D. Mineck Foundation
The John D. Mineck Foundation was
created in 2007 to award charitable and educational gifts, which reflect John Mineck’s
interests and values. John’s skills as a fine furniture maker were a
result of passion, dedication and the guidance of a well-known furniture
artist. Without that guidance, John would not have realized his
In an effort to support the art that John loved and the people who make it, the
Foundation has created a fellowship to encourage and support a young-in-career
furniture artist with the financial assistance to help him/her succeed in
his/her journey. The fellowship has been designed to help support a
talented furniture artist looking to fulfill an apprenticeship, develop his/her
own skills, and/or make the transition to independence.
The John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship of $25,000 is awarded annually to one
artist and is administered by The Society of Arts and Crafts.
The 2017 Fellow will join a prestigious cohort alongside Will Tracey
(2009), Libby Schrum (2010), Bart Niswonger (2011), Nick Hollibaugh (2012),
Vivian Beer (2013), Kimberly Winkle (2014), Sarah Marriage (2015), and Annie Evelyn (2016).
Criteria & Guidelines
The fellowship will focus on furniture makers whose work is contemporary and
functional, and artists who live and work in Northeast United States. Traditional and sculptural furniture makers
as well as candidates from other regions in the United States may be
The following criteria will be 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 artistic career
- The strength and feasibility of the fellowship
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time
- Artist collaborations will be considered
- Currently enrolled, full-time students are not
Fellowship Fund Uses
Examples of expenses that would be allowable 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
Examples of expenses
that would NOT be allowable include:
- Purchase of real estate, rent (non studio), mortgage
- Tuition or classes related to a degree
- Paying off education loans or past debt
Fellow 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 is encouraged to attend the John D. Mineck golf tournament and award presentation on Thursday, October 5 in Massachusetts to share their experiences
and the impact the fellowship has made or will make 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 to
the press to promote the award. This may include studio visits,
photo shoots, interviews and events.
- 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
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
August 31, 2017
Three cheers for this year's guest juror, Andrew Glasgow!
The 2017 John D. Mineck Fellow will be announced September 1, 2017.
Please click on the submit button below to begin your application.