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Artist Grant: Professional Basics

Grants to Oklahoma Individual Artists for Art
Materials and Technology to Jumpstart Their Careers

GrantWatch ID#: 174708
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC)

10/15/16 5:00 PM

Grants of up to $500 to Oklahoma individual artists who are 21 or older for art projects to advance their careers as artists. Successful grant applications will show planning on the part of the artist, demonstrate that the project makes sense for the artists’ practice, and include the best possible samples of artwork.

1. Show planning on the part of the artist.

Unlike artists who need to explore and experiment, funders are not interested in chucking money at ideas that may or may not be completed. Funders want to support things that are going to happen and are likely going to be put together well. In each category, the Grants Committee literally ranks the artists “ability to complete the project” as demonstrated through the proposal components.

Grant applications show planning through thoughtful budgets and timelines, complete responses to questions posed, and realistic plans for venues or other showings of the work.

2. Demonstrate the project makes sense for the artists’ practice.

Since the Foundation's goal is to support artists at key stages of their artistic practice, criteria include the appropriateness and the career-altering nature of the project for the artist. Proposals demonstrate this suitability through the connection of the narrative description and the artists’ resume.

3. Artists need to make sure images represent the artwork well through their clarity and simplicity. Also, the samples should be relevant to the proposal (i. e. majority weavings if applying for funds to buy a new loom). Applicants cannot expect the reviewers to make conceptual leaps without help, regardless of artistic style. If samples are quite different from the proposal, artists should explain the change or variation (i. e. “this is a new direction for me based on…”).

Up to $500

Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, a non-student, and an Oklahoma resident.

Since the deadline falls on a weekend, the following weekday, Monday, October 17, will be the deadline.

Funds must be matched.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply, go to

Holly Moye, Executive Director

Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
730 W. Wilshire Blvd, Suite 104
Oklahoma City, OK 73116

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USA: Oklahoma

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