Deadline: 1 September 2020
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is accepting applications to provide grants on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other organizational activities directly related to these areas.
The Foundation’s grantmaking activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them.
The program also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs. The Foundation values the contributions of all artists, reflecting the true diversity of the contemporary art field, and encourages proposals that highlight women, artists of color, and under-represented practitioners.
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Scholarly research undertaken in the field of contemporary art is funded through Curatorial Research Fellowships. Curators at any stage of their careers are eligible to apply and must have the formal support of an insitution and its director. It is assumed that research will lead to a significant exhibition, though this is not a requirement. Generally these fellowships are for projects with long lead times and may involve significant travel. Grants to curators do not preclude separate proposals from sponsoring institutions in any given grant round.
The foundation believes that freedom of expression is a core principle of an open and enlightened democracy. It welcomes proposals from artist-centered organizations that share this belief, reject bigotry of any sort, and promote inclusive dialogue regarding social, political, cultural and economic issues affecting not only artists but all people.
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Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.
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- Non-profit arts organizations throughout the United States are eligible to receive grants from the Foundation.
- While the Foundation does not give grants directly to individuals, it does provide substantial support to Creative Capital, which in turn provides professional development and project grants to individual artists. Creative Capital also administers the Arts Writers program which makes grants to individual writers. The Foundation gives money to non-profit organizations to directly support artists through visual arts programming and regranting initiatives.
Application process for organizations based in the United States
A full proposal for funding should include the following:
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- A letter of approximately 3 pages describing the activity for which funds are being requested; if applying for the first time, give a brief description of the organization’s mission, purpose and goals
- A project budget
- A copy of the organization’s 501(c)3 ruling from the IRS
- A letter of support from the sponsoring organization’s director (for Curatorial Research Fellowship applicants only)
For more information, visit https://warholfoundation.org/grant/overview.html