Illustrator and Visual Storyteller Fellowship 2023


In order to support talented artists and creators in developing books with Jewish content, PJ Library is excited to introduce the first international Illustrator and Visual Storyteller Fellowship. The fellowship will offer artists and illustrators the opportunity to create, connect, and explore together through a half-year, joint program with the National Library of Israel (NLI) in Jerusalem and the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) in Vermont. This hybrid virtual and in-person model will bring together a cohort of 14 artists for five days in Jerusalem (November 12-16, 2023) and five days in White River Junction, Vermont (June 3-7, 2024) at the Center for Cartoon Studies. The remainder of the year will be centered around online sessions that deepen and extend the in-person experience while illustrators work individually and collectively on projects of their choice and inspiration.

We are interested in applications from artists from diverse backgrounds and locations. We are looking for artists and illustrators who have an interest in developing their craft through the creative exploration of stories for children and families, inspired by Jewish history, culture, folklore, content, and contemporary narratives.

We are especially interested in artists who are open to a collaborative journey where creativity happens organically through individual work and through shared exchanges of ideas and experiences.

Before you apply, please familiarize yourself with both organizations and their catalogs here:

The National Library of Israel
The Center for Cartoon Studies