Vera List Center Fellowships

2018 - 2020
The Vera List Center Fellowships support individuals whose work advances the discourse on art and politics. The appointments provide the opportunity to develop a project in response to the Vera List Center's curatorial focus theme, drawing from the resources of The New School, to expand on it in collaboration with students and faculty, and to bring it to the public through the Vera List Center's interdisciplinary public programs.

The Vera List Center is a research center and a public forum that focuses exclusively on advancing research, scholarship and public discourse on contemporary issues at the intersection of art and politics. The fellows contribute to the intellectual foundation of the center, and through their fellowship projects advance the understanding of the curatorial focus theme and related questions. Through multi-disciplinary curatorial programs we aim at advancing our understanding of these issues: for 2018-2020, we're mining the questions of whether and how artist practices constitute political practices, responding to the prompt: If Art Is Politics.

Fellowship Benefits
The VLC Fellowship is part-time, non-residential, and carries a US$10,000 stipend. Each fellowship is highly individualized depending on the project. The fellows are supported by a graduate student research assistant, have access to a wide range of activities throughout The New School, and enjoy extensive library privileges. Meetings and informal gatherings with New School faculty, past fellows and other constituencies are organized on a regular basis and offer opportunities for professional and social exchanges. Curatorial, organizational and financial support is provided for public presentations of the fellowship project.

Journalists, scholars, activists, visual and performing artists, critics, public intellectuals, curators, and cultural practitioners working in any field where they engage art and politics are encouraged to apply. The New School is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution and encourages applications from minority candidates as well as from individuals without institutional affiliation.

• Artistic and/or scholarly excellence of the proposed fellowship project.
• Significance of the project to the candidate's long-term practice.
• Does the proposal relate to the focus theme in explicit and creative ways?
• Does the fellowship project reflect and benefit from the association with The New School?

• April 1, 2018 – Application deadline, followed by reviews by members of the VLC staff, the VLC Advisory Committee, past fellows and New School faculty.
• Mid-April – Finalists are invited to expand on their proposals.
• Early June– Announcement of fellowship appointments.
• Fellowship terms: ten months at any point between fall of 2018 and spring of 2020.

• Public Presentations in a range of possible formats.
• Participation in the life of the Vera List Center - biannual meetings with the Advisory Committee and, as desired, participation in study groups, classes, social gatherings and trips, or collaboration on joint projects with Fellows and others.

Please submit your application via our Submittable page here.

Past fellows include Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Maurice Berger, Wendy T. Ewald, Andrea Geyer, Casey Gollan, Margarita Gutman, Susan Hapgood, Sharon Hayes, Danny Hoch, Ashley Hunt, Bouchra Khalili, Lin + Lam, Jill Magid, Kobena Mercer, Lorraine O'Grady, Olu Oguibe, Silvana Paternostro, Wendy Perron, Marjetica Potrc, Leslie Prosterman, Alexander Provan, Walid Raad, Sarah Rothenberg, Edward Rothstein, Katya Sander, Robert Sember, Joshua Simon, Victoria Sobel, Elisabeth Sussman, David Thorne, and Jonathan Weinberg.