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Arts Writers Grant

Grants to USA Writers for Written Works
Related to Contemporary Visual Art

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Creative Capital and Andy Warhol Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/19/21 11:59 PM EST

Description:

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Grants to USA writers for written works related to contemporary visual art. Eligible project types include articles, short-form writing, and books. Eligible expenses include travel, living expenses, research, image permissions and fees, a writer's fee, reproduction and copying costs, and costs related to editing, transcription, and translation.

The Arts Writers Grant supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. The Foundation also supports art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles.

The grant aims to give writers time to write and is intended to cover costs associated with research and writing, not design and production. In addition to project expenses, it is suggested that you pay yourself a “writer’s fee” for the period you will be working on your project.

You may apply for a grant in one of the following project types:

  • Article: The Article category supports essays, magazine features, and extended exhibition reviews. Catalogue essays will be considered, except for exhibitions held at commercial galleries. Articles may be published in print or online. A confirmed publisher for a proposed article is not a prerequisite to apply. 
  • Book: The Book category supports a broad range of books on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship. Writers working on experimental or non-traditional arts writing are also invited to apply. Projects on 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. 
  • Short-Form Writing: The Short-Form Writing category supports the ongoing practice of writers who regularly produce short texts that respond to current exhibitions, events, and issues in contemporary visual art. “Short” means texts in the range of 250-1,500 words. “Writers who regularly produce” means writers who, on average, publish at least one text per month in print or online (magazines, newspapers, blogs, or other independent publishing platforms). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150417

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Article Grants: Article grants are $15,000 each.
- Book Grants: Book grants are $50,000.
- Short-Form Writing Grants: Short-Form Writing grants are $30,000 each.

Term of Contract:

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:

All writers who meet the eligibility requirements can apply. The general eligibility requirements are listed below.

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 U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the United States, or 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 depending on grant category; see the project-specific eligibility requirements).

“Contemporary visual art,” 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.

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 conduct 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 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant;
- 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:

Timeline:
- April 14th: 2021 Application opens
- May 19th: 2021 Application closes 11:59 pm EST
- Oct 1st: 2021 Finalists notified
- Dec 1st: 2021 Grantees announced

The review process has two steps. First, each application is reviewed by two outside evaluators. Second, applications with the highest scores advance to a final round in which a panel of outside jurors selects the grantees.

Grant money can only be used to cover expenses incurred after you have been awarded the grant.

You may only apply with a collaborator in the Book category. Only one application per collaboration will be accepted: collaborators must select one member to be the primary applicant and contact.

Grant Guidelines: https://www.artswriters.org/application/guidelines
Project Types: https://www.artswriters.org/application/project_types
FAQs: https://www.artswriters.org/application/faqs
Application Checklist: https://www.artswriters.org/application/checklist
Writing Sample Instructions: https://www.artswriters.org/application/writing_sample_instructions
About the Arts Writers Grants: https://www.artswriters.org/about/

Contact Information:

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

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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