventh year, the Walter Feldman Fellowship for Emerging Artists supports the professional careers of visual artists through a solo exhibition or alternative presentation of work and curatorial and professional development support, including expert guidance on improving business skills for the effective presentation and promotion of your work.

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, printmaker, and educator who taught students at Brown University over more than 60 years, Mr. Feldman’s legacy will continue to impact young artists through this program.

“This year’s Fellows, Marla McLeod and Brooke Stewart, are making visually challenging and technically strong work that made me think about power, agency, and humanity. The work made me remember how powerful figuration can be in capable and empathetic hands.” — 2021 Feldman Fellow Juror, Steve Locke

Brooke Stewart, Milk Wagon, Oil on Canvas

About the 2021 Juror: Steve Locke

Steve Locke is a New York-based artist, raised in Detroit, Michigan. He received an M.F.A. in 2001 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and holds Bachelors Degrees from Boston University and MassArt. He attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2002. He has been artist-in-residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston (2016) and for the City of Boston (2018). He has received grants from The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, and The Art Matters Foundation. He is a Professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.

Solo exhibitions include “there is no one left to blame,” curated by Helen Molesworth for the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; “The School of Love” with Samsøñ, Boston; “Family Pictures” with Gallery Kayafas, Boston;  “#Killers” at YOURS MINE & OURS, New York; and most recently “Homage to the Auction Block” at LaMontagne Gallery, Boston. He has also had solo projects with the Boston Public Library; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Mendes Wood in Sao Paulo, Brazil; VOLTA 5 in Basel, Switzerland; and P.S. Satellites, a project of Prospect IV in New Orleans. His work has been reviewed in ARTFORUMArt in AmericaArt New EnglandJUXTAPOZ, the Boston Globe, and The New Yorker.

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.


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