Funding the Arts

Deadline March 31st: Film Photo Award

Call for Entries: Film Photo Award
Deadline: Sunday, March 31, 2019
Fees: $35 Non-Students / $25 Students

“The Film Photo Award offers two award cycles per year, each providing three distinct grants of Kodak Professional Film to photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field and are motivated to continue the development of still, film-based photography in the 21st century.

The Film Photo Award is open to all emerging, established, and student photographers worldwide, 18 years old or older.

Awards
During each spring and fall award cycle, 3 film grants will be awarded:

  • New Project Award: applicants will select either 200 rolls of 35mm, 200 rolls of 120, or 300 sheets of 4×5 Kodak Professional film.
  • Continuing Project Award: applicants will select either 200 rolls of 35mm, 200 rolls of 120, or 300 sheets of 4×5 Kodak Professional film.
  • Student Project Award: applicants will select either 100 rolls of 35mm, 100 rolls of 120, or 150 sheets of 4×5 Kodak Professional film.

Juror
Aline Smithson
, Photographer and Editor-and-Chief of the daily web journal, Lenscratch.

Eligibility
Anyone 18 years old or older, worldwide.

Students must be currently enrolled in an institution of higher education at the time of submission. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. You do not need to be studying photography specifically.

Requirements
Detailed explanation of application materials here.

  1. Project Proposal
  2. CV, Resume, or Bio
  3. 10 Examples of Past Work
  4. Inventory List
  5. Submission Fee

Evaluation Criteria
Applicants will be considered on the basis of artistic excellence and the promise of future achievement. Submissions include 10 examples of past work, a proposal for a new or continuing film-based project, CV or Bio, & Inventory List.”

To see the full prospectus and to apply visit: www.filmphotoaward.com.

Deadline March 30th: Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Artist Residency Program

The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
Call for Entries: 2019-2020 Artist Residency Program
Deadline March 30, 2019 at midnight EDT
Application fee: $25

“The intention of the PPAC Artist Residency program is to assist talented, self-directed and committed artists in the creation of work by providing necessary financial support, access to high-end facilities and proper technical assistance and education. Our hope is to create a transformative experience that enriches the individual artist and the community of PPAC.

Accepted artists will receive a $3,000 honorarium, will have printer and scanner hourly rental fees waived and will receive a $1,500 credit to be applied to ink usage fees and paper in the Artist Lab. If necessary, a $1,000 stipend will be provided for travel and/or housing.

The length of each individual residency is restricted to a month, but the timing is flexible. Artists should propose a project that fits within the residency term of June 1, 2019, to May 1, 2020.

The month-long residency should be used to advance your artistic practice in a meaningful way. Artists may submit proposals that include the continuation or completion of work already in process, or the creation of new work.

Accepted artists will be required to work collaboratively with PPAC to design two public program events. These programs are flexible and open to your interpretation and interests. Please do not include proposals for these events in your application.

Restrictions
Because the Artist Residency program is intended to support working artists, students are not eligible to apply.

Required Application Materials
All artists must propose a project within the month-long residency term. A letter of intent should clearly address the goals and expected outcomes of the residency, give a specific time frame, along with a preferred month of participation and should outline which lab equipment will be used. A separate artist statement should discuss your most recent work and should clearly outline your process and personal interest in making the work.

  • $25 application fee (to offset costs in accepting and reviewing application materials)
  • Letter of intent
  • CV
  • One page artist statement
  • 15 – 20 jpegs of work related to the intended project, or recent work
  • Please submit your application here.

Application materials will be reviewed by PPAC’s Artist Residency Committee. PPAC is unable to respond to inquires about the status of a submission, nor is the Artist Residency Committee able to offer feedback or reasoning for rejected submissions.

View current and past Artists in Residence here.”

Deadline April 1st: Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts & Social Issues

Columbia College | Heartland Alliance
Call for Submissions: Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues
Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019
Application Fee: $25

“The Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues creates a space for a socially engaged photographer to produce a compelling and dynamic body of work highlighting human rights and social issues.

