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Arts Writers Grant

Grants to USA Individual Writers for New
Literary Works on Modern Visual Art

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Creative Capital and Andy Warhol Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/20/20 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA writers to create new works on modern art. Funding is intended to support both established and emerging writers. The grant program is available to writers from a wide range of genres, including articles, short essays, and books. Funding may be used for projects addressing both specialized and general art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies.

The Arts Writers grant supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. In three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to indepth scholarly studies. The Foundation also supports art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles. As long as a writer meets the eligibility and publishing requirements, they can apply.

By “contemporary visual art,” the Foundaiton means visual art made since World War II. Projects on post-WWII work in adjacent fields—architecture, dance, film, media, music, performance, sound, etc.—will only be considered if they directly and significantly engage the discourses and concerns of contemporary visual art.

Expenses related to the realization of projects can include:

  • Writer’s fee;
  • Research;
  • Travel (airfare, car rental, ground transportation, lodging, meals, per diem);
  • Living expenses including child-care;
  • Image permissions and fees; reproduction and copying costs;
  • Costs related to editing, transcription, or translation.

For eligibility details and submission instructions on each of the four project categories, see: https://www.artswriters.org/application/project_types

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150417

Estimated Size of Grant:

Article grants: $15,000
Book grants: $50,000
Short-Form Writing grants: $30,000

Term of Contract:

-The grant period is one year, beginning in January.
-The grant period is one year, beginning in January. Short-Form Writing applicants are expected to publish regularly during this year. For Article and Book applicants, completion dates will vary depending on the specific project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for this grant, an arts writer must be
-An individual;
-Applying for a project about contemporary visual art;
-An art historian, artist, critic, curator, journalist, or a writer in an outside field who is strongly engaged with the contemporary visual arts;
-A US citizen, permanent resident of the United States, or a holder of an O-1 visa (if your application advances to the final round, you will need to submit current documentation);
-At least twenty-five years old;
-A published author (specific publication requirements vary for each project type).

An arts writer is NOT eligible for this grant if they are
-Applying on behalf of an organization;
-Applying for a project in which their primary involvement will be as an editor;
-A full-time student in a degree-granting program (with the exception of those students who are simultaneously maintaining professional careers as arts writers);
-An artist, writer, or curator writing an interpretive essay on their own practice;
-Applying for a project that is primarily fiction, poetry (including ekphrasis), or memoir;
-Applying for a project based on a PhD dissertation or MA thesis;
-Applying to publish a Q&A interview (or series of Q&A interviews);
-Applying to assemble an archive or database;
-Applying for a project on Andy Warhol;
-Applying for a project that will be published by a commercial gallery;
-Applying for a Creative Capital Award for any project in the same grant year (including as a collaborator);
-Applying with the same project for which they have received a Creative Capital Award (including as a collaborator);
-A grantee of the Art Writers Grant Program;
-A current employee, consultant, board member, or funder of Creative Capital or the Andy Warhol Foundation, or an immediate family member of such a person.

Pre-Application Information:

Apr 15: Grant application opens
May 20: Grant application closes at 11:59 PM EST
Oct 1: Finalists notified
Nov 18: Grantees announced

Grant guidelines: https://www.artswriters.org/application/guidelines

Checklist: https://www.artswriters.org/application/checklist

FAQs: https://www.artswriters.org/application/faqs

Writing sample instructions: https://www.artswriters.org/application/writing_sample_instructions

Contact Information:

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

Application: https://artswritersgrant.slideroom.com/#/Login

For general questions about the application, and questions regarding eligibility, please email: questions@artswriters.org.

For technical questions about the SlideRoom application you can email SlideRoom directly at: support@slideroom.com.

For all other technical questions email: tech@artswriters.org.

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