Grants

Grants for Visual Artists

The Grants for Visual Artists award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

Application Process and Deadline

The deadline to submit an application for the 2022 grant cycle was April 29, 2022 @ 11:59pm EST

Our next grant cycle will open in Feburary 2023

To apply, a $15 application fee is required. As a small non-profit with limited staff, we rely on these fees to ensure an easy-to-use open application platform and a thorough and equitable review process involving a diverse group of professional advisors. Artists who are experiencing financial hardship may request a fee waiver by submitting a written request to mwest@harpofoundation.org.  Fee waiver MUST be requested BEFORE submitting your application. Due to the volume of applications, we cannot accommodate requests for waivers after April 25, 2022.

Applicants must use the foundation’s online application system to submit the following:

  • Artist resume
  • Artist statement (up to 200 words)
  • Work samples (up to 10)
      • All images should be formatted as .jpg files with the .jpg extension in the title. No other image formats are accepted.
      • Accepted video file formats are .mp4 or .mov. 
      • Accepted audio file format is .mp3
      • Image file size must be no larger than 2MB per image to open properly (images are viewed digitally and will not be printed)

Eligibility

  • Self-defined under-recognized visual artist 21 years or older
  • Must be a United States citizen
  • Students who (as of the date of this year’s deadline) are currently enrolled in an art-related degree program,  have been enrolled in an art-related degree program within the last 12 months, or are planning to attend an art-related degree program in the coming year are not eligible.
  • Not a previous recipient of a direct artist grant from Harpo.
  • Artists who have been supported by an organizational grant from Harpo in the past are eligible to apply for a direct grant.

Criteria

Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and the ability to fulfill the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field.

Funding Decisions

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors, following review of applications by independent professional advisors, including regional, national, and international experts in a wide range of disciplines. Each application is reviewed by at least two advisors. Finalist applications will have been reviewed by a minimum of 5 advisors as well as internal staff and committees over the course of four rounds of consideration.

Awards are made up to $10,000.  The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Grants are made to support the development of artists’ work and a grantee may use their award to support any activity toward that purpose.

Reporting Requirements

A report detailing how funds were used is due within 10-months of receiving funds.

Notification

Grant decisions are usually announced no later than December 1.

Questions

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Previous Recipients

Cara Despain

Cara Despain

Cara Despain's work navigates issues of land use—often using the legacy of romantic landscape depictions as a lens—as it relates historically to settlement, expansion, oppression, resource exploitation, and the development of the military-industrial complex in the...

Nhi Vo

Nhi Vo

Nhi Vo's work transforms writing into drawing, revealing languages as patterns and definitions as gestures. Laborious repetitions are interrupted by the imperfections of handwritten text, overriding the parameters of mechanical reproduction. These handwritten...

Panteha Abareshi

Panteha Abareshi

Panteha Abareshi's work is rooted in her existence as a chronically ill/disabled body existing with multiple medical illnesses, at the root of which is sickle cell zero beta thalassemia, a genetic blood disorder that causes debilitating pain and bodily deterioration...

Leo Castañeda

Leo Castañeda

Mutating between analog and digital, Leo Castañeda's work renders worlds where landscapes, technology, and entities all share sentience and interconnection. Through paintings, video, and sculpture, and more, the work traverses sci-fi gaming environments inspired by...

Previous Recipients

Cara Despain

Cara Despain

Cara Despain's work navigates issues of land use—often using the legacy of romantic landscape depictions as a lens—as it relates historically to settlement, expansion, oppression, resource exploitation, and the development of the military-industrial complex in the...

Nhi Vo

Nhi Vo

Nhi Vo's work transforms writing into drawing, revealing languages as patterns and definitions as gestures. Laborious repetitions are interrupted by the imperfections of handwritten text, overriding the parameters of mechanical reproduction. These handwritten...