CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts

The Competition for the 2018-19 CINTAS Foundation Fellowship in Visual Arts is now OPEN! Deadline: June 1, 2018.


Visual Arts may include painting, sculpture, installation art, photography, video, and the media arts. Media arts encompasses narrative, non-narrative, documentary, animation, or experimental time-based works using audio, digital, film and/or video media; also included is computer art in which the computer is an essential element of the work's creation, presentation or understanding.

Artists may submit a maximum of 10 digital images. The panel will not consider work samples that exceed the maximum. Images submitted without a detailed image list will not be considered. Installation work may be accompanied by a DVD.

Sculpture and Installation Art

At least two views of each work must be included. Ten images of at least five different pieces should be included. A DVD of not more than three minutes of a sculpture in motion may be included only for work in which mechanical or kinetic motion is an integral aspect of the work. 


Photographers may submit a maximum of 10 images. 


The film category is open to films and visual experiences of a radical and/or experimental nature, either narrative, non-narrative or documentary. Candidates may submit one or two work samples, either completed feature length films or short films and/or works in progress. Recent work is preferable. Commercial work (i.e., work-for-hire) and work over which the applicant did not have creative control are not eligible for consideration. On the Work Sample Form, please specify clearly the candidate’s specific contributions to the work (e.g. director, producer, writer, etc.). Applicants must submit two copies of each film. Only DVD format is acceptable. 

Media Arts

A maximum of two work samples, no longer than six minutes each, may be submitted, in addition to the complete works. Only CD and DVD formats are acceptable. Please indicate the full running time of each piece submitted on the Work Sample Form.

Since 1963, the CINTAS Foundation has awarded over 185 fellowships in the visual arts. In addition to supporting Cuban artists, many early in their careers, the CINTAS Foundation also maintains a growing collection of works by past awardees and other esteemed Cuban artists. For the purpose of historical value and documentation, award recipients are encouraged to submit art work (i.e., representative samples of their work) to be added to the CINTAS Fellows Collection after the grant period. 

Application Guidelines - Visual Arts

Eligibility: Creative artists of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Applicants engaged in research, students, or performing artists are not eligible to apply for CINTAS Fellowships.

All forms can be filled out online and saved to a cd, dvd or flash drive for submission. Please also print and sign copies of the application forms and include with your application package.


The original application must be submitted. The application may be completed in English or Spanish. Please complete all sections of the application.

Artist's and Project Statements

Prepare two narrative statements: The Artist's Statement describes your personal history, your development as an artist, and your plans for the future. The Project Statement describes the project or activity that you would undertake if awarded a CINTAS Fellowship. Please include a timeline for the project, and identify other sources, where appropriate, of funding for the project.

Letters of Recommendation

Candidates must submit two letters of recommendation with the application. Letters may be submitted separately, if necessary, but must be received by the application deadline. Each letter of recommendation must be submitted in a sealed envelope, with the recommender's signature across the seal. Letters of recommendation must be written in English or Spanish.

Submission of Work Samples

All materials should be submitted to the CINTAS Fellowship Selection Program. All work samples must be in digital format. Candidates are urged to ship portfolios by express mail. Acceptable formats are DVDs and CDs accompanied by a corresponding image list. Materials must be accompanied by the Work Sample Form. Pieces should be carefully itemized on this form. Limit the submission to 10 samples. 

Send material to:

Laurie Escobar
CINTAS Administrator
MDC Museum of Art + Design
Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College
600 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, Florida  33132

Tel: 305-237-7901
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Download PDFs

The CINTAS Application Form
The CINTAS Letters of Recommendation Form
The CINTAS Work Sample Form

NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: The award is considered taxable income under US tax law and the Foundation will withhold appropriate US taxes. Fellows who are not U.S. citizens and who are living abroad must provide a U.S. taxpayer identification number when they accept the fellowship to receive payment. The address for the IRS website:, at which the form is readily available.

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