We acknowledge that we are situated on the unceded and ancestral homelands of the Muh-he-con-ne-ok, the Peoples of the Waters that Are Never Still.

We recognize that there is a history to this land that is older than we are and pay honor and respect to this history and to the Elders, past, present, and future.

Forge

Fellowship

2021 Forge Project Fellowship

Forge Project's annual fellowship launched with a cohort of four individuals selected by Director of Education Heather Bruegl (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee). In addition to direct financial support, fellows will make use of the Forge Project property to devote time to their practice. The inaugural Forge Project Fellows are Chris T Cornelius (Oneida), Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians), Jasmine Neosh (Menominee), and Brock Schreiber (Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans).

  • Jasmine Neosh

    Jasmine Neosh (Menominee), is a writer, student researcher, and advocate for environmental justice, Indigenous sovereignty, climate change education and culturally-informed, place-based sustainability. She is currently working on a field guide to restore knowledge loss surrounding food systems and native plants.

  • Brock Schreiber

    Brock Schreiber is a member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans. He’s a student and teacher of Mã’eekuneeweexthowãakun. He writes books for children to inspire their imaginations. When he's not trekking in the wilderness with his family, he’s fulfilling his responsibilities as a Tribal Council Member. He grew up on the Stockbridge-Munsee Reservation in rural Wisconsin, where he and his wife are now raising their beautiful children.

  • Sky Hopinka

    Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, CA, Portland, OR, and Milwaukee, WI. In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His video, photo, and text work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture expressed through personal, documentary, and non-fictional forms of media. He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and teaches at Bard College.

    His work has played at various festivals including ImagineNATIVE Media + Arts Festival, Images, Wavelengths, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Sundance, and Projections. His work was a part of the 2016 Wisconsin Triennial and the 2017 Whitney Biennial and the 2018 FRONT Triennial. He was a guest curator at the 2019 Whitney Biennial and was a part of Cosmopolis #2 at the Centre Pompidou. He was awarded jury prizes at the Onion City Film Festival, the More with Less Award at the 2016 Images Festival, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the New Cinema Award at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship for Individual Artists in the Emerging artist category for 2018. He was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2018–2019 and Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow for 2019, and is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow.

  • Chris Cornelius

    Chris Cornelius is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the founding principal of studio:indigenous, a design practice serving Indigenous clients. Cornelius was a collaborating designer with Antoine Predock on the Indian Community School of Milwaukee. Chris is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. Including the inaugural Miller Prize from Exhibit Columbus, a 2018 Architect’s Newspaper Best of Design Award, and an Artist residency from the National Museum of the American Indian. Chris has been exhibited widely including the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. Cornelius is the Spring 2021, Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at Yale University.

2022 Fellowship Open Call

Forge Project is pleased to announce its 2022 fellowship application open call.

Forge Project is pleased to announce its open call for applications for its 2022 funded fellowship program for Indigenous artists, scholars, organizers, cultural workers, researchers, and educators. The application will be live starting Monday, December, 27, 2021, and applications are due Friday, January 21, 2022, by 11:59 PM EST.

About the Fellowship

Forge Project is seeking a 2022 cohort of six Indigenous individuals that represents a broad diversity of cultural practices, participatory research and organizing models, and geographic contexts that honor Indigenous pasts as well as build Native futures. Each Forge Project Fellow will receive a total of $25,000 toward their practice and will have full access to the Forge Project site, libraries, and lending collection of living Indigenous artists during their fellowship.

The space consists of two structures designed by Ai Weiwei in collaboration with HHF architects. The Tsai Residence is the larger of the two buildings and consists of four equal-sized boxes, where Forge Project hosts its public programming, including special-topic talks with Fellows. Parallel to the Tsai residence is a Y-shaped building; the upper floor features a circular skylight that illuminates a central art gallery, and houses a fluid living and studio space for Forge fellows.

2022 Fellows will have the opportunity to present their work to the local Forge Project audience on site as well as a wider international audience via social media. Fellows will work one-on-one with Director of Education and Fellowship Coordinator Heather Bruegl (Oneida/Stockbridge-Munsee) to develop public programming, to make connections and build contacts, and for mentorship during their stay.

About the Jury

The Forge Project Fellowship 2022 jury will be reviewed by a panel of six distinguished scholars, artists, writers, and former Fellows.

  • Misty Cook, M.S.

  • Dr. Anton Treuer

  • Dr. Meranda Roberts

  • Dr. Rose Miron

  • Sky Hopinka

  • Dr. Jolene Rickard

Application & Eligibility

Interested individuals can learn more about the application and how to apply via Forge Project’s Submittable page. Applicants must be registered citizens of a federally recognized tribal nation, or Canadian First Nations (status or non-status), Metis or Inuit to apply for the 2022 Forge Project Fellowship. Applicants must be an enrolled member or citizen of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation, or of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Applicants will be asked to provide documentation of their Native citizenship or ancestry. At least one Fellow will come from the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. For full details, selection criteria, key dates and the link to apply, visit forgeproject.com/fellowship. Please email fellow@forgeproject.com with any questions.

  • Informational webinar, Monday, January 10, 2022 at 6:30 PM EST. View the recording here.

