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Last Updated: April 19, 2021


Interchange Artist Grant

  • Interchange is a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance made possible with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Interchange is designed to strengthen communities and individual artists within our region by supporting artist-led projects focused on social impact.
  • Interchange grants will be awarded to sixteen artists with an active socially-engaged creative practice in the Mid-America Arts Alliance region through:
    • $20,000 in direct project support
    • Professional development retreats with Interchange grantees
    • Mentoring
  • You are eligible to apply if you:​
    • Are an artist with an active socially-engaged creative practice.
    • Are a resident in the Mid-America Arts Alliance region (Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas).
    • Are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have non-resident status.
    • Are at least 18 years old at the time of application.
    • Are part of an artist collaborative as long as you are the principal artist who applies for and receives the grant funds.
    • Can confirm you are able to attend two grantee retreats?
  • Artists working in and across a range of disciplines may apply. Priority will be given for projects that include performing and/or traditional arts. You will be asked to identify all the disciplines that apply to the project you are proposing.
  • Application Deadline: July 5, 2021

The Creative Equity Fund

  • The Creative Equity Fund is taking a targeted approach to address these funding disparities and piloting a new strategy to create a cohort of Black and Indigenous-led organizations based in King County that funders can support and learn from over the next two years. For 2021-2022, Creative Equity Fund will direct a total of $600,000 to support community-based organizations in King County using arts and culture to advance their work toward racial justice. The application process opens on April 5, 2021 and closes on May 3, 2021. A cross-sector group of Black and Indigenous community members in the region will serve on the grants review panel and determine all funding recommendations. Funders do not make grant decisions in an intentional effort to model giving up power to communities most impacted by the structural disparities we seek to address.
  • The Creative Equity Fund aims to direct a total of $600,000 over the next two years to support both arts and cultural groups and other community-based organizations located within King County that are by, for, and about people of color and which use arts- and culture-based strategies to work toward racial justice. This current round of funding will focus on supporting organizations most directly impacted by structural racism and colonization—those that are led by Black and Indigenous people.
  • Application Deadline: May 3rd 2021 at 5PM


Regdale Fellowships

  • Located in the former country estate of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, Ragdale is a nonprofit artists community. Nearly two hundred residencies and fellowships are offered annually to creative professionals of all types, making Ragdale one of the largest interdisciplinary communities in the country. During each residency session, thirteen artists-in-residence enjoy uninterrupted time for work, a supportive environment, dynamic arts exchanges, fifty acres of idyllic prairie, and a family-style dinner each evening.
  • Ragdale has posted numerous upcoming fellowship opportunities:
  • Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship — An 18- or 25-day residency and a $500 stipend will be awarded to a writer who is working on a project designed to bring awareness to a contemporary issue having to do with peace, social justice, education, or the environment. Projects may be nonfiction or fiction (including journalism, essays, memoir, scriptwriting, creative nonfiction). Academic writing is not eligible.
  • Riedel Fellowship — An 18- or 25-day residency and $500 stipend will be awarded to an emerging Vietnamese visual artist or writer. The winner will be the subject of a brief video documentary/interview and have the opportunity to present as part of public program.
  • Schumann Fellowship — An 18- or 25-day residency and $500 stipend will be awarded to one emerging Latinx visual artist. The winner will be the subject of a brief video documentary/interview and have the opportunity to present as part of a public program.
  • Sybil Shearer Fellowship — An 18- or 25-day residency along with a $500 stipend will be awarded to an emerging or established individual choreographer and/or dance artist. The winner will be the subject of a brief video documentary/interview and have the opportunity to present as part of a public program. The residency may be awarded to a collaborative duo if they share a live/work studio.
  • Frances Shaw Fellowship — An 18- or 25-day fee-waived residency along with a $500 stipend will be awarded to a female writer over the age of 50 to participate in the Ragdale In Schools educational outreach program.
  • Traeger Fellowship — An 18- or 25-day fee-waived residency along with a $500 stipend will be awarded to a musician, composer, or music scholar. The winner will be the subject of a brief video documentary/interview and have the opportunity to present as part of a public program. The residency may be awarded to a collaborative duo if they share a live/work studio. When possible, the fellowship will prioritize artists whose practices are rooted in and/or a response to traditions associated with guitar and/or similar stringed instruments.
  • The Prairie Fellowship — An 18- or 25-day fee- waived residency along with a $500 stipend will be awarded to an artist living with a disability and/or has accessibility needs to participate in the Ragdale In Schools educational outreach program.
  • Sylvia Clare Brown Fellow — An 18- or 25- day fee-waived residency along with a $500 stipend will be awarded to a first-time resident, preferably a writer, with financial need.
  • Application Deadlines: May 15, 2021


The Leeway Transformation Award (LTA)

  • The Leeway Transformation Award (LTA) provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work.​
  • The award is unrestricted (it is not project-based) and open to artists and cultural producers working in any medium, including traditional and nontraditional as well as multimedia and experimental forms.
  • We encourage you to apply if you are a woman, trans*, and/or gender nonconforming artist who:
    • Creates art for social change that impacts a larger group, audience, or community.
    • Has been creating art for social change for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to this work.
    • Has financial need and limited or no access to other financial resources.
      Has lived for the past two or more years in greater Philadelphia: Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County.

