The Brown Foundation Fellows Program of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, provides study or studio space, travel expenses and stipend to mid-career artists, writers and other professionals in the humanities.
The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at Dora Maar House is an international program for artists and other professionals in the arts and humanities to further their work. The program is based in Ménerbes, France, and is administered by the MFAH. The fellowships, funded by The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, offer outstanding mid-career professionals round-trip travel expenses, a workspace and stipend for a one- to three-month stay.
Katherine Howe, director of Rienzi at the MFAH, also serves as director of The Brown Foundation Fellows Program. Gwen Strauss, who is based in Ménerbes, is assistant director.
Dora Maar House
Fellows work and live in the historic former residence of photographer and artist Dora Maar, the one-time muse and mistress of Pablo Picasso. Picasso gave Maar the 18th-century stone house as a gift in 1944. The four-story home, which has recently been fully renovated and updated, is located in the heart of Ménerbes, a charming village in the south of France long known for attracting artists and writers. Ménerbes remains a vibrant home to an international community of painters, musicians, filmmakers, actors and others active in the arts and humanities.
Recent fellows have included art critic and painter Peter Plagens; poet Cleopatra Mathis; journalist and non-fiction writer Pamela Newkirk; novelist Kaui Hart Hemmings; and visual artists Jane South and Jon Kessler.
Applications for fellowship terms beginning July 1, 2014, or after and ending no later than November 30, 2014, must be submitted online on or before February 15, 2014. Please visit www.mfah.org/fellowships/doramaarhouse for requirements and additional information.