Columbia College Chicago and Heartland Alliance, two internationally recognized institutions with Chicago roots dating back more than 120 years, partner in hosting the Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues. The fellowship is a unique public commitment to socially engaged art, combining Columbia’s dedication to academic excellence and developing authentic, creative voices with Heartland Alliance’s bold history of advocating for the rights of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

This postgraduate fellowship creates an opportunity for a socially engaged photographer to immerse themselves in the community of Heartland Alliance and to produce a new, original, and compelling body of photographic work that speaks to the human rights and social issues revealed through these experiences. By engaging with the Heartland Alliance community of participants and practitioners, the fellowship allows the artist to create a true connection between subject, audience, and community. This serves the larger goal of the fellowship, which is to use photographic practice to elevate our collective awareness of social, economic, and cultural issues and to inspire positive social change.

In addition to their work with the Heartland Alliance community in the greater Chicago area, the fellow will also spend significant time at Columbia College Chicago, where they will be mentored by a Photography Department faculty member and will work with Columbia students. The fellow will also have a Heartland Alliance project sponsor dedicated to aid their immersion in the Heartland community and to provide valuable feedback during the nine-month project. The fellowship will culminate with a public presentation, exhibition and/or publication of the fellow’s newly created body of work at the completion of the fellowship period.

Because of the dynamic nature of the fellowship, a full-time commitment is required during the academic year (September to May). Fellowship hours will vary, as will the activities in which the fellow will be immersed. It is expected that the fellow will reside in Chicago during the term of the award.

A $25,000 stipend will be awarded for the 2019-20 academic year to support the fellow’s work. Talented individuals who have completed an MFA in photography or in another related creative field and who are committed to active immersion and participation with Heartland Alliance and Columbia College Chicago are encouraged to apply.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://www.colum.edu/academics/fine-and-performing-arts/initiatives/diane-dammeyer-fellowship.html.

Deadline February 15th: Penumbra Workspace Program

Penumbra Foundation
Call for Submissions: Penumbra Workspace Program
Deadline EXTENDED to: Friday, 15 February 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT
Application: FREE

“As a non-for-profit organization whose mission is to embrace the photographic community through its educational and public events Penumbra Foundation is proud to announce the development of a new program dedicated to facilitate emerging artist with time, workspace, resources and support to get them and their work closer to the public in one of the most vibrant art cities in the world.

US RESIDENTS | DESCRIPTION
The Penumbra Workspace Program will benefit two US based emerging artists* during 2019 with access to time, facilities, critical and technical support, and honoraria. The extension of the program ranges from two weeks to 1 month depending on the time requested by the selected artists. Participants have liberal access to the workspace facilities. They are expected to use their time to pursue their own projects: researching, photographing, scanning, printing, working on an exhibition or editing a book.

NEW YORK CITY RESIDENTS | DESCRIPTION
The Penumbra Workspace Program will benefit two New York City based emerging artists* during 2019 with access to time, facilities, critical and technical support, and honoraria. The extension of the program ranges from two weeks to 4 weeks depending on the time requested by the selected artists. Participants have liberal access to the workspace facilities. They are expected to use their time to pursue their own projects: researching, photographing, scanning, printing, working on an exhibition or editing a book.

INTERNATIONAL | DESCRIPTION
The Penumbra Workspace Program will benefit two International artists during 2019 with access to time, facilities, critical and technical support (note: there is no honorarium). The extension of the program ranges from two weeks to 4 weeks depending on the time requested by the selected artists. Participants have liberal access to the workspace facilities. They are expected to use their time to pursue their own projects: researching, photographing, scanning, printing, working on an exhibition or editing a book.

* An emerging artist is someone in the early stage of their career, who takes risks and embraces challenges, and who hasn’t yet
established a solid reputation as an artist amongst other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://www.penumbrafoundation.org/workspace/about.

DEADLINE January 23rd: 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize

Aperture Foundation
Call for Submissions: 2019 Aperture Portfolio Prize
Deadline: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST
There is no fee to enter.

