Image Credit: Denis Roussel


Denis Roussel Annual Fellowship 2021

This fellowship honors the memory of artist Denis Roussel who inspired many to take risks in their work, step outside the boundaries of traditional images, and realize the magic of photography.
This Fellowship is tailored to help support the selected artist to reach the next level in their artistic path and explore possibilities to address specific needs. A group of mentors and a variety of resources will be available to help the recipient set clear goals as they proceed. In addition, a fellowship stipend of $1,500 is awarded to achieve these goals.

Eligibility for 2021 |  Apply by September 1, 2020

We encourage artists from underrepresented groups to submit. There is no cost to enter. The DRF is open to all photo-based artists at least 18 years old in the USA.


This fellowship focuses on artistic development and can be used for any of the following (or more):

  • assistance to obtain a studio for the fellowship period
  • create a residency to make new work
  • internship/mentorship with a noteworthy photographer or expert for the project
  • print works for an exhibition
  • publish an artist book
  • creation and/or presentation of new work
  • travel for purposes of artistic research or presentation
  • purchase of equipment necessary to create new work
  • the development of new artistic skills
  • professional technical assistance

The ideal candidate for the Denis Roussel Fellowship is a dedicated photo-based artist with a compelling body of work. Proposed projects can be in progress.


To Apply:

  1. Complete Online Application
  2. Essay
    • Submit a written essay, video, or other creative format that states your desire for the fellowship and includes an introduction that clearly defines who you are as an artist. Include what you are most proud of as an artist, your most notable qualifications, experiences, credentials, skills, and achievements. Also, highlight your artistic dreams and needs. Describe how this fellowship can make a difference in your life,
    • and why you should be the selected fellow. (3 pages or 5 minutes maximum)
  3. Work Samples
    • Submit 10 – 20 work samples

2020 Denis Roussel Fellowship Artist | Andre Ramos-Woodard

About Andre Ramos-Woodard
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Andre Ramos-Woodard is a contemporary artist whose works evoke feelings of dreams and surrealistic narrative. Primarily working with photo-based manipulation and drawing, he conveys ideas of communal and personal identity through internal conflicts. Ramos-Woodard is influenced by personal experiences he went through while discovering his own identity – he is queer and African-American, both of which are well-known targets for discrimination. He uses his art to accent the ideas of separation between him and the viewer, specifically those that may not resonate with the ideas of the Other or problems within minority groups in contemporary culture. Ramos-Woodard received his BFA from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and is currently pursuing his MFA at The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


  • Fellowship Awarded  November 5, 2019
  • Fellowship period: January – December 2020


2019 Denis Roussel Fellowship Artist

Mariana Vieira, was awarded the first Denis Roussel Fellowship at the Center for Fine Art Photography. Vieira is a dedicated visual artist with an MFA in Media Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BFA in Photography from Georgia Southern University. Visit Mariana’s website, to learn more about her work.



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


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