On May 1, 2001, the Bush Foundation announced the winners of the 2001 Bush Artists Fellowships (BAF). Fellowships were awarded to 15 artists in areas of music composition, film/video, literature, and scriptworks. Each fellow will receive $40,000 for a 12 to 18 month period.
The artists selected to receive fellowships were chosen by national panels from a total of 396 applications. The members of the preliminary and final selection panels were all artists and arts professional from outside Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. For a complete list of music panelists, click here.
Begun in 1976, the Bush Artist Fellows Program provides artists with significant financial support that enables them to advance their work and further their contribution to their communities. Up to 15 fellowships are awarded annually to artists living in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the ninth Federal Reserve district of western Wisconsin. Awards are made in seven categories, which rotate on a two-year cycle, and include visual arts, two-dimensional; visual arts, three-dimensional; choreography/multimedia/performance art; literature; music composition; scriptworks; and film/video.
The BAF supports artists whose work reflects any of the region’s diverse geographic, racial, and aesthetic communities. Artists may be at any stage of their life’s work from early to mature. Fellows may use the award in a variety of ways – to explore new directions, continue work already in progress, or accomplish work not financially feasible otherwise. They may decide to take time for solitary work or reflection, engage in collaborative or community projects, embark on travel or research, or pursue any other activity that contributes to their lives as artists.
The Bush Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation with charitable purposes. Archibald Granville Bush, sales and general manager of the 3M Company, and his wife, Edyth, created the Bush Foundation in 1953. The Foundation makes grants to institutions in education, humanities and the arts, human services, and health, primarily in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, and supports historically black private colleges and fully accredited tribally controlled colleges throughout the United States. In addition to the Bush Artist Fellowships, the Foundation also offers fellowship programs for individuals through its Leadership Fellows Program and Medical Fellows Program.