  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Artwork Archive's Art Business Accelerator Grant

  • Open to both emerging and established artists, the Art Business Accelerator distributes unrestricted funds to invest in your art business, as well as six weeks of self-guided online educational resources that increase business skills, economic proficiency, marketing knowledge, and more.
  • Recipients receive funding and expert guidance in order to make the growth process easier, to gain confidence, and establish a solid business foundation for their art practice.
  • Grant recipients will receive grant funding, a lifetime account to Artwork Archive, and one-on-one access to expert career guidance.
  • Grant Amount: 10 unrestricted cash grants of $2,500 each.
    • A lifetime Master Account with Artwork Archive (valued at $1,000).
    • Educational resources/expert guidance.
    • All applicants will receive the career-building educational resources designed to drive career development.
  • Application Deadline: May 14, 2021 at 11:59 PM (MST)

Provincetown Art Association and Museum - Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant

  • The Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Grant is awarded annually to under-recognized American painters over the age of 45 who demonstrate financial need. The mission of this grant is to promote public awareness of and a commitment to American art, and to encourage interest in artists who lack adequate recognition.
  • Recipients are selected by a diverse group of jurors—artists, curators, professors, writers—based on the strength of the materials submitted in this application as well as the perceived adherence to the spirit of the grant: to assist under recognized artists. Awards include a cash grant, ranging from $5,000 to $30,000 and an exhibition at PAAM.
  • Eligibility
    • You are 45-years old or older.
    • You are a painter. For the purposes of this grant, painting is considered the application of various media (oil, acrylic, gouache, ink, tempera, watercolor, egg tempera, casein, enamel) on paper, canvas, fabric, or wood. This includes fresco. This excludes mixed media, encaustic, collage, dry pastels, chalk, digital paintings, prints, and work in graphite or drawings. The use of multiple paint mediums is allowed (ie mixing acrylics with oil paints). Do not submit images in ANY of these excluded mediums as they will not be reviewed. Only paintings will be considered.
    • You are American. You must be either a citizen of the United States or have permanent residency in the United States, though you can be presently living abroad.
    • A need for financial support must be clear and demonstrated.
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 5pm EST

The Nicholson Project’s Artist Residency Program

  • The Nicholson Project’s Artist Residency Program explores the positive roles that art and design can play in strengthening the community. Our Residency Program provides the time, space and support needed for artists to work on their studio practice and produce onsite activations. We welcome residents from all creative practices. Residents are paid $2000.00/mo and stay for free at 2310 Nicholson St. Residencies are for 3 months.
  • We welcome emerging, mid-career and established visual artists & designers, but also makers, chefs, gardeners, architects, engineers, and scientists too! Just let us know what you’re into and why Nicholson is a fit. Local and national creatives are encouraged to apply. Although our residencies are open to all artists, our focus is on BIPOC artists and those who live or have ties to Southeast Washington, DC.
  • As part of your acceptance, you will receive the following:​
    • $2,000 monthly stipend
    • Time and space to create
    • Private access to the Residency Suite that includes an artist studio and apartment with a fully furnished bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom 
    • Curatorial support/consultation with our Managing Director and Curator
    • Introductions to and consultations with arts experts and other experts you would like to meet for research related to your practice
    • Up to $3,000 for materials, supplies, and fees for an onsite exhibition or community program activation
    • Promotional support (press releases for residency, social media promotion, and other support)
    • Professional documentation of your work at The Nicholson Project and artist portraits/headshots
  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2021 11:59PM EST.

Fire Island Artist Residency 

  • Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), the first residency in the United States exclusively for artists identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer, is now accepting applications for its prestigious and internationally recognized summer program. Now in its seventh season in the secluded community of Cherry Grove, NY, an historic LGBTQ settlement of Fire Island, five emerging artists will share a live/work space for a four-week program marked by intimate studio visits with, and public lectures by, renowned leaders in contemporary art and curation.
  • Residency dates are July 9th - August 6th, 2021
  • Application Deadline: April 2nd, EST

Real Art Awards

  • Emerging artists are invited to submit their work for consideration for The Real Art Awards at Real Art Ways. Jurors will consider the quality of the artist’s work, the innovation evidenced by submitted work, the potential impact of the exhibition on the artist’s career and the economic and physical feasibility of the exhibition. Artists should submit work made within the last 3 years. Artists working in all media are welcome.
  • In addition to a $2,500 prize, six artists will receive a solo exhibit at Real Art Ways, an exhibition publication with essay, curatorial assistance, and the opportunity for an artist talk.
  • Eligibility: Emerging artists living and working in New England, New York or New Jersey are eligible to apply to this call. We encourage any self-identified emerging artists that can make a compelling case to be considered as emerging to apply; the jury will determine their competitiveness based on review criteria. Artists should not be enrolled in a degree program during the time of exhibition. For more information, check our Frequently Asked Questions document.
  • ​Application Deadline: March 31, 11:59 EDT, 2021

