The Center is thrilled to announce the first annual Denis Roussel Fellow, Mariana Vieira. Vieira is a dedicated visual artist with degrees from MFA Media Arts, the University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO, and BFA Photography Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA Summa Cum Laude. Look for more information on Mariana and the fellowship when the nine-month fellowship begins in January of 2019.




The Center for Fine Art Photography has created a fellowship to honor the memory of artist Denis Roussel. This annual fellowship will be specially designed to address the needs of each chosen fellow. A group of mentors and a variety of resources are available to help the fellow reach the next level of their careers. There is also a fellowship stipend of $1,000 to be used in pursuit of the goals set by the fellow and the mentor team.


Timeline for 2019 fellowship Application:

Applications available June 14, 2019

Applications Due August 31, 2019

Fellowship Awarded  September 30, 2019

Fellowship period: January – September 2020



This fellowship will focus on professional development for artists in the Southwest region (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah) of the USA. Career development can be everything from assistance with obtaining a studio for the fellowship period, making connections and preparing for next steps, printing works for an exhibition, or the opportunity to publish an artist book. These are just a few of the options that can be the focus of the fellowship.

The ideal candidate for the Denis Roussel Fellowship is a dedicated photo based artist with a compelling body of work that has specific needs to reach the next level of their art practice. The DRF is open to all photo-based artists 18 years old and older. The Center does not discriminate and we encourage artists from traditionally underrepresented groups to submit.


A complete application will include all of the following:

1. Complete the Fellowship online application available at the link below and submit your cover letter, supporting documents and essay at the same time.


2. Cover Letter

Submit a cover letter, video, or creative format that states the reason for your submission and includes an introduction that clearly defines who you are as an artist. Please include your most notable qualifications, experiences, credentials, skills, and achievements. Also, highlight your artistic dreams and needs and how you see this fellowship making a difference in your life. (1 page maximum)


3. Essay

Submit a written essay or other format (video, etc.) that allows you to express the history of your artwork and why you should be the selected fellow.  (3 pages or 5 minutes maximum)


4. Work Samples

Submit 10 – 20 work samples



Please contact the Center with any questions (970) 224-1010 or email


Candidates that are selected for the second round of application review will be asked for three references.


The family and friends of Denis Roussel have made this fellowship financially possible. We thank them for their generosity and foresight.


*Funds may be used to for a variety of activities, including but not limited to the creation and/or presentation of new work, travel for purposes of artistic research or presentation, the purchase of equipment necessary to create new work, rental of workspace, the development of new artistic skills, professional technical assistance.