*NOTE: Click here for info about the 2015 Artist Seed Grants*

Beginning in 2014, ArtPrize is proud to offer Artist Seed Grants, presented by the Frey Foundation. 25 artists will receive $2,000 each to help fund ambitious and challenging ArtPrize entries. These grants are intended to give a boost to artists who demonstrate both financial need and artistic merit.

Artists are invited to apply between April 23 and May 20, 2014.

How To Apply

[NOTE: Applications for the 2014 Artist Seed Grants are now closed]

Before applying for a Seed Grant, artists must first register as an artist for ArtPrize 2014.

Once registered as an artist, applicants must fill out the ArtPrize Artist Seed Grant ApplicationThe application asks three questions, which each require a short answer. 

  1. Demonstration of financial need. Tell us why you need a grant to make this project possible. 
  2. What makes your project exceptional? These grants are very competitive. What makes your project stand out?
  3. Provide a concise draft budget and project timeline. How much do you think it will cost? What will you do to accomplish your objectives on time? 

The application also includes a checklist of items you must complete in your artprize.org Artist Registration before applying for a Seed Grant. Do not apply for a Seed Grant before completing Artist Registration.

The 25 recipients of the Seed Grants will be determined by the ArtPrize Arts Advisory Council, a panel of advisors made up of national and local art world luminaries, critics, curators, and artists. The AAAC currently includes:

  • Nicole Caruth, writer, curator, editor of Art21 Magazine, New York
  • Lisa Freiman, Director of Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond
  • Reed Kroloff, architect and Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum 
  • Scott Stulen, Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at Indianapolis Museum of Art
  • Joe Becherer, Chief Curator and Vice President, Horticulture and Sculpture Collections and Exhibitions at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids
  • Paul Amenta, curator of SiTE:LAB, Grand Rapids
  • Dana Friis-Hansen, Director and CEO of Grand Rapids Art Museum

AAAC members that are affiliated with ArtPrize venues will obstain from evaluating artists that are committed to or under serious consideration by their respective venues. The evaluation process is designed in a way so that this will not give those artists a disadvantage.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Artists must secure a venue to receive a grant.
  • Those that secure a venue will receive payment shortly after Connections close. 
  • There is no additional application fee beyond the normal Artist Registration fee of $50 for a solo artist and $100 for a collaborative team.
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