FY 2021 Mural DC: Graffiti and Aerosol Mural Artists

  • The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH), in partnership with the DC Department of Public Works (DPW), seeks graffiti and aerosol mural artists and artist teams to design, create and install aerosol murals as part of the MuralsDC program. Selected artists will be expected to engage in a guided component of the program with designated youth (ages 14-18) to help them understand the art of aerosol graffiti mural painting and provide youth with opportunities to assist in activities such as site preparation and mural outlining.
  • Applicants may submit one (1) MuralsDC qualification application per fiscal year. Multiple awards may be made under this RFQ. Award amounts vary from $2,500 - $20,000.
  • Submission Deadline: Friday, April 23, 2021, 11:59P

Bethany Arts Community Fall 2021 Residency Application 

  • Bethany Arts Community offers residencies to emerging and established artists for the development of both new works and works in progress. BAC welcomes artists working across most disciplines, including visual artists in any medium, writers, playwrights, choreographers, musicians, composers, performance artists, filmmakers, and lighting, projection, costume and sound designers. Enjoy an environment where artists from different disciplines can work near each other, creating opportunities for cross-pollination.
  • Artists may apply for residencies of 12 days between September 21 and October 23.
  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST
  • Notifications: May 24, 2021

Artist Relief

  • Artist Relief is resuming from March 8 to June 23
  • Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and work with the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers, designed by Americans for the Arts, to better identify and address the needs of artists.
  • To be eligible, you must be able to answer ”Yes“ to the prompts listed below. Please note that the Artist Relief coalition partners will make final eligibility determinations as needed.
    • I am a practicing artist able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my work, career, and a public audience
    • I have not previously been awarded a relief grant from this fund
    • I am not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of any of the coalition partners;
    • I have been living and working in the U.S. for the last two years;
    • I am 18 years of age or older;I can provide a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) after I’ve been notified of my selection;
    • I am experiencing dire financial emergencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Application Deadlines
    • Cycle X: March 8 - March 31 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle XI: April 1 - April 30 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle XII: May 1 - May 31 (closes 11:59pm ET)
    • Cycle XIII: June 1 - June 23 (closes 11: 59pm ET) 

MacDowell Fellowship

  • MacDowell provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks. There are no residency fees.
  • MacDowell Fellows are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline who serve anonymously for three years.
  • Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Harpo Foundation 2021 New Work Project Grants

  • Awards are made to non-profit organizations in support of new work by under recognized artists 21 years or older.
  • To apply, a $15 application fee is required. Fees are applied to grant administration and program development.
    • Applicants apply through a 2-step process:
    • Step One: Submit a Letter-of-Inquiry online.  The deadline to submit a Letter-of-Inquiry for the 2021 grant cycle is April 23, 2021. The online application is available here.
    • Step Two: Applicants who advance to step two will be invited to submit a full proposal by June 18, 2021.
  • Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field.
  • The foundation considers proposals that directly support the production of new work by visual artists and/or collaborative teams who are under-recognized by the field. This production may happen in the context of an installation, public intervention, residency, or exhibition.
  • LOI Deadline: April 23, 2021

Franklin Furnace Fund

  • The Franklin Furnace Fund awards grants annually to early career artists to enable them to produce major performance art works in New York. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the peer review panel allocation of funding received by Franklin Furnace.
  • Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply; however, artists selected by the panel are expected to present their work in New York City. Full-time students are ineligible.
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2021

Creative Capital Awards Open Application

  • Creative Capital helps visionary artists in all disciplines build thriving careers, and every year we review applications from artists ready to take the next step in their creative practices. The selected artists receive the Creative Capital Award, which includes up to $50,000 in funding for bold new projects, as well as a wide range of counsel, career development, and networking opportunities to make their work come to life.
  • Artists can submit their project ideas through a free application. This application helps us identify a selection of artists working at the forefront of their fields. It’s designed to provoke deep thought about project ideas to determine intention, impact, timeliness, and capacity.
  • Application Deadline: March 8, 2021 at 4PM ET

Asymmetry Art Foundation: Curatorial Fellowship 2021

  • The Curatorial Fellowship is a 6-month placement (September 2021 - March 2022) within the Exhibition department of London’s Whitechapel Gallery, geared towards a mid-career curator who is a national of Mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. 
  • The Fellow will also be situated within Delfina Foundation’s renowned residency programme, which will offer further professional opportunities as well as accommodation.
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

