Ohio Arts Council (OAC)
Awards of $5,000 to Ohio individual artists to recognize exceptional achievement across a range of artistic disciplines. Applications will currently be considered in the disciplines of music composition, fiction and nonfiction, criticism, choreography, poetry, and playwriting and screenplays.
The Individual Excellence Awards program recognizes outstanding accomplishments by artists in a variety of disciplines. Awards give artists the resources to experiment and explore their art forms, develop skills and advance their careers, and receive affirmation and acknowledgment for outstanding work.
The Individual Excellence Awards recognize the exceptional merit of an Ohio artist's past body of work. They celebrate the creativity and imagination that exemplify the highest level of achievement in a particular artistic discipline, and may be used for a variety of expenses related to an artist's growth and development.
Any one or a combination of these criteria is sufficient to justify an award recommendation:
1. Exemplifies the highest level of achievement in a discipline
2. Outstanding technical proficiency or craftsmanship
3. Innovation in style and/or concept
4. Body of work is consistently high in quality
5. Creative and inventive use of the medium
6. Compares favorably to other work in the field, either regionally or nationally
7. Advances an art form
8. Artist narrative provides context for the body of work
9. Audiovisual materials are relevant and of high quality
In odd-numbered calendar years (e.g., 2019, 2021), applications are accepted in choreography; criticism; fiction/non-fiction; music composition; playwriting/screenplays; and poetry.
In even-numbered calendar years (e.g., 2018, 2020), applications are accepted in crafts; design arts/illustration; interdisciplinary, collaborative and performance art; media arts; photography; visual arts 2D; and visual arts 3D.
GrantWatch ID#: 178200
Individual Excellence Awards are $5,000.
The grant period is May 1 – November 30.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online application portal: https://ohioartscouncil.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp
Kathy Signorino, Coordinator
Rhodes State Office Tower
30 E. Broad Street, 33rd Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3414