Funding the Arts
“Prodigious effort is going into programs and initiatives that create supply – opportunities to educate artists and help them create and exhibit work – which is resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of fine art photographers and huge volumes of their art. Little support focuses on creating a demand for this art. Demand is not keeping up with supply, and if not corrected, will create a huge imbalance where there is an abundance of art but no audience for it. Crusade for Art is dedicated to cultivating demand for art.
Artists are on the front lines and are best positioned to be change-makers.
Crusade for Art aims to educate, inspire, and support artists to create unique, approachable programs that bring new audiences to art and allow them to engage with art in a meaningful way. By inspiring, mentoring, teaching, and funding, Crusade for Art will empower artists to focus on creating demand for art and thereby encourage systemic changes to create a new crop of art lovers, patrons, and collectors.
The centerpiece of Crusade for Art is a $10,000 grant that will be awarded to an individual photographer or group of photographers with the most innovative plan for increasing their audience and collector base. The unrestricted grant is created both to generate and highlight these innovations, and to underwrite the execution of the best idea.
A sizable financial award to artists who are creatively exploring this systemic problem of demand will put our greatest resource – the brainpower of our creative force, our artists – against this challenge and have the best chance of finding solutions.”
For details and to apply for this grant visit: crusadeforart.org/grant-guidelines
“Light Work is pleased to announce the 2014 Light Work Grants in Photography competition. Light Work began offering grants to CNY artists in 1975 to encourage the production of new photographic work in the region. Three $2,000 grants will be awarded to photographers who reside within an approximate 50-mile radius of Syracuse, N.Y. The recipients of these grants are invited to display their work in a special exhibition at Light Work, and their work will also be reproduced in Light Work’s award-winning publication, Contact Sheet: The Light Work Annual.
Three judges from outside the grant region will review the applications. Their decisions are based solely on the strength of the candidate’s portfolio and completed application. Individuals who received this award in 2009 or earlier are eligible to re-apply. Full-time students are not eligible.”
Click here to see past grant recipients.
Apply online at: lightwork.slideroom.com/#/Login
The Choice Awards
Fee: $30 member/$40 non-member per category or $70/$85 for all three categories for 6 images.
“The Choice Awards recognize outstanding photographers working in all processes and subject matter. The Awards are divided into three categories: Curator’s Choice, Editor’s Choice, and Gallerist’s Choice. The winners receive recognition via exhibition, publication, portfolio reviews and more.
The Choice Award winners are invited to participate in The Curve exhibition in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2014 during the flagship event, Review Santa Fe to maximize exposure.
- Curator’s Choice: Malcolm Daniel, Curator in Charge, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
- Editor’s Choice: Cheryl Newman, Director of Photography, The Telegraph, England
- Gallerist’s Choice: Steffi Schulze, Gallery Mangement, Camera Work, Germany
Project Development Grant
Fee: $30 member/$40 non-member for 8-10 digital files of a cohesive body of work.
“The Project Development Grant offers financial support to fine art, documentary or photojournalist works-in-progress. The grant includes a cash award to help complete a project as well as platforms for feedback and professional development opportunities for the works final stages.
This grant is awarded to projects that are still in progress and have not been exhibited or published. It requires signing of a contract to participate in an exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, during Review Santa Fe.
Juror: Lisa Hostetler, PhD, Curator, George Eastman House; formerly Curator at the Smithsonian
- $5,000 Cash Award (some restrictions apply)
- Exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA)
- Complimentary participation in Review Santa Fe
- Santa Fe Photographic Workshops tuition voucher (some restrictions apply)
- A full portfolio review on Eyeist (some restrictions apply)
- Special invitation to participate in the Art Photo Index
- Lenscratch publication
- Online exhibition at VisitCenter.org.”
For the submission guidelines and to apply for The Choice Awards or the Project Development Grant visit: www.centeryourcareer.org/2014/center/awards/guidelines.html.
Reminder! FOTOVISURA GRANT for Outstanding Personal Project, and Outstanding Student Project: Deadline January 10th, 12:00 noon EST
“The FotoVisura Grant aims to support personal photography projects and encourage the production and development of photography outside of the commercial realm. The Grant recognizes photographers as judged by their images, story, dedication and commitment of the photographer to the story or concept. Additionally, we consider the extent that he or she is willing to go to bring about positive change in society.”
The Grant is divided into two categories:
• The FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project
• The Spotlight Grant for Outstanding Student Project
For complete details, click here
Deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2013
“TheDocumentaryProjectFund was founded to help make sure that photographers who want to tell the stories of their communities will be able to do so. We are here to encourage, through project support, photographers who have a community focus and a good story to tell. We believe that still photography, especially the documentary form, can be an incredibly powerful art. We can admire the beauty of each image, be challenged to think about the issues raised and come away with our biases tested.
