Open Call

Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson Residency for African American Artists

Greater Columbus Arts Council

With Funding
Columbus, United States


Applicants to the Aminah Residency must: •Identify as African American; •Be a permanent resident of the United States; •Be a professional visual artist (age 18 and older); Definition: individuals who devote a significant portion of their time to the creation of personal artwork. The professional artist likely sells their artwork or shares their independent body of work with the public on a regular basis. Individuals working in a creative industry primarily producing commercial work are not eligible. •Produce work in any of the following visual arts media: painting, 3D and 2D, wood carving, sculpture and fiber – with a focus on found objects, natural and synthetic materials •Produce works deeply rooted in storytelling, cultural traditions and heritage; •Are NOT enrolled as degree-seeking undergraduate students. Collaborative applications are NOT accepted. Each artist must apply individually.

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


August 18, 2020 - November 16, 2020


  • $5,500.00 travel budget
  • $2,500.00 stipend (one-time)


  • $15.00 application fee




No meals

Public Programs

Community Engagement


Fiber Arts, Painting, Sculpture



Program Description

The Greater Columbus Arts Council, in partnership with the Columbus Museum of Art, offers a 90-day artist residency for a U.S.-based professional African American visual artist. The 2020 residency will include a $2,500 unrestricted cash award, a $5,500 stipend and the honor of staying and working in the Robinson home/studio in Columbus, OH. MacArthur Fellow Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson’s diverse body of work often incorporates found objects- both natural and machine-made such as twigs, leather, buttons, fabrics, and music boxes. She used "hogmawg," a sculptural mixture she made from mud, grease, leaves, dyes, and glue in both two- and three-dimensional work. Her work is all about building bridges and making connections between the past and the present, America and Africa, and the physical world and the world of spirits. She created art in order to pass these stories on to future generations in the spirit of Sankofa—the African concept of knowing one’s past in order to go forward.

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