Funding the Arts

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/.

Deadline May 18th: 2018 Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant

Aaron Siskind Foundation
Call for Submissions: 2018 Individual Photographer’s Fellowship Grant
Deadline: Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST
Fee: $25

The Aaron Siskind Foundation is offering a limited number of Individual Photographer’s Fellowship grants of up to $10,000 each, for artists working in photography and photo-based art. Recipients will be determined by a panel of distinguished guest judges on the basis of artistic excellence, accomplishment to date, and the promise of future achievement in the medium in its widest sense. The Foundation seeks to support artists/photographers who demonstrate a serious commitment to the field, who are professionally active or employed in the field.

Eligibility: Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. Students enrolled in a college degree program are not eligible to apply. Please note: students who will graduate before the 2018 application deadline are eligible to apply. Previous IPF recipients are not currently being considered for new awards.

Eligible Work: Still photography regardless of subject matter, genre, or process. The use of the lens must be pivotal. The submission should consist of a mature, coherent body of work.

Requirements:

  • 10 images
  • Artist Statement (250 words maximum)
  • Career Summary/CV/Short Bio (500 words maximum)
  • Entry Fee: $25.00
  • Applications must be submitted through the Slideroom application portal at siskindfoundation.slideroom.com.

Fellowship recipients will be notified after the application review process is complete. Names of recipients and panelists will be announced shortly thereafter. The decisions of the Aaron Siskind Foundation and its designated judging panel as to who receives fellowship support will be final, private, and without appeal. As required by law, award funds must be used to further the artist’s creative endeavors. Recipients will be asked to provide a summary of the uses to which award funds are put. Award funds will be taxable to recipients in Tax Year 2018.”

Deadline May 15th: Women Photograph 2018 Project Grants

Women Photograph
Deadline: Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Fees: None

Women Photograph + Nikon Grants
These $5,000 grants will support photography projects — either new or in-progress — from visual journalists working in a documentary capacity.

Five grants are available, one of which will be earmarked for a non-binary or transgender photographer.

Applicants are encouraged to submit a story, rather than singles, as part of the grant application. The images need not be related to the project proposal. Multimedia projects are welcome.

Women Photograph + Getty Images Grant
Women Photograph has partnered with Getty Images to award a $10,000 grant in support of an ongoing documentary project from a professional photojournalist who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to their story. Applicants should submit portfolios of 20-25 images indicating that a substantial amount of work has already been completed, and that the photographer has a clear vision of what further work is needed to complete the project. Additional consideration will be given to applicants who evince a personal connection to – and engagement with – the communities they cover.

Upcoming January Deadlines: Aperture Portfolio Prize / CatchLight Fellowship / NY Portfolio Reviews

Aperture Portfolio Prize
Deadline Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“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 featured in Aperture Magazine and will receive a $3,000 cash prize and an exhibition in New York.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://www.picter.com/aperture/portfolio-prize-2018/

2018 CatchtLight Fellowship
Deadline Wednesday, January 31, 2018

“CatchLight exists because we believe in the power of visual storytelling to drive social change. In an increasingly divided landscape, there has never been a better time to bind our world together with empathy and compassion. A CatchLight Fellowship serves as an incubator — a space to receive financial support, unlock individual potential, and leverage partnerships. We are seeking storytellers who use art as a catalyst to spark new conversations, and whose work is poised to be significantly amplified by collaboration, mentorship, and networking.

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://catchlight.submittable.com/submit/102315/2018-catchlight-fellowship.

2018 New York Portfolio Review
Deadline Thursday, January 25, 2018

“Since we believe that only the quality of your work should matter — not who you know, how much money you have or your race, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation, we are again bringing together 160 talented photographers with 75 top photo editors, publishers, video producers, gallery owners and curators on April 21st and 22nd.

Applications are now open for the free (yes, free) sixth annual New York Portfolio Review, sponsored by The New York Times Lens blog, the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism and United Photo Industries. Participation is open to anyone over 18 years, and all types of photography will be considered.”

For the full prospectus and to apply visit: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/01/03/multimedia/new-york-portfolio-review-2018.html.

Deadline January 15th: EnFoco Photography Fellowship 2018

EnFoco Photography Fellowship 2018
Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018

“The 3rd Annual En Foco Photography Fellowship is designed to support photographers of color who demonstrate the highest quality of work as determined by a photography panel of peers and industry professionals. The Photography Fellowship Program will:

  • award 10 Fellowships at $1,000 per,
  • participation in a 2018 Fellowship Group Exhibition,
  • feature the Fellows in the 2018 Nueva Luz publication printed and online editions, and
  • provide Professional Development and Networking Opportunities.

En Foco is highly regarded for its leadership in support of photographers of color and for its advocacy role in addressing the issues related to cultural equity and access.

WHO CAN APPLY

  • Photographers of Latino, African, Asian American heritage, and Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.
  • Must be a resident of New York City or New York State for the past year at the time of submission and must show proof of residency.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Collaborating photographers are eligible to apply BUT only one photographer can submit the application.
  • Previous fellowship recipients must wait three years before they can reapply.
  • Photography for consideration must represent work completed after 2015.

WHO CANNOT APPLY

  • Graduate or undergraduate students matriculated in a fine art and or photography degree program at the time of application submission.
  • En Foco’s Board members and staff are ineligible to apply.

AWARD NOTIFICATION
The ten Fellowship Awardees will be notified via email.  The Awardees will each receive $750 dollars with the balance, $250 to be remitted at the Fellowship Awardees’ participation in their exhibition.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Create an account with Submittable.com.
  2. A written description (no more than 400 words). Describe specific aspects of your work practices such as subject matter, context, content, location and personal relevance.
  3. A one-page resume & 200-word biography.
  4. A 200-word artist statement about your work.
  5. 5-7 images (5 images are required, additional 2 are optional) , Follow the sizing guidelines.
  6. Head shot (300 dpi jpeg only).

The application form does not have to be completed in a single session; the system will save your draft application.  We suggest that you save often as you fill out the form, and that you save a copy of any narrative texts.

PANEL PROCESS
The Fellowships selected are based exclusively on the excellence and quality of the work submitted. All work will be reviewed by panelists selected from a pool of photography and photography-related professions, such as photographers, curators, critics, and collectors.  Each year, new panelists are chosen to ensure a fresh perspective in the fellowship review process.  En Foco’s Board of Directors will review the panel recommendations to assure the integrity of the process and formally approve the Fellowship awardees.”

For the complete prospectus and to apply visit: https://enfoco.submittable.com/submit

Deadline April 29th: HCB Award 2017

Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation
Call for Entries: HCB Award 2017
Deadline: Saturday, April 29, 2017

“Presented by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, the HCB Award supports the creation of a photography project which could not be achieved without this help. It is intended for a photographer who has already completed a significant body of work, close to the documentary approach. The candidate must be supported by an institution — museum, gallery, independent curator, publisher, etc.

The HCB Award is presented once every two years and grants the indivisible amount of 35 000 euros.

A pre-selection committee reviews all applications. The jury members can access all dossiers during the final deliberations. The winner is selected by an international jury of seven prominent personalities of the art world.  Each jury member has one voice. The final decision of the jury remains undisputable. The winner’s artwork project will be exhibited at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and published as a book, in the spring 2019.

For the complete prospectus visit: http://www.henricartierbresson.org/en/hcb-prize/prize.
For Application Dossier PDF click here.

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