Application Guidelines


NxtHvn welcomes submissions until May 15, 2018 through Submittable. All applications to the NxtHvn Fellowship must be submitted by the deadline, after which the online application form will be inaccessible.


Applicants must be 21 by the beginning of the fellowship year. Artists and curators may not be enrolled in an academic program during the fellowship year.


Applicants are not required to hold an art degree or to have received formal training. 


Applicants may be based in the US or internationally. However, NxtHvn  is unable to cover travel and/or visa fees for internationally-based applicants at this time.



We require a non-refundable application fee per application, submitted through the online application form. Once you have completed and submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email that will direct you to a link to pay the application fee. This fee must be paid at the time of submission as you will lose access to the payment page once the application is closed.

If you are financially unable to pay the application fee, please contact us at



Applicants will be notified of the results via email by June 1, 2018. Please ensure the email address provided on the application form is active.



Applicants must submit their application through Submittable, our online application form. Please review the application requirements listed below before beginning your application. All information submitted on the application form must be in English.

Applicants to the Studio Fellowship Program are required to submit:

  1. A one-page letter of intent

  2. An updated resume or CV

  3. A 300-word artist statement* 

  4. 8-10 jpegs of recent work. Artists working with film/video/sound, can submit up to three, 4min clips of recent work, or a combination of 6 jpegs and one, 2min a/v clip.

  5. A $35 non-refundable application fee


*A 1- 2-minute maximum video of the artist’s statement is also acceptable, in place of a written statement

Applicants to the Curatorial Fellowship Program are required to submit:

  1. A one-page letter of intent

  2. An updated resume or CV

  3. A 300-word exhibition idea

  4. A preliminary budget**

  5. A $35 non-refundable application fee

**The preliminary budget is subject to change, and should include line items for artist/loan fees, shipping, fabrication/printing, framing and equipment (if applicable).



A panel consisting of six prominent curators, museum professionals, collectors and artists from NxtHvn’s network will make the admissions selections based on an applicant’s ability to clearly express innovative ideas in the application, rather than on the applicant’s prior exhibition experience or resume. Incomplete applications will not be considered.



NxtHvn encourages and welcomes applicants of all backgrounds to apply for the fellowships. We do not discriminate based on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, marital status, or nation of origin in our admission policies.