TheDocumentaryProjectFund call-for-entry is open to emerging and established still photographers. All applicants must have the appropriate skill level necessary to plan and execute a documentary project. Selected artists will have six months to complete the photographic work.
Each call-for-entry is intended to fund one project and will award up to $5000. That project should be a future project and not one in progress. The fund may grant project support to photographers working in conjunction with another nonprofit, provided that group will match our funding.
Submission deadlines are December 15 and June 15. Each application must include:
Submit applications in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Your name(s), mailing address, email, phone number(s) and a web site (optional) should appear at the top of each page. All entries will be submitted electronically via email, in English, as an attachment to: email@example.com.
- Project Statement: 1 page maximum
- Budget: 1 page maximum
- Personal Statement: 1 page maximum
- Images: 10-15 total
There are two acceptable ways to submit your photographic work:
- Use an online email service such as YouSendIt or DropSend. This will allow you to email large, zipped files. The images should be:
- JPEG format and sized to 1024 pixels in width for horizontals, 768 pixels in height for verticals.
- Titled as such: Lastname_firstname_projecctimagenumber (ex: smith_john_barbershop1)
- Use your own professional website or a cloud service such as MediaFire, Windows Live, SkyDrive or Box. Do not send us a link to your Facebook page, your Flickr, Shutterfly or other similar accounts. Be sure we are linked directly to the image gallery you want us to evaluate. Include this link with the written portion of your submission.”
“The 2014 Grant for Outstanding Personal Photography Project is open for submissions for photographers self-publishing on fotovisura.com. New members are welcome to submit.
The Grant aims to support personal photography projects and encourage the production and development of photography outside of the commercial realm. The Grant recognizes photographers as judged by their images, story, dedication and commitment of the photographer to the story or concept. Additionally, we consider the extent that he or she is willing to go to bring about positive change in society.
It is our belief that this profession needs to recognize its emerging leaders—and the FotoVisura Grant stands for recognizing, celebrating and supporting the international community of emerging photographers and its leaders.
The Grant is divided into two categories:
- The FotoVisura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project
- The Spotlight Grant for Outstanding Student Project
FotoVisura Grant Judges (view bios)
Elizabeth Cheng Krist, Senior Photo Editor, National Geographic Magazine
William A. Ewing, Director of Curatorial Projects for Thames & Hudson
Simon Barnett, Director of Photography, CNN Digital
MaryAnne Golon, Director of photography and Assistant Managing Editor, Washington Post
Caroline Smith, Photography Director, Marie Claire Magazine
Patricia Nagy Travieso, Executive Editor, Elle Magazine International Editions
Adriana Teresa Letorney, co-founder, FotoVisura
Spotlight Student Grant Judges (view bios)
Emma Raynes, Program Director, Magnum Foundation’s Emergency Fund
Clara de Tezanos, Co-founder and Director, La Fototeca
Angelika Hala, Photo Editor, Stern Magazine
Amy Wolff, Photo Editor (PDN30), Photo District News
Mirjam Evers, Executive Producer, Eddie Adams Workshop
Graham Letorney, co-founder, FotoVisura
Win funding, exposure and exhibition opportunities:
- FotoVisura Grant: $2,000
- Spotlight Grant: $1,000
- FotoVisura invites a select group of finalists to participate in online and gallery exhibitions.”
To apply and read the full prospectus visit: grant.fotovisura.com/submit.
Cda-Projects Grant for Artistic Research and Production
Deadline: Sunday, November 30, 2013
“Cda-Projects Grant has been initiated in 2011 to provide a support structure for research-based artistic practices. It aims to foster a community of practitioners, whose work explores the speculative potential of knowledge. The grant awards 10,000 Euros annually through an international open call. A publication that reflects the research process and outcomes is produced.
The grant aims at supporting and opening up discussions on artistic research to an expanded network through an open call. It encourages speculative approaches to how discourse is staged and how knowledge is produced, rethought and interwoven across disciplines. Without any limitations on the content, the proposed inquiries are expected to suggest new forms and methodologies by reflecting on contexts and conditions of the knowledge produced.
The invited selection committee members Gerard Byrne, Bassam El Baroni and Irit Rogoff. İz Öztat will take part in the selection committee as Cda-Projects Grant Director.
Authors (includes artists, curators, writers, thinkers etc…) of any nationality, regardless of age, can propose projects to be carried out individually or collectively. Applicants can submit an artistic research project that is currently in the production stage or one that is scheduled to be completed during the six‐month period following the date of selection.
All the submitted documents should be in English and each one should be sent as a separate PDF. Applications that are not sent in the specified format will not be considered. Please send the following documents below to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Project proposal and documentation (Maximum 500 words explaining your artistic research project, motivations of the research to be carried and the expected outcome. Up to 4 images can be included as documentation.)
