Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts

The Marion International Fellowship is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 Fellow.
The closing date has just been EXTENDED this year to March 28th, 2022.

History and Introduction to the Fellowship

Cathy and Jesse Marion
Cathy and Jesse Marion

Philanthropists and avid supporters of the arts and education, Cathy and Jesse Marion have developed strong relationships with not-for-profit organizations throughout the world. A graduate of the State University of New York at Fredonia, Cathy (Calannio) Marion wanted to secure the couple’s vision of beauty in the arts through a fellowship program based at her alma mater, and including five other institutions with which they felt a strong connection (The Circle Members): the Ucross Foundation, the Chautauqua Institution, Houston’s Alley Theatre, Springboard Schools of Egypt, and the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary, Canada. 

The Marion International Fellowship for the Visual and Performing Arts supports members of the above organizations in an artistic journey through which a creative project is developed.

Applicants for the Marion International Fellowship are asked to design this project around one of the nine theme weeks of the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. The project then starts at the Chautauqua Institution, continues to Ucross of Wyoming, and also includes at least one other of the Circle Members. The Fellow will then make a final presentation on the campus of the State University of New York at Fredonia.

The Fellowship will also inevitably create unique opportunities for educational and cultural enrichment, and as well as reciprocal collaborative projects.

The Fellowship award is $18,000, which may be used for materials, travel, lodging, per diem expenses, and technical or collaborative assistance, and includes a personal stipend of $5,000. 

Time Frame*

The journey begins in summer 2022 at The Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, includes a two-week residency at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming in fall 2022 or spring of 2023, and concludes in Fall 2023 with a presentation about the work, or demonstration of the work-in-progress, at the State University of New York at Fredonia.   The creative journey must include at least one additional Circle Member organization, either the Alley Theatre of Houston, TX,  or the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary, Alberta. Or it is also possible to visit The Chautauqua Institution or The State University of New York at Fredonia twice. 

*This time frame may be adjusted due to changing COVID restrictions. 

Who May Apply

Applicants must be current or former affiliates of one or more of the Marion Circle member organizations, in roles such as artistic or professional staff, faculty, fellows, or artist. For more information, see: Circle Member Resources.

Proposal Considerations

Preference is given to humanitarian projects that foster positive experiences and outcomes, and have the potential to stimulate initiatives that can inspire improvement of education, nutrition, and healthcare.

Successful projects tend to include more than one art form and will involve community and audience engagement.

Selection Process


The Marion International Fellow is identified through both a ranking and interview process and selected by administrators and professionals from the State University of New York at Fredonia.  More specifically, all applications are screened by a representative faculty committee from SUNY Fredonia’s campus which then selects those that will move forward. This smaller group of applicants is then ranked by the Circle Member institutions to determine the top three. These final three are interviewed and the fellow is selected and announced by SUNY Fredonia administration. The Fellowship Administrator and a Liaison from the Fredonia College Foundation are ex-officio members of the screening committee and the benefactors may request to attend the final interview.                            

Full details are available on the submission web site.  Applications will be accepted now until March 28th, 2022.                                

For questions about eligibility, further details, or to schedule a short zoom consultation concerning the suitability of a project, please contact Fellowship Administrator Dr. Sarah Hamilton, Professor of Oboe, State University of New York at Fredonia: sarah.hamilton@fredonia.edu

Submit your Marion Fellowship Application

2019-2020 Marion Fellow

Teresa Booth Brown is an artist and teacher best known for her use of collage in oil painting, mixed-media drawings, and printmaking. Her collage materials come from a wide range of sources including fashion magazines, discarded teaching materials, and obsolete textbooks. Strong color, abstracted imagery, and architectural geometry distinguish her work. 

Teresa studied at Reed College, the Museum Art School, and Bennington College; and continues a teaching tradition which helps artists to identify and develop unique and individual directions in their own work. Her teaching focus also includes making art experiences and art-making activities which are accessible to everyone.

She is the Artist Programs Coordinator for the Aspen Art Museum, teaches at the Pitkin County Jail, and is summer faculty at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and La Napoule Art Foundation in the South of France. She was the interim Director of Painting, Drawing and Printmaking at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in 2017.

Teresa has been awarded residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Ucross Foundation, the American Academy in Rome, and  the Campo Artist Colony in Uruguay. She is the 2019-2020 recipient of the Marion International Fellowship.

For Teresa's blog, click here.

Marion International Fellowship Awards 

  • (2021- 22) - Sarah McKenzie, Architectural Artist, To See Inside: Understanding the People and Architecture of the US Prison System. 
  • (2021- 22) - The Marion Creativity Award awarded to Jamie Sampson, Neil Rolnick, and Paul Rucker. 
  • (2020- 21) - Finalists: Paul Rucker, Neil Rolnick, Jamie Sampson, and Sarah McKenzie.  Due to COVID, the Fellowship was not awarded this year. 
  • (2019- 20) - Theresa Booth Brown, Visual Artist: The Neo-Quietism Project
  • (2018-19) - Daniel Kellogg, Composer: Mao’s China
  • (2017-18) - Jessica Kahkoska and Preston Allen, Writers, Dramaturgs, & Performers: The Untitled Agent 355 Project
  • (2016-17)  - Juanita Rockwell, Playwright: Splitting Atoms with a Butterknife
  • (2015-16) - Lynn Neuman, Choreographer and Josh Davis, Composer (TOSS) and Eve Beglarian, Composer: Lighten Up
  • (2014-15) - Jason Dilworth, Graphic Designer: Listen Before Talking:  A Journey of 4,376 Km Across the North American Interior
  • (2013-14) - Liz Lee, Inaugural Marion Fellow, Photographer: Cosmological Process

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