Saint-Gaudens Fellowship

The Saint-Gaudens Fellowship was created in 1978 as an annual award presented to an emerging artist practicing primarily in the United States. The Fellowship is awarded to those with an exhibition record that demonstrates exceptional talent, but who are not yet firmly established and may benefit from further recognition and financial assistance. A committee of trustees and artist advisors, including past Fellows, nominate and selects artists every spring.

Fellowship benefits

In addition to receiving a monetary grant, Fellows exhibit their work during the following year at the Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, New Hampshire. The Fellows’ exhibitions are meant to reflect the ideals of Saint-Gaudens, who was an innovative sculptor and a mentor to emerging artists, and to enhance public interest in his life, work, and the creative process.


“Receiving the Saint-Gaudens Fellowship felt transformative. This windfall of support was helpful in immediate and pragmatic ways. Along with that came something beyond practical. I experienced an unexpected, and at first almost unconscious, sense of freedom. This feeling was like magic. After a site visit to the park, my work rapidly started to shift and open up. Ideas that had been percolating for a long time came pouring out, leading to an incredibly productive and exciting working period. This was, and continues to be, a true joy.”
–Jennifer Paige Cohen,
2019 Saint-Gaudens Fellow

Katie Bell, 2016 Fellow. Line of Play, 2020. Laminate, acrylic, wood, aluminum, rubber, drywall, solid surface, plexiglass, cue balls

2021 Fellow

Courtney M. Leonard

Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock, b. 1980) is an artist and filmmaker whose ongoing project BREACH incorporates installations and video work reflecting upon, documenting, and investigating Indigenous communities’ historical ties to water and marine life. Leonard’s work is in the permanent collections of the United States Art In Embassies Program, the Heard Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Newark Museum, the Mystic Seaport Museum, the Hood Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Leonard has received numerous awards, fellowships, and residencies, including those from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Rasmuson Foundation, the United States Art In Embassies Program, and the Native Arts and Culture Foundation.