- Curriculum Vitae (Include e-mail and mailing address.)
- Portfolio consisting of three completed research based projects.
- Time-based media should be submitted in low-resolution format via upload and the link should be provided within the portfolio (Not larger than 350MB.) If the resolution is important, you can send a DVD with excerpts up to 30 minutes to the address below:
Istiklal Cad. Misir Apt. No:163 K.2 D.5
Beyoglu / Istanbul 34433 Turkey”
For the full prospectus visit: cda-projectsgrant.org/apply.
“The Board of Directors of En Foco cordially invites you to join us for an evening of Art and Cocktails. This year, we celebrate the artists in our nationally travelling exhibition & book, En Foco/In Focus: Selected Works from the Permanent Collection.
Among the honorees in attendance, are Charles Biasiny-Rivera, Delilah Montoya, Valdir Cruz, Ricky Flores, Groana Melendez, George Malave, Jane Tam, Wendel White and more.
Take this unique opportunity to purchase one of only 50 collectors edition books, which have been pre-signed by many of the artists; meet several of the En Foco artists in the Collection; or purchase prints in the Silent Auction.
Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate with us, and have this special book in your collection for posterity.
Prints: by George Malave, Jared Soares, Noelle Theard, Pixy Liao, Alex Morel, Pete Pin, Steve Cagan, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Daniel Ballesteros, Miriam Romais, Frank Gimpaya, Lola Flash, Groana Melendez, and Sonia Louise Davis. Preview the work on our BLOG.
Other auction items include: consultations with photo marketing maven M.V. Swanson with her Publish Your Photography Book ($300 value each); Dulce Pinzon’s signed “Superheros” book ($25 value); La Palapa Cocina Mexicana’s famous brunch for four ($100 value); Gift Certificates to Zuppa (2 @ $100 ea) & Guapo restaurants (2 @ $50) in Yonkers, General Art Framing ($100 value), Sueños Restaurant, and more!”
“Rayko Photo Center’s Artist-in-Residence Program was developed to continue our support and education of fine art photographers. Through the program, artists receive unlimited access to RayKo’s facilities. Artists-in-residence will receive significant discounts on other services and workshops at RayKo. There is a five month time frame to shoot, print, and complete the body of work, and one month to prepare work for the exhibition. Artists gain hands on experience in the entire process of creating work, from conceptualizing, printing, framing, and hanging. Work produced in the program will culminate in a show in our side gallery. Up to three final prints of the gallery director’s choice will be donated to RayKo’s print collection. Artists will have regular review sessions with the gallery director as the project progresses. Mentoring is available to assist in the artistic development of residents and cultivate a more polished body of work.
Submit printed copies of the materials below, with artist name on each page:
- Letter of Intent (Description of Project), specify preferred start date (January or June)
- RayKo facilities to be used for project
- Artist Statement
- Any additional documents including relevant press/publications or letters of recommendation.
- $20 application & administration fee | Payable to: RayKo Photo Center
- Digital files: Submit 10-20 images saved as .jpg, 72dpi, and sized to 1200 pixels on the longest dimension. Files should not be larger than 2MB.
- Prints: up to 11×14” size | up to 20 individual prints
- Include annotated list of: Image title, size of original piece, year of completion, and medium
- Send or drop off materials (include SASE for return of materials) to:
RayKo Photo Center
c/o Artist-in-Residence Program
428 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
- Artists may also submit their proposals and images on line through Smarter Entry: client.smarterentry.com/RayKo.”
Click here to download a PDF of the full prospectus and for directions to submit your application online.
“Two fellowship recipients will be awarded $3,000 each and a solo exhibition at HCP in the summer of 2014. One Houston-based artist (residing within a 100 mile radius of Houston including the Beaumont, Galveston, and College Station areas) will receive the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship and another artist from anywhere in the world, outside the Houston area, will receive the HCP Fellowship.
Elisabeth Biondi, Independent Curator (New York, NY).
Participants must be or become HCP members (any level) at the time of submission. The competition is open to all artists working in photographic and lens-based work. Any photographic process is acceptable as long as it is:
- Original work
- The body of work is still in development within the last two years
- The body of work submitted as a whole has not been exhibited in a previous HCP Exhibition.
There is a $35 entry, which includes entry for 10 images or video. The maximum number of images artist can submit is 10. You are not required to submit 10 images. You may submit more than one entry. Each entry is $35 (+ membership fee).
Rules for Entry
- All submissions will go through CALLFORENTRY.ORG, you can create a free account.
- Entrants should upload up to 10 images or videos, an artist statement, and a resume/bio.
- Acceptance will be based on the body of work by each artist rather than on individual images.”
For the full prospectus and to apply to this call, visit: www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=1448&sortby=fair_name&apply=yes.