  • Applications are due by Friday, January 21, 2022 by 11:59 PM EST

  • The six individuals will be announced in Spring 2022

Fellowship Application FAQs

Q: Who is eligible to apply?
A: Applicants must be an enrolled member or citizen of a federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation, or of Native Hawaiian ancestry, a Canadian First Nations (status or non-status), Metis or Inuit to apply for the 2022 Forge Project Fellowship. Applicants may be asked to provide documentation of their Native citizenship or ancestry. At least one Fellow will come from the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians.

Q: I am a mixed-race (Black/Latinx/Asian/White and Indigenous) artist interested in applying for this year’s fellowship. Do I qualify?
A: If you are mixed-race and also meet the qualifications above, then you are eligible to apply.

Q: Are members of state-enrolled tribes eligible?
A: No, state-enrolled tribal members are not eligible for the 2022 fellowship. If you are not enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, we still encourage you to fill out the first part of the application so we can assess application needs and processes for the 2023 fellowship.

Q: Do artists who have descendant status in their tribe qualify?
A: While our eligibility requirement is to be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, please fill out the beginning of the application so we can improve our application for next year.

Q: Are Indigenous people from tribes south of the United States (ie K’iche or Aztec) eligible to apply?
A: Unfortunately, at this time, we are limiting the fellowship to residents within the colonial borders of the United States and Canada. We encourage you to fill out the first part of the application, which provides space for feedback and will allow us to improve our application for next year.

Q: Why is Forge Project limiting this fellowship to federally recognized tribes?
A: We designed this fellowship for Indigenous individuals working to honor Indigenous pasts as well as build Native futures, and this eligibility requirement is intended to ensure that this is who the fellowship serves. While we do not seek to be gatekeepers of indigeneity, Forge Project recognizes that we are working within the limits of oppressive systems--including white supremacy and capitalism--that operate with draconian boundaries and forces us to make choices that are antithetical to our overall mission.

Q: How long is the residency at Forge Project?
A: Fellows are invited to stay in residence at Forge for two to three weeks to make use of the studio, library, and lending collection. We also understand that many of our fellows have full-time careers, families, and other responsibilities, and our Director of Education Heather Bruegl will work with recipients to figure out residency dates that work best for them.

Q: What are the benefits of being a Forge Project Fellow?
A: Each Forge Project Fellow will receive a total of $25,000 toward their practice and will have full access to the Forge Project site, libraries, and lending collection of living Indigenous artists during their fellowship. 2022 Fellows will also have the opportunity to present their work to the local Forge Project audience on site as well as a wider international audience via social media.

Q: I am not an artist. Can I apply for the fellowship?
A: The Forge Project fellowship is intended to support Indigenous artists, scholars, organizers, cultural workers, researchers, and educators who represent a broad diversity of cultural practices, participatory research and organizing models, and geographic contexts.

Q: Am I supposed to apply with a specific project in mind?
A: No. The Forge Project fellowship does not require you to have a specific project in mind. You can apply with a project, a goal, or simply time to complete something you may already be working on.

Q: I work as part of a collaborative. Should I and my partner apply together or separately?
A: You and your collaborative partner(s) will need to apply separately, but can reference one another's work in your application. In regards to strategy and which work samples to include in your application, that is up to your personal discretion. Broadly speaking, samples should be representative of your body of work as an artist which in your case includes work made collaboratively. We do ask that you be mindful of submitting works that you know are also going to be submitted by another applicant so as not to confuse the jury. A note about authorship or the creative process that clarifies your role in the work is helpful. The $25K is awarded to the single individual who receives the Fellowship and however they chose to use that money, including splitting it with their collaborators, is up to them

Q: Are references required to write a letter of recommendation?
A: A reference letter will be required from each of your references. Submittable will send an email with the contact information that you provide to each of your references, who will then be able to upload their reference letters directly to Submittable themselves.

Q: Will anyone on staff review my application?
A: No. The Forge Project Fellowship 2022 jury will be reviewed by a panel of six distinguished scholars, artists, writers, and former Fellows: Misty Cook, M.S.; Dr. Anton Treuer; Dr. Meranda Roberts; Dr. Rose Miron; Sky Hopinka; and Dr. Jolene Rickard.

Q: I have never applied for a fellowship before, do you have any resources to help me with my application?
A: Feel free to reach out to Director of Education Heather Bruegl at heather@forgeproject.com or Editorial Projects Manager Frances Cathryn at frances@forgeproject.com for one-on-one guidance. Forge Project is also hosting an information webinar Monday, January 10, at 6:30 PM via Zoom for a general overview of the process, what we’re looking for in an application, a quick statement writing how-to, plus an open Q&A to answer all your questions. Register online

Q: ​​I was wondering how many people apply to this fellowship, in general. And do many people from specific tribes or ethnic groups apply?
A: This is our first year with open applications to the public for this Fellowship so we do not yet have any statistical information about how many people apply or their demographics.

Q: I have a specific question not answered here - is there another way to reach out?
A: Please email fellow@forgeproject.com with any other questions. Forge Project is also hosting an information webinar Monday, January 10, at 6:30 PM via Zoom for a general overview of the process plus an open Q&A to answer all your questions. Register online.