Residency Unlimited Artist Residency Program

  • Residency Unlimited is pleased to announce an Open Call for the 2021 NYC-Based Artist Residency Program.
  • Residency Unlimited (RU) invites visual artists who identify as Black to apply for a three-month residency from April 5 - July 2, 2021. RU welcomes applications from NYC-based visual artists who work across media and whose practices are research-based and geared towards filling in gaps in historical knowledge. Four artists will be selected from applications reviewed by a jury of arts professionals together with RU staff.
  • Deadline: March 1, 11:59 pm EST
    Notifications: March 15
    Residency Dates: April 5 - July 2, 2021

CUE Open Call

  • CUE’s Open Calls provide artists and emerging curators the opportunity and necessary resources to realize an exhibition at CUE’s storefront gallery in East Chelsea, New York.
  • Solo Exhibition Open Call: Open to emerging and under-recognized artists, selected artists will receive a $5,00 honorarium, an accompanying exhibition catalogue, and mentor support from an established artist or curator on the selection panel
  • Eligibility: Must not have had a solo show in a commercial NYC gallery within the last five years; NOT have current, consistent commercial gallery representation in the US, and NOT currently enrolled in a degree program
  • Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

Locust Projects: Wavemaker Grants

  • Each year, WaveMaker incubator grants at Locust Projects awards a total of $60,000 in grant funding to artists, curators, and collectives across Miami-Dade County in the following three categories: New Work / Projects, Long-Haul Projects, and Research & Development + Implementation. 
  • Submissions for WaveMaker Incubator Grants Cycle 8 are open now until April 2, learn more and join the next info sessions on February 23 and March 30 to get all of your questions answered - more details on info sessions coming soon
  • Application Deadline: April 2, 2021

The RAiR Foundation | Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program

  • Well known by visual artists as the "Gift of Time", the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1967 to provide gifted studio based visual artists with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a whole year. This "gift of time" allows artists to work without distraction in an effort to break new ground and focus on individual goals. The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program’s interest is in strengthening the vitality of the visual art in New Mexico and has been a catalyst in broadening community understanding of contemporary art for over fifty years.
  • In residence grants are offered to all professional visual artists 21 years of age or older, involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, photography, installation and other fine art media. Grants are not made in the disciplines of performance art or production crafts.
  • The studios are large, open spaces that measure approximately 30 'x 25 'x 10'. These areas are well-lighted and convertible to the artist's requirements. Artists are housed in a complex of six houses and 10 studios located on fifty acres of land.
  • A stipend of $1100 per month is offered along with $100 for a spouse/partner and each child living with the grantee. An additional $100 stipend for each child ($200 total per child) is currently offered through a matching grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
  • Application Deadline: MARCH 15, 2021 AT 5PM MOUNTAIN TIME

Actos de Confianza: Relief Grants | Covid-19 Relief Grants for Latinx Artists

  • In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute partners, the 2021 Actos de Confianza relief effort will expand to support Latinx artists and arts organizations who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. NALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies. Open calls organized by geographic region will take place between January and May 2021.
  • Cycle 1 – Mid-America 
    • Call Opens: January 13, 2021 
    • Deadline to Apply: January 27, 2021 (closes 11:59PM CT)  
    • Applicants need to reside in one of the following states or territories: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming
  • Cycle 2 – Eastern US + Puerto Rico 
    • Call Opens: March 3rd, 2021 
    • Deadline to Apply: March 17, 2021 (closes 11:59PM CT) 
    • Applicants need to reside in one of the following states or territories: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico 
  • Cycle 3 – Western US
    • Call Opens: April 28, 2021 
    • Deadline to Apply: May 12, 2021 (closes 11:59PM CT)  
    • Applicants need to reside in one of the following states or territories: Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington

Ucross Foundation 2021 Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists

  • The foundation currently is accepting applications for its 2021 Fellowship for Native American Visual Artists. Lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends. Towels and all linens are provided, as is weekly housekeeping for bedrooms. There is cell phone service and wireless Internet throughout the residency facilities. Residents are responsible for providing their own working materials and for their travel to Sheridan, Wyoming.
  • Application Deadline March 1, 2021

Maryland Humanities | Grant Program

  • Programs can take many forms, including lectures, new media projects, reading and discussion programs, seminars, interpretive exhibits, local and living histories, spoken word programs, and interpreting oral histories.
  • The humanities include the study and interpretation of history, literature (including novels, poetry, drama, and other forms of written expression, both modern and classical), philosophy, ethics, jurisprudence, comparative religion, archaeology, cultural anthropology, and the interpretation (not the creation) of the arts.  These humanities disciplines are tools that can help us to explore what makes us human, connect us with others, and discover meaning and richness in our lives and for our communities
  • Letters of Intent Due: March 1*
  • Grant Proposals Due: April 15*

Houstan Center for Contemporary Craft

  • HCCC is inviting applications for its Artist Residency Program. The program supports emerging, mid-career, and established artists working in clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, and mixed media. Through the residency, museum visitors have the unique opportunity to visit the artists’ studios and watch the artists at work; in turn, artists receive a unique opportunity to gain exposure, make connections with the community in Houston, and help educate the public about craft. Up to ten residencies — which include a 200-square-foot studio, a $1,000 monthly stipend and a small, quarterly housing/materials allowance — will be awarded. (Studios are equipped with sinks, telephones, and wireless Internet access.) 
  • The application for the 2021-2022 artist residency cycle is open January 1 – March 1, 2021.