About Aperture Portfolio Prize
“The purpose of the Aperture Portfolio Prize is to identify trends in contemporary photography and highlight artists whose work deserves greater recognition. When choosing the first prize winner and runners up, Aperture’s editorial and curatorial staff look for innovative bodies of work that haven’t been widely seen in major publications or exhibition venues.

The first prize winner will be published in Aperture magazine and will receive a $3,000 cash prize and exhibition in New York. The winner and up to four runners up will be featured in an online gallery on aperture.org. All finalists are announced in the foundation’s e-newsletter, which reaches fifty thousand subscribers across the globe, including curators, critics, and members of the photography community. The winner and runners up may also be presented the opportunity to participate in the Aperture Foundation limited edition print program.

Juror information
The Aperture Portfolio Prize jury is comprised of Aperture’s experienced editors and curatorial staff. This year, the jury includes Chris Boot, executive director; Annette Booth, director of exhibitions management; Charlotte Chudy, editorial assistant of books; Brendan Embser, managing editor of Aperture magazine; Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine; Annika Klein, assistant editor of Aperture magazine; Taia Kwinter, managing editor of the book program; Amelia Lang, associate publisher of the book program; Samantha Marlow, associate editor of books; Lesley A. Martin, creative director; Kellie McLaughlin, director of the limited-edition print program; and Denise Wolff, senior editor of books.

Submission Requirements

  • 1 Project with 10 to 15 photos
  • Project description with up to 1500 characters
  • Biography and CV
  • Special Requirements:
    – Entrants must be Aperture Magazine print subscribers.
    – Work must be made within the past 5 years. Ongoing projects will be accepted.”

Visit https://contests.picter.com/aperture/portfolio-prize-2019 for the full prospectus and to apply.

Deadline October 22nd: Vox Populi 2019 Guest Artist & Exhibitions Open Call

Vox Populi
Call for Entries: 2019 Guest Artist & Exhibitions Open Call
Deadline: Monday, October 22, 11:59pm EDT
Fee: $35 for

About The Open Call
“During its 30th year of existence, Vox Populi is pleased to announce our annual open call to guest artists, curators and collaborators to extend and challenge their artistic practice. We are seeking applications for exhibitions by national and international artists, curators, and collaborators from outside the larger Philadelphia area and without commercial representation, who want to find new audiences.

Vox Populi is interested in proposals that take place in experimental media and employ alternative methodologies, pushing boundaries in terms of form and content. We seek work that takes risks, is ambitious, timely, and experimental.

Vox Populi accepts applications for solo exhibitions by individuals or collective proposals to show in one of our four gallery spaces. We cannot accept requests for a specific gallery. Selected guests are expected to arrange for their installation and de-installation. Upon acceptance, the work(s) must be ready and available to exhibit in 2019. Vox Populi’s membership will select and group submitted projects. Selected proposals will receive an honorarium of $500.

All the artist collectives at Vox will be reviewing the applications for this guest artists call. More information on past and current work Vox has supported can be found in our exhibition archive.

Application Timeline
Deadline: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 11:59pm
Notification: November 2018
Exhibitions: two month exhibitions TBA 2019

Submission Guidelines
Artists can submit available works (1-10 work samples) for exhibition or specific proposals; site-specific installation proposals for new works must include images of previous works or installations.

Please note, this is an opportunity for artists, curators and collaborators living outside of the greater Philadelphia region to gain exposure with a Philadelphia audience. Vox Populi will only consider applications outside of a 50 mile radius from the city.”

For the full prospectus and to see a floor plan of the exhibition space go to: http://voxpopuligallery.org/news/now-accepting-guest-artist-applications-for-2019

The application is available via Slideroom.

Deadline September 18th: Princeton Arts Fellow 2019

Princeton Arts Fellow 2019-21

Call for Applications: Princeton University

Deadline: Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 

“Princeton Arts Fellowships, funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, David E. Kelley Society of Fellows in the Arts, and the Maurice R. Greenberg Scholarship Fund, will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Applicants should be early career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors and performance artists–this list is not meant to be exhaustive–who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.

