Since 2017, The Gordon Parks Foundation has awarded two annual $25,000 fellowships to artists working in a variety of fields and mediums.
In 1942, Gordon Parks received the Julius Rosenwald Fellowship to support his career as a photographer. The Rosenwald Fellowship granted him $2,000 — the equivalent of almost $35,000 today — to move to Washington, D.C. and apprentice for one year under Roy Stryker at the Farm Security Administration. This opportunity helped to set the course for his sixty-year career that would follow. Today, The Gordon Parks Foundation is dedicated to providing the same vital support to the current and future generation of artists following in his footsteps.
The fellowships support the development of new or ongoing projects that explore themes of representation and social justice. The fellowships culminate in a solo exhibition at the Gordon Parks Foundation Gallery in Pleasantville, New York.
Please note: Applications for fellowships are accepted by invitation only.