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John D. Mineck Foundation
The Boston-based John D. Mineck Foundation has created a fellowship to encourage and support a young-in-career furniture artist with the financial assistance to help them succeed in their journey. The fellowship has been designed to support a talented furniture artist looking to fulfill an apprenticeship, develop their skills, and/or make the transition to independence.

The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship is a cash award of $25,000 awarded annually to a furniture artist or a furniture artist collaboration. The award is administered by The Society of Arts + Crafts.

Criteria & Guidelines
The fellowship will focus on furniture makers whose work is contemporary and functional. Preference will be given to artists who live and work in Northeast United States. International entries are not considered. Traditional and sculptural furniture makers, as well as candidates from other regions in the United States, may also be considered.

The following criteria are considered in evaluating applications:

  • Quality of the artwork, strength of vision, and a portfolio that evidences growth beyond school or university work
  • Artwork and résumé demonstrating perseverance and commitment to an artistic career
  • The strength and feasibility of the fellowship proposal
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • Artist collaborations will be considered
  • Currently enrolled, full-time students are not eligible


Uses of Fellowship Funds
Eligible uses include:

  • Opportunities for advanced study or apprenticeship with a significant mentor
  • Attending professional development classes or workshops
  • Equipment or supplies related to artwork
  • Upgrade or rental of studio space
  • Marketing and website development
  • Travel related to artwork (conferences, expos, exhibitions, shows, etc)
  • The portion of federal income taxes directly related to the fellowship income


Ineligible uses: 

  • Purchase of real estate, rent for locations other than studio, mortgage payments
  • Tuition or classes related to a degree
  • Paying-off education loans or past debt


Additional Requirements:  
Fellowship Recipient will be required to sign a contract agreeing to the following terms:

  • Fellow is required to provide a mid-term and final report to the Society during the award period, which describes progress made on the plan, any changes to the plan and the impact on artistic development. The reports may take the form of a conversation, email or a letter.
  • Fellow must file a financial report to the Society at the end of the award period that outlines how funds were used.
  • Fellow attends the John D. Mineck award presentation on or around October 1 in Massachusetts to briefly present on the impact the fellowship makes on their career. 
  • Fellow is requested to acknowledge funding by the John D. Mineck Foundation in any promotional materials, shows, events, or publications that result from award activities and notify the Society of publicity that results from the award.
  • Fellow is required to make themselves available, on occasion, to the press to promote the award. This may include studio visits, photo shoots, interviews and events. Such promotional opportunities will be arranged directly through the Society of Arts + Crafts.


Additional Information

  • Grants are subject to state and federal income tax. The portion of federal income tax related to the income resulting from receiving the Artist Fellowship is an allowable expense in the application budget. Please contact the IRS or your tax preparer for further information.         
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Application Deadline
August 31, 2021.

The 2021 John D. Mineck Fellow will be announced in early September 2021.

Please complete the following form, upload your files, and then click 'submit' to turn in your application.

Questions? Email director@societyofcrafts.org with the subject line MINECK.

About the Fellowship:
The Boston-based John D. Mineck Foundation was created in 2007 to award charitable and educational gifts which reflect John’s varied interests and values. John’s skills as a fine furniture maker were a result of his passion, dedication and the guidance of a well-known furniture artist. Without that guidance, John would not have been able to realize his furniture-making capabilities. In an effort to support the artform and the people who make it, the Foundation has created an annual fellowship in John’s name to encourage and support young-in-career furniture artists with financial assistance. The fellowship is awarded annually and is administered by The Society of Arts + Crafts.

The 2021 Fellow will join a prestigious cohort. Past recipients include Will Tracey (2009), Libby Schrum (2010), Bart Niswonger (2011), Nick Hollibaugh (2012), Vivian Beer (2013) Kimberly Winkle (2014), Sarah Marriage (2015), Annie Evelyn (2016), Jack Mauch (2017), Tom Shields (2018), Beatriz Mayorca (2019) and Aspen Golann (2020).

About the SA+C: Incorporated in 1897, The Society of Arts + Crafts has been at the forefront of the American craft movement, fostering the development, sales, recognition, and education of crafts for over one hundred years. Our highly committed founders developed standards of excellence in design and technical mastery for crafts that inspired the American Arts and Crafts Movement.
The mission of the Society of Arts + Crafts is to support and celebrate craft makers and their creativity. On the eve of its 125th anniversary, the organization is embarking on a bold new strategic plan to apply the organization’s efforts towards promoting the relevance of craft in the 21st-century. 

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