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Awards to USA Curators and Curator Teams for New Thematic Art Exhibits

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Exhibition Award

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #164141

Grant Description

Awards to USA curators or curatorial teams in partnership with an established nonprofit exhibition space, such as a traditional museum or gallery, or an alternative nonprofit venue for thematic contemporary art exhibitions. Funding is intended to provide support for exhibitions at the beginning stage of their development and to offer the curator the support needed to fully explore a concept and realize an exhibition.

The proposal should be for a strong, thematic exhibition that puts the works of contemporary art and/or architecture in a new or unconventional aesthetic, historical, cultural, and/or social framework. Applicants are encouraged to think expansively and challenge conventional thought through the exploration of critical ideas in the context of contemporary art. The award is intended to provide support for exhibitions at the beginning stage of their development and to offer the curator the support needed to fully explore a concept and realize an exhibition. 

The Exhibition Award includes four components:

  • Core Exhibition & Publication: Core funding is intended to support the following items:
    • Opportunities for a curator (or multiple curators) to research and fully explore a concept.
    • Full development and opening of a thematic exhibition that put the works of contemporary art and/or architecture in a new or unconventional aesthetic, or in historical, cultural, and/or social frameworks that challenge conventional thought.
    • Commission new works for the exhibition.
  • Living Artist Honorariums: In honor of Emily Hall Tremaine’s dedication to supporting living artists, the Foundation will make available funds for the exhibiting institution to provide direct benefits to living artists lending, installing, or in any other way showing their existing work in the exhibition. 
  • Enhanced Engagement Fund: designated to elevate the exhibition reach beyond the institution’s standard marketing/outreach. Uses may include interactive websites, 3D online tours, video documentation, etc.
  • Post-Opening Opportunity Fund: unbudgeted, post-opening opportunities that further impact and social discourse. For example, based on feedback additional talks may be scheduled that require artists to travel to the institution, hours may be extended, more community or school groups can be underwritten, etc. 

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications are accepted on a triennial basis from any curator, or curatorial team, applying in partnership with an established non-profit exhibition space, whether a traditional gallery or museum, or an alternative non-profit venue. The curator can be on staff at the partnering exhibition space or a guest/independent curator working with the partnering space for this exhibit.

What is NOT eligible?
- Single artist exhibitions, retrospectives, re-installations, and artist collective exhibitions
- Exhibitions composed solely of works of graduate students/faculty at a university
- Exhibitions that do not involve contemporary art (post 1950)
- Exhibitions that are past the early stage of development
- Residency programs
- Exhibition spaces based outside of the United States
- Exhibitions with multiple large funding sources (The Exhibition Award does not need to be the sole or primary source of funding for the exhibition but should receive top credit.)
- Curators who have received the Exhibition Award in the previous four years (Note that the partner exhibiting institution is exempt from this restriction. They may serve as a partner institution on an application submitted at the next Exhibition Award round.)

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline
- Application deadline: February 25, 2022 - 11pm ET
- Awards announced in May 2022
- Next deadline: February 2025

Please ask questions as they arise in your application process. Ideally, questions should be asked at least two weeks prior to the deadline. All questions should be sent via email.

Applications are accepted on a triennial basis. The next application deadline will be in 2022, then 2025, 2028, etc.

Guidelines & Eligibility:
https://www.tremainefoundation.org/guidelines--eligibility.html

FAQs:
https://www.tremainefoundation.org/frequently-asked-questions.html

Award components:
https://www.tremainefoundation.org/award-components.html

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation will consider requests up to $150,000 but no less than $50,000.

The Exhibition Award includes four components:
- Core Exhibition & Publication - up to $150,000
- Living Artist Honorariums - up to $10,000
- Enhanced Engagement Fund - up to $20,000
- Post-Opening Opportunity Fund - up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

If selected as recipients, the individual and institution must realize the exhibition no sooner that 18 months and within 36 months after the Exhibition Award is announced.

Contact Information:

Apply online:
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=tremainefoundation

Questions should be sent via email to EHTEA@tremainefoundation.org.

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
171 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06510
203.639.5544

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