Princeton Arts Fellows spend two consecutive academic years (September 1-July 1) at Princeton University and formal teaching is expected. The normal work assignment will be to teach one course each semester subject to approval by the Dean of the Faculty, but fellows may be asked to take on an artistic assignment in lieu of a class, such as directing a play or creating a dance with students. Although the teaching load is light, our expectation is that Fellows will be full and active members of our community, committed to frequent and engaged interactions with students during the academic year.

An $82,000 a year stipend is provided. Fellowships are not intended to fund work leading to an advanced degree. One need not be a U.S. citizen to apply.  Holders of Ph.D. degrees from Princeton are not eligible to apply.

All applicants must submit a resume or curriculum vitae, a personal statement of 500 words about how you would hope to use the two years of the fellowship at this moment in your career, and contact information for three references. In addition, work samples are requested to be submitted online (i.e., writing sample, images of your work, video links to performances, etc.)

Applicants can only apply for the Princeton Arts Fellowship twice in a lifetime.”

For the full prospectus and to submit visit: http://arts.princeton.edu/fellowships/princeton-arts-fellowship/

Deadline EXTENDED June 8th: The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund
Call for Entries: The W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers
Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018 Friday, June 8, 2018
Fee: $1

“In 2018 the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund announced a new grant, the W. Eugene Smith Grant for Student Photographers to encourage and support students whose photographic work renews the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s humanistic and compassionate photography. Special consideration will be given to work that promotes social change and that embraces new technologies and image distribution, and that seeks to integrate the tradition of photography and social change with contemporary practice.

The annual $4,000 grant may be used to complete a work-in-progress. Recipient of the Grant will be selected by a jury appointed by the the Board of Trustees of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund in Humanistic Photography.

To apply for the Grant, a fee of $1 is required. The submissions must include a scan of a current student identification card. Please enter below and select Student Photographer Grand during the registration process. The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2018.

The grant will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City on October 17, 2018.

The Jury
The Fund’s Board of Trustees will appoint a three-member jury consisting of two board members and an outside expert. The jury reviews all the photographs (submitted electronically), applications and statements of intention, and selects eight finalists on the basis of the substance and merit of their project, and the written supporting material. The finalists are then contacted by telephone for additional material. The jury reviews the materials again and proceeds to select the grant recipient and the recipient is asked to deliver a 1-3 minute video with audio describing their work which will be shown at the Smith Grant Ceremony in October.

Submission Guidelines
You must register on this website by clicking the ‘Apply for Student Grant’ link on the side navigation or at the bottom of this page. There is a $1 fee for student grant consideration. No submitted materials will be returned. The Smith Fund accepts applications only through our online portal only. No physical submissions will be accepted.

Applicants should submit:

  1. A Bio and/or CV submitted as a PDF not to exceed 2 pages. A scan of a current student ID card is required. (Please note submissions exceeding one page may not be reviewed). Name the file with your first and last name and use an underscore to separate the names. At the end of the filename add CV. Example: John_SmithCV.jpg
  2. The Project Statement submitted as a PDF and not to exceed 2 pages. (Please note submissions exceeding two pages may not be reviewed) 1. Name the file with your first and last name and use an underscore to separate the names. At the end of the filename add PP. This Statement should address the topic and themes of the work, its motivation and aspirations—the work’s intended result. The statement should situate the work in the tradition of photography guided by social change, and address the present. The statement should be concise, and the applicant must affirm the work-in-progress project will be ongoing.
  3. IMAGES: Applicants can submit up to 40 images total. These should consist of representative images from the project being proposed to the W. Eugene Smith Fund. The applicant can include in his/her submission, past work that represents the candidate’s vision and his or her ability to execute the project being proposed to the fund. The images must conform to the following specifications: JPEG files with 2000 pixels on the long dimension saved at 72 dpi. Name the files with your first and last name and use an underscore to separate the names. At the end of the file name add a sequence number starting with: 01. Example: John_Smith01.jpg, John_Smith02.jpg, John_Smith03.jpg

In the event the applicant is the recipient of the Student Smith Grant applicant hereby agrees to donate to the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, as an unrestricted gift, four (4) digital images and four (4) prints of work completed as part of the project proposed herein. Applicant agrees to deliver said images within eighteen (18) months after receiving the Grant.