Oregon Community Foundation | Creative Heights

  • The initiative aims to increase Oregon’s cultural visibility and vitality while also supporting unique opportunities for Oregonians to experience innovative arts and culture.
  • Creative Heights grants are for the creation and/or presentation of new and innovative performances, exhibitions, programs, and other works of art and culture. Up to $1 million in projects will be funded annually with grants from $10,000 to $100,000 per project.
  • Interested applicants must submit a brief LOI via our online system. You may answer the LOI narrative questions in writing or in a 2-3 minute video (upload). LOIs should describe the proposed project idea, the lead artists/curators/collaborators involved, and how the project idea is distinct or different from previous work.
  • Deadline: February 16, 2021 (Letters of Inquiry)

Leeway Foundation | Art and Change Grant

  • The Art and Change Grant (ACG) provides grants of up to $2,500 to fund art for social change projects by women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in Greater Philadelphia.
  • ​The grant is project-based and open to artists and cultural producers working in any medium, including traditional and nontraditional as well as multimedia and experimental forms.
  • We encourage you to apply if you are a woman, trans*, and/or or gender nonconforming artist who:
    • Has an art for social change project or opportunity that impacts a larger group, audience, or community.
    • Has financial need and limited or no access to other financial resources.
    • Has a project supported by or in collaboration with a Change Partner (a person, organization, or business that is a part of the project in some way).
    • Lives in Greater Philadelphia: Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County
  • Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

The Juneau Community Foundation

  • Nurturing a dynamic arts culture in southeastern Alaska is a foundation priority being pursued through development of an Arts Vibrancy Endowment. The grant program is dedicated to the development of local artists pursuing the creation of original works and fostering a process through which they can realize their creative vision. All art forms and idioms, including but not limited to visual arts, dance, music, fabric arts, photography, theater, and literary arts, are eligible for funding. The total amount available in this round is $10,000, with a maximum award amount of $2,500.
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2021

National Cherry Blossom Festival  | Call for Artists - Art in Bloom Project

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival (NCBF) invites you to be among the select group of artists that will make giant blossom sculptures flourish across Washington, DC this Spring.
  • Art in Bloom is a unique and exciting project wishing to reveal the whimsical and imaginative sides of the Festival and our Nation’s Capital. NCBF has “cultivated” 25 cherry blossom sculptures and is seeking local and national artists to submit creative designs for these icons.
  • The sculptures will be installed from March 20th, and will be on display at least until the end of April 2021. The exhibition will culminate with a Blossom Auction with proceeds from sculpture sales supporting NCBF programs and community initiatives.
  • Selected artists will be awarded a $1,000 honorarium.
  • Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Public Art on Trails & Paths: Open Call

  • Alexandria’s Public Art Program is inviting artists from Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia to create original, temporary artworks for installation along key stretches of its off-street trail network.
  • The goal is to provide a sense of respite, discovery and fun during the dark, cold winter months for the hundreds of people who use these trails every day. Artworks should be easily installed and removed, and should consider highlighting phenomena such as ambient light and shadows, color and sound, breezes and other sensory aspects
    of the trail environments.
  • The program will commission up to three artists to create installations. Each artist will be provided with a budget of up to $5,000 to design, fabricate, install and deinstall their artworks.
  • Artists will be selected during the week of January 11 and will have until March 5 to design, fabricate and install their artworks. The Public Art Program will provide technical support in obtaining site permissions and in the development of design and fabrication approaches.
  • This project is open to artists who live in Virginia, Maryland or Washington D.C. and who work in any medium appropriate to the site. Artists need not have completed traditional public art commissions to qualify.
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2021


The Monmouth Museum: New Jersey Emerging Artists-2021-2020

  • The focus of the upcoming Emerging Artists Series will be representing the underrepresented in the arts, as it applies to all fields and disciplines. We look to thoughtfully engage a broad group of emerging artists and prioritize diversity in all areas, including gender, age, background, socioeconomic level, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and the special needs community. The focus is to encourage the artistic expression of those artists underrepresented in the art world, at their point of emerging in their next career level as an artist. By creating a platform and providing a voice to these diverse perspectives, the exhibits and their workshops can provide an inclusive and interactive space for artistic exploration and support a collaborative environment for attendees. 
  • Eligibility: This exhibition opportunity is open to any artist who is a full-time resident of New Jersey, at least 18 years of age, and has not had a solo exhibition at an AAM Accredited Museum. If selected, proof of New Jersey residency is required. 
  • Deadline: The ability to submit will end Friday, March 5th, 2021 at Midnight EST
  • Visit link for submission guidelines!


