Da Vinci Fellowships


About the Da Vinci Fellowship Program

With the generous funding from the Joseph Robert Foundation, Da Vinci Art Alliance is happy to announce a fully funded exhibition opportunity for an emerging Philadelphia-based curator and a fully funded exhibition opportunity for an under-resourced, Philadelphia-based artist. The Da Vinci Fellowship program builds off of our founding mission by annually supporting Philadelphia-based artists. This opportunity opens up our space to perspectives and artists who could not otherwise afford our rental fees. Valued at $2,895, these fellowship tracks further open DVAA’s doors to innovative ideas and artistic risk-taking and exploration.


Severo Antonelli Fellow:

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This fellow will develop a fully realized solo exhibition in the Da Vinci Art Alliance gallery space. They will spearhead the exhibition process, including theme creation, artist management, and ultimate layout and presentation. Fellows will have access to DVAA office resources, tools, and other Fellows to develop this show. They will work alongside DVAA's Exhibitions and Programming Director to develop and install the exhibition. The artist will receive a $200 supply gift card and a fully catered exhibition reception.

Fellows are expected to participate in at least 3 fellowship planning sessions in preparation for the Da Vinci Fellowship exhibitions throughout 2020. Fellows will meet and engage the DVAA membership by attending at least 1 DVAA Crit Night and participating in at least 1 Membership Exhibition in 2020.

This Fellowship track is named after Severo Antonelli, one of the 9 original founders and a prominent photographer, vibrant community leader and major supporter of Woodmere Art Museum.


The Kathryn Pannepacker Fellow:

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This fellow will curate an exhibition exploring social, political, or cultural content that engages local communities in the Da Vinci Art Alliance gallery space. They will spearhead the exhibition process, including theme creation, artist management, and ultimate layout and presentation. Fellows will have access to DVAA office resources, tools, and other Fellows to develop this show. They will work alongside DVAA's Exhibitions and Programming Director to develop and install the exhibition. The curator will receive a $200 supply gift card and a fully catered exhibition reception.

Fellows are expected to participate in at least 3 fellowship planning sessions in preparation for the Da Vinci Fellowship exhibitions throughout 2020. Fellows will meet and engage the DVAA membership by attending at least 1 DVAA Crit Night and participating in at least 1 Membership Exhibition in 2020.

This Fellowship track is named after Kathryn Pannepacker whose leadership in 1997 re-birthed Da Vinci Art Alliance after years of inactivity. Kathryn is currently a textile artist and painter living in Philadelphia, creating visual art pieces and projects with the mission of “art-for-all” and “peace-for-all”.


2020 Fellowship Schedule

  • Application Deadline: December 1st, 2019

  • Selection Announcement: January 1st 2019

  • Exhibition Run Dates: 8/5 - 8/23/2020

  • Opening Reception: 8/5/2020

Applications will be reviewed by the DVAA Exhibitions Committee, Staff, and Advisory Board. Proposals will be judged by their artistic and conceptual merit, proof of concept, and demonstration of need.


The Da Vinci Fellowship Program is made possible by DVAA Membership Dues, Artist & Craftsman Supply, and a generous grant from the Joseph Robert Foundation.


Past Fellows:

Severo Antonelli Fellow 2019

Lucia Garzon

 

Kathryn Pannepacker Fellow 2019

Malachi Lily