The images shall become part of the W. Eugene Smith Legacy Collection at the International Center of Photography in New York. Applicant also agrees that as part of the unrestricted gift, the Smith Fund may exhibit the images and may use them to promote the activities of the Fund. These Images will be used on the Smith Fund Website and for promoting the Smith Grant Ceremony.

Applicant also understands and agrees that, if applicant is the recipient of the Grant, three thousand dollars ($3,000) will be paid upon acceptance of the Grant, and the balance of one thousand ($1,000) upon Smith Fund’s receipt of the final prints.”

To apply for the grant visit: http://smithfund.org/the-w-eugene-smith-grant-for-student-photographers.

Deadline EXTENDED June 8th: Gene Smith Grant

W. Eugene Smith Memorial Foundation
Call for Submissions: Gene Smith Grant
Deadline: Thursday, May 31, 2018  Friday, June 8, 2018
Fee: $50

“The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography is presented annually to a photographer whose past work and proposed project, as judged by a panel of experts, follows the tradition of W. Eugene Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion exhibited during his 45-year career as a photographic essayist.

The W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography was established in 1978 following the death of Gene Smith, the legendary American photo essayist. It is today the most prestigious honor in documentary photography. Every year it recognizes a photographer who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to documenting the human condition in the spirit of Smith’s concerned photography and dedicated compassion.

The W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund, INC., a not-for-profit corporation qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, independently administers the grant program that provides photographers with the financial freedom to carry out or complete major photographic essays. For 2018, the amount of the grant will be $35,000. An additional $5,000 in fellowship money will be dispersed, at the discretion of the jury, to one or more finalists deemed worthy of special recognition. Awards will be presented in a ceremony held in New York City on October 17, 2018.

The Jury
The Fund’s Board of Trustees appoints a three-member international jury every year. The jury meets twice. At its first session the Jury reviews the required materials: applications and proposals and photographs, all submitted electronically. It selects a small number of Finalists on the basis of the substantive and intellectual merit of their project. Finalists will be given the opportunity in a short period of time to refine their proposals and to answer specific questions from the Jury about their project. Finalists are also asked to produce and to deliver a 1-3 minute video with audio describing their proposal. These videos will be shown at the Smith Grant Ceremony in October.

At its second session, the jury reviews the new materials including the 1-3 minute video, and it proceeds to select and to notify the grant recipient and the beneficiaries of the fellowship money.

At its second session, the jury reviews the new materials and proceeds to select the grant recipient and the beneficiaries of the fellowship money.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: http://smithfund.org/eugene-smith-grant.

Deadline TODAY, June 5th: The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography

New Orleans Photo Alliance
Call for Entries: The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography
Deadline: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

2018 GRANT GUIDELINES
The Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography (MPS Fund) was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) to honor the life and work of Michael P. Smith, one of New Orleans’ most legendary and beloved documentary photographers. The MPS Fund awards cash prizes and exhibition opportunities to Gulf Coast photographers whose work combines artistic excellence and a sustained commitment to a cultural documentary project.

JUROR: Gregory Harris, Assistant Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art

MPS 2018 Award Details: $5,000 cash award | Featured exhibition in the NOPA Gallery | online exhibition permanently archived on the NOPA website.

ELIGIBILITY
Both emerging and established photographers residing in the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are eligible to apply for the MPS Fund’s annual grants. The subject matter for the proposed project is not limited to the Gulf Coast geographic region but the photographers main residence must be within these 5 states.”

For the full prospectus and to see previous MPS winners visit: http://neworleansphotoalliance.org/photography-grants-new-orleans/.

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