  • Il Varco invites you to join the second edition of the Passepartout Photography Prize, a photography contest born to promote and widen the exposure of emerging photographers.
  • ​Our mission is to be your “Passe-partout” – which means a master key and also a framing method to enhance the power of the artwork within.
  • Passepartout Photography Prize aims to support the development of talented photographers from all over the world by providing 1,000 euros in monetary award every year and exhibition opportunities in a prestigious venue in the heart of Rome, Italy. This is a perfect platform to start your career in contemporary art and photography industries on an international scale.
  • More Info:
    • Entry fee: 18 euros (for 3 photographs) – you can submit up to 7 photographs with additional 3 euros per piece.
    • Passepartout Photo Prize: 500 euros
    • Exhibition Prize: Participation in our collective exhibition in 2021
  • Submission Deadline: January 10th, 2021

Art Gallery 118: Open Calls

  • Applications are now open for our Juried Online Exhibition “RE:INVENT”
    Welcoming entries of traditional and alternative photography, paintings, sculpture and mixed media works themed around reinvention, change, renovation and revival.
  • Applications Open For: 
    • Thematic online exhibitions 
    • Solo and two-person online exhibitions
    •  Pop-up virtual shows 
    • Social media features and special interviews
  • Open to all artists 18 years and older.
  • All visual art mediums (except video) are allowed.
  • Deadline to apply: Friday, January 15 2021, 11:59 pm EST

IncuArts Gallery International Exhibition: Call for Entries

  • IncuArts Gallery invites artists to submit work for the upcoming exhibition, Force. Force explores ideas related to the forces that govern our lives, both seen and unseen. What influences your experiences- excessive or deadly force, judicial and social injustices, notions of cultural "norms", gender, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic disparities? Are religious, spiritual, or political forces at work? How do you react to these forces? How do they influence your work?or political forces at work? How do you react to these forces? How do they influence your work?
  • Selected artists will have their work featured in the online exhibition and via social media platforms. Artists of all media are encouraged to apply. Women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and other community members are encouraged to apply. Each artwork will be considered based upon the merit of individual images submitted by each artist.
  • Entry Deadline: January 15, 2021
  • Selections Announced- January 23, 2021
  • Exhibition Dates - February 1 - 28, 2021

Rasmuson Foundation: Individual Artist Awards

  • Grants to Alaska artists to support the time, reflection, immersion or experimentation beneficial to the development of their artistry.
  • Rasmuson Foundation has created three award programs for individual artists living and working in Alaska:
    • Project Awards: Awards of $7,500 for emerging, mid-career, and mature artists in all disciplines for specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of his/her work. Approximately 25 Project Awards are granted annually. Project Awards are available in all 11 artistic disciplines.
    • Fellowships: $18,000 awards for mid-career or mature artists to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work. The Fellowship program awards grants in 11 artistic disciplines that rotate on a two-year cycle. Approximately 10 Fellowships are awarded each year.
    • Distinguished Artist Award: A single $40,000 annual award for a mature artist of recognized stature with a history of creative excellence and accomplishment in the arts. (Nominations are now open for 2021)
  • Application Deadline: Paper applications must be delivered or postmarked by Feb. 15 to allow processing time. The deadline for online applications is March 1.

Gilroy Foundation: Richard Hayes "Like A Rock" Industrial Arts Grant

  • AREAS OF FUNDING: Industrial Arts ~ design, technical drawing, graphic technology, engineering studies, vocational programs, film/movies.
  • In authorizing grants, the Foundation gives preference to projects of the following types, whether undertaken by existing agencies or by new agencies.
    • Projects or programs aimed at providing needed facilities or services, for which public funds are either not available or not sufficient and the Foundation’s contribution, either by itself or in conjunction with other private support, would have a significant impact
    • Projects that will provide leverage in an agency’s ability to secure other funds.
    • Projects that, in responding to known community needs, are designed to                                         coordinate or consolidate community services in an effort to reduce overhead expenses, increase efficiency or eliminate unnecessary duplication.
  •  GRANT AMOUNT: $10,000
  • Application Deadline: Completed applications must be emailed to by Monday, February 1, 2021.

