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 2021 grant cycle is April 30, 2021.

Online application is available here.

To apply, a $15 application fee is required. Fees are applied to grant administration and program development.

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)

Eligibility

  • Self-defined under-recognized visual artist 21 years or older
  • United States citizen
  • Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program 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 its relationship to 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. Awards are made of 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

Visit our FAQ page or contact us.

Previous Recipients

Ronald Athey

Ronald Athey

Evolving out of Los Angeles’ underground scenes, Ronald Athey is a self-taught artist who started making performance and sound work in 1981. In the 90s, when his work became identified with his HIV status and the ongoing pandemic, Athey’s live work toured...

Natalie Marie Ball

Natalie Marie Ball

Natalie Marie Ball has developed her studio practice using visual archives, history, gesture, materiality, and personal experience to create painted textiles, and sculptures as Power Objects. Her art is offered as proposals of refusal to complicate an easily affirmed...

Adriana Corral

Adriana Corral

Adriana Corral’s interdisciplinary, research-based practice explores memory, loss, human rights abuses, and unwritten histories. Often working across international borders, she probes state and national archives for primary documents and collaborates with historians,...

Pamela Council

Pamela Council

Pamela Council makes sculptures, performances, dedications, and jokes that transform materials, people, and institutions. Using an Afro-Americana camp aesthetic which she calls BLAXIDERMY, objects are set into motion in unique ways, exploring how we soothe, protect,...

Previous Recipients

Ronald Athey

Ronald Athey

Evolving out of Los Angeles’ underground scenes, Ronald Athey is a self-taught artist who started making performance and sound work in 1981. In the 90s, when his work became identified with his HIV status and the ongoing pandemic, Athey’s live work toured...

Natalie Marie Ball

Natalie Marie Ball

Natalie Marie Ball has developed her studio practice using visual archives, history, gesture, materiality, and personal experience to create painted textiles, and sculptures as Power Objects. Her art is offered as proposals of refusal to complicate an easily affirmed...