The Marion Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts


Cover Sheet


2015 Circle Member Resources

Cathy &The Marion's Jesse Marion

The Marion Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts fund is established by Cathy and Jesse Marion of Houston, Texas, in the Fredonia College Foundation. Oilman Jesse Marion, whose career in the geophysical industry spans over thirty years, is the founder of Millennium Seismic Ltd. and Marion Investments. He is a trustee of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists Foundation and serves on the Houston Community College Engineering Advisory Council. He is President of the Board of Directors of Houston’s Alley Theatre and has joined the Board of Directors of the National Council for American Theatre. He also serves as a Board member of the Memorial Hermann Foundation, Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital and Ucross Foundation. Read More

The Office of the Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, is pleased to announce the third annual competition for this unique opportunity.   The Marion Fellow will design a project inspired by one of the theme weeks of the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.  The project will include a path of travel which includes the Chautauqua Institution, the Ucross Foundation of Wyoming, and at least one other of the Circle Member locations below.  The Marion Fellow will make a final presentation on the campus of the State University of New York at Fredonia. 


Artistic or professional staff, faculty, or matriculating graduate students affiliated with the Circle Member locations.  Please check with your institution’s director for particular eligibility requirements.

Award    $18,000

Process and Deadline

Detailed information is included in the RFP (Request for Proposal) link on the right of this page. 

Please submit the project description, coversheet and résumé to by mail to the Marion Fellowship Committee, College of Visual and Performing Arts, 807 Maytum Hall, State University of New York at Fredonia, Fredonia, NY 14063.  All proposals and support documents are due by March 15, 2015.  The 2015 awardee will be notified in April.

Inquiries and further information, contact:

Ralph Blasting, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts, 716-673-3174,


Circle Member Locations

Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, Canada

Alley Theatre, Houston, TX

Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY

Springboard Schools, Abu Sir, Giza, Egypt

State University of New York, Fredonia, NY

Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY



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