Dietrich Foundation Greenville (PA) Fund

  • Through the fund, grants totaling $60,000 will be awarded in support of cultural, educational, and other charitable organizations and projects in the Borough of Greenville in Mercer County.
  • To be eligible for a grant, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) organization that is not classified as a private foundation under Section 509(a). The Borough of Greenville, Pennsylvania, also is eligible. Annual amounts available for distribution are expected to increase in future years.
  • Application Deadline: February 12, 2021

The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant

  • The Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success.
  • The Gottlieb Foundation does not fund organizations, educational institutions, students, graphic artists, or those working in crafts. The disciplines of photography, film, video, or related forms are not eligible unless the work directly involves, or can be interpreted as, painting or sculpture. The Foundation does not fund exhibitions, installations, or projects of any kind.
  • Please note that these grants are available only to mature individual visual artists. The Foundation defines maturity in this case as having worked for 20 years or more in a mature phase of art.
  • Application Deadline: February 26, 2021

Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts

  • The foundation welcomes applications from organizations for its Production and Presentation Grants. Through the program, grants of up to $30,000 (though likely to be much less) will be awarded for production-related expenses that are necessary to take a project from conceptualization to public presentation. Projects may include but are not limited to publications, exhibitions, installations, films, new media projects, conferences/lectures, and other public programs.
  • To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Under some circumstances the foundation will make grants to other entities when there is clear evidence that the public interest will be served (e.g., in the case of a publisher or an emerging organization that does not yet have tax exempt status)
  • Application deadline: Feb 25, 2021 
  • Application available: Jan 15, 2021

but, also: Open Call for Posters

  • “but, also” is excited to announce our inaugural open call. The flagship and inaugural project at “but, also” will give artists the opportunity to create profit from an art practice by way of merch! There is a community of people who cannot afford the work we make in our art practices, but who want to support artists and own things that artists make. Through the concept of merch, artists will have the space to try something new, launch a pre-existing idea, work in a new way or an old way, and be part of a series of editionable projects.
    • ​Edition size: 10-50
    • Size requirements: must be between 11x17 and 24 x 36
    • Make something new, or send us something old.
    • 50% if your work sells. Our goal is to sell out your work and get everyone paid. We will do this through a hybrid model of online and social media promotion and open storefront hours.
    • Free promotion. Not only will we push the items for sale on our website and social media but we’ll highlight you and your art practice.
    • Your poster will be installed in the storefront of our temporary brick and mortar space in Columbia Heights.
    • High quality tiff and jpeg documentation of the final printed poster
  • Deadline: January 8, 2021 midnight, EST
  • Artists Notified: January 10

CulturalDC | ONE501 Live/Work Artist Spaces

  • CulturalDC, Foulger-Pratt, and DC Housing and Community Development Fair Housing Program are pleased to offer an opportunity for artists of all disciplines to live and create in the historic Eckington neighborhood near Alethia Tanner Park. The two-story units are 2 Bedroom and 2 or 3 Bathroom with a work space, flex/retail space, kitchen, and slop sink. Interested tenants must meet the income requirements of 60% Median Family Income (MFI), have a household of 2-5 people, and show a commitment to artistic practice and/or active participation in the arts industry and local arts community. Priority will be given to artists in need of housing who currently live or work in the District. Earliest move-in is in Spring 2021. Artists of all disciplines, ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, religions, ages, languages, and backgrounds are encouraged and welcome to apply!
  • Application Deadline: December 31, 2020

Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts

  • The Tri-State Relief Fund to Support Non-Salaried Workers in the Visual Arts will distribute one-time unrestricted cash grants of $2,000 each to freelance, contract, or non-salaried archivists, art handlers, artist/fine art photographer’s assistants, cataloguers, database specialists, digital assets specialists, image scanners/digitizers, and registrars.
  • In addition, this final cycle will also accept applications from freelance, contract, or non-salaried: 
    • Arts Educators
    • Arts Publication Editors
    • Arts Curators
  • Applications will open on November 18 and close on December 14, 2020. After reviewing for completeness and documented losses of income, qualifying applicants will be selected for funding via a lottery process.
  • Application Deadline: December 14, 2020 at 11:59 PM EDT

Women’s Center for Creative Work: LA's Feminist Idols

  • Join the Women’s Center for Creative Work as we search for LA’S FEMINIST IDOLS! We’re looking for proposals for new, timely, feminist creative projects to be included in the WCCW’s curated programming for The Music Center’s For the Love of L.A., premiering on The Music Center’s social media platforms in March 2021. Applications are now open for proposals for music videos, short films, zines, photo series, dance projects, or any other creative endeavor that can be presented entirely digitally in March 2021.
  • To apply, fill out application and submit an up to 1 minute video pitching your project. 
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, December 15th, at 11:59pm PST. 

Emerging Native American Artists

  • The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers three artist-in-residence fellowships annually to advance the work of established and emerging Native American artists. Each fellowship includes a monthly stipend, housing, studio space, a supplies allowance, full access to the IARC collections, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR. These fellowships provide time for artists to explore new avenues of creativity, grapple with new ideas to further advance their work, and strengthen existing talents.
  • The fellowships support diverse creative disciplines and can include sculpture, performance, basketry, painting, printmaking, digital art, mixed media, photography, pottery, writing, and film and video. However each fellowship has specific applicant criteria as indicated below.
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

Terra Summer Residency Fellowships in Giverny, France

  • Founded in 2001, the Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in Giverny, France. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists to foster reflection and debate. The Terra Summer Residency provides an opportunity for participants to widen their academic and creative horizons, explore international cultural perspectives, and forge lifelong exchanges and professional networks.
  • In addition to a stipend, fellows receive on-site lodging, use of working facilities, and lunches for the duration of the residency.
  • Deadline Applications for the 2021 program will be open from October 15, 2020 to January 15, 2021.

Institute for Electronic Arts 

  • The Institute for Electronic Arts is dedicated to the integration of electronic media within the fine arts disciplines, with a focus on art making, research, and education
  • To be eligible, applicants must be a resident of New York State.
  • Both the media and film programs support artists with a one- or two-week residency, a stipend, travel support of up to $125 within New York State, lodging at the Institute for Electronic Arts, School of Art and Design at Alfred University, access to technology, materials, and technical assistance. Artists also have access to a combination of emerging, contemporary, and historical media arts tools and materials, many of which are unique and not ordinarily available in a studio setting. Resident artists have twenty-four hour dedicated access to the IEA video and sound studio, which offers artists an integrated system with real-time video, image-processing software, hardware, and video capture. An IEA research specialist is also available to work with resident artists, and additional technical staff and faculty are available for consultation.
  • Application Deadline: TBD

Innovate Grant

  • Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Summer 2020 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on their website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists. Innovate Grant supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. They have simplified the grant process so that artists and photographers can focus on making their innovative work. The work should speak for itself and our application reflects that.
  • Award Info: $550 Grants to one Visual Artist and one Photographer 
  • Type: Competition 
  • Fall 2020 Cycle Deadline: Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time

Pollock-Krasner Foundation

  • The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will review expenditures relating to an artist's professional work and personal expenses and amounts range up to $30,000. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.
  • The Foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, graphic artists, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, or any artist whose work primarily falls into these categories.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

The Awesome Foundation

  • The Awesome Foundation is a global community advancing the interest of awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time.
  • ​Each fully autonomous chapter supports awesome projects through micro-grants, usually given out monthly. These micro-grants, $1000 or the local equivalent, come out of pockets of the chapter's "trustees" and are given on a no-strings-attached basis to people and groups working on awesome projects.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Basis

Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Grants for COVID-19 Fund

  • In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions. For as long as our Board of Directors determines it is necessary and prudent to do so, the Foundation will disburse one-time $2,000 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Basis December 1, 2020

Dedalus Foundation: Master of Fine Art Fellowship in Painting & Sculpture

  • The Dedalus Foundation Master of Fine Arts Fellowship in Painting and Sculpture is awarded annually to final-year students who are graduating from an M.F.A. degree program in the United States. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $15,000.
  • Candidacy for the fellowship is by nomination only. Each fall, department chairpersons from M.F.A. programs in painting and sculpture are invited to submit nominations. Each institution may nominate two candidates. Nominees should be graduating in the spring semester that directly follows the fall nominating cycle. Nominees need not be U.S. citizens.
  • Once nominations are submitted to the Foundation, nominees will receive application guidelines from us via e-mail. Nominees are asked to submit JPGs of eight work samples, a description of the work, and a biographical statement.
  • They will accept nominations beginning October 1, 2020. 
  • The Deadline for applications is January 15, 2021, 5 p.m. EST. 

The Hopper Prize

  • The Hopper Prize is now accepting entries for our Fall 2020 artist grants. We are offering 5 grants in the amount of $1,000 USD awarded through an open call art competition juried by leading contemporary curators.
  • This is an international open call. All media is eligible. Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward-thinking exhibition makers. In addition to grants, 30 artists will be selected for a shortlist. Additional exposure is available via our online Journal as well as our Instagram feed, currently reaching an audience over 46K.
  • Eligibility: The Hopper Prize is open to all artists age 18 and older working in any media. There are no restrictions on genre, subject matter, or media. We welcome entries in all media. We are committed to supporting artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. All artists are encouraged to apply.
  • Application Deadline: November 17, 2020

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

  • The Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund is intended to help those pursuing careers as artists or arts administrators whose income has been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This fund is for those who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color). If you fit this description and you are in need of short-term, immediate financial assistance – they would like to help. 
  • They will disburse funds in the amount of US $200 per person, on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Basis
  • Application Form: Here

The Terra Foundation for American Arts: Academic Workshop & Symposium Grants

  • To that end, it welcomes applications for its Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants. Through the program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of in-person exchanges intended for scholarly audiences such as workshops, symposia, and colloquia that advance scholarship in the field of American art (circa 1500–1980) that take place in Chicago or outside the United States; or in the United States, with at least one-third of the participants coming from outside the United States. The foundation also welcomes applications from international research groups. Groups should involve two to four faculty members from two or more academic institutions, at least one of which must be located outside the United States. Groups should pursue specific research questions that will advance scholarship and meet in person two or more times
  • Visual arts that are eligible for Terra Foundation Academic Workshop and Symposium Grants include all visual art categories except architecture and comm