Wednesday, October 26

Here are a few more Grant Funding and Fellowship Programs for the Arts, Studio Fellowships for Women, Grants for Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers and Paper Arts, an Invitation for Arts Teacher's Fellowships and info on the newest $50 million for performing artists and jazz musicians.  And more specific grants for artists in New York.

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Here they are.

Hamiltonian Fellowship Program

Deadline:  February 29, 2012

The Hamiltonian Fellowship is a critical stepping-stone for emerging artists who have finished their academic training and beginning their professional art careers. Every year, an independent selection committee chooses five emerging artists to join the program. Built around a rigorous exhibition schedule, fellows receive one-on-one mentorship, participate in group critiques and professional development seminars and lectures. During their two-year tenure, fellows receive commercial representation from Hamiltonian Gallery and exhibit at international art fairs in Miami, DC and/or New York. They enjoy heightened visibility and engage in an intense dialogue about their work, while building active professional networks and stronger business skills. An annual stipend help supplements career related expenses. 

The artists participating in the fellowship program will learn some of the essential tools and techniques to advance their professional careers and achieve entrepreneurial success as exhibiting artist while continuing to grow artistically. Thanks to our exclusive partnership with the Hamiltonian Gallery, through which we have access to the gallery’s large exhibition space located in the heart of Washington DC’s new contemporary art district at 14th & U Street, NW, our fellows also gain valuable experience in the administration of both a non-profit art space and a commercial gallery.

To be considered for the fellowship program, all applicants must prepare the following items in electronic format only on no more than two digital CDs.
A  completed application form (form downloadable in MS doc or in PDF)
  •  A CV or resume (in MS doc)
  •  Ten (10) medium to high resolution images of your recent work (in JPEG format only).   Images  beyond the first ten images will not be considered.
  • A correlating list of works which must include title, media, dimension and year executed (in MS doc). An artist statement (in MS doc not PDF format)
  • Although not required, applicants may provide up to three other supporting materials such as press coverage, reviews, and other public write-ups about you and/or your work (in PDF format)

Send the completed application CD + $25 application fee (do not send cash) to:

Hamiltonian Artists
1353 U Street, NW
Suite 101
Washington DC, 20009

To learn more of what the Fellowship activities include, go to the website.              

An application fee of $25 is required   (We try not to include grants that require application fee, but because the fellowship is a two-year program offering, we thought we should tell you about it.) 

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Commits a Record $50 Million to Support Individual Performing Musicians and Artists 

We mention this grant as information to keep you current with what's going on in art world funding.  Those awarded money from the Doris Duke Foundation do not apply, they are selected by the foundation based on previous work and recognition.  And although it may not reach everyone in Jazz or Performing Arts, it is an excited opportunity that we hope may reach you in future years.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the launch of a ten-year, $50 million initiative designed to support more than two hundred individual artists in the fields of jazz, theater, and contemporary dance. 

The balance, about $14.5 million, will go to administer the program and to fund an initiative in which individual artists will pair with dance companies, theater companies and performing arts presenters for four months of residencies spread over two or three years.  At least 50 residency awards of $75,000 or $150,000 will be made, starting in 2013.

Believed to be the largest such effort in the nation, the Doris Duke Performing Artists Initiative will invest in the development and future work of individual artists by providing unrestricted multiyear cash grants. Specifically, the initiative will award fellowships to a total of one hundred artists who have won funding on a national level for at least three different projects over the past ten years, with at least one project having received support from a DDCF-funded program; fellowships to an additional one hundred artists who have demonstrated the potential to influence their respective fields but who have yet to receive significant national support; and a minimum of fifty residencies to artists at dance companies, theaters, or presenting organizations, with half of each grant going to the artist and half to the supporting organization.

To narrow the field for “leading artist” grants, the Duke Foundation will only consider artists who have had at least three projects funded by national arts grantmakers over the past 10 years, including at least one project that indirectly received money from the Duke Foundation. Until now, Duke had confined its arts giving to organizations that then mainly used their own discretion to hire or provide grants to artists while carrying out a Duke-funded project. 

Established to enable artists to take creative risks, explore new ideas, and tend to critical needs such as health care and retirement savings, the initiative represents an additional investment by DDCF in the arts above its existing commitment. Since its inception in 1996, the foundation has awarded more than $218 million to bolster the arts nationwide. 

"Think of this as a radical vote of confidence in the creativity of more than two hundred individual artists," said DDCF president Ed Henry. "At a time when support for the arts is being cut back across the country, and when most artists — the lifeblood of the field — are struggling just to stay viable project by project, we thought it was essential to step up our commitment. We want to make a contribution large enough to have an impact on the performing arts and above all to give artists their freedom — freedom to experiment, to reflect, to try something new without fear of failure."

From the  LA Times Article by Mike Boehn and Philanthropy News Digest

New York Foundation for the Arts Invites Applications for 2012 New York State Artists' Fellowships

Deadline:  December 15-16, 2011 

Fellowships are for Art, Fiction, Media, Folk and Video/Film

For more than years, the New York Foundation for the Arts has each year awarded unrestricted $7,000 Artists' Fellowships to individual originating artists living in New York State and/or Indian Nations located in New York State.

Grants are awarded in fifteen artistic disciplines, with applications accepted in five categories each year. The categories for 2011-12 cycle are Painting, Fiction, Interdisciplinary Work, Folk/Traditional Arts, and Video/Film. Painting applicants also have the option to apply for the Basil H. Alkazzi Award for Excellence in Painting, which will provide two painters with an award of $20,000 each.

Peer review panels select up to one hundred fellows each year based on artistic vision, the goal being to provide recipients with creative time to continue making work. The fellowships are not project grants but are intended to fund an artist's vision or voice regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. NYFA is committed to supporting New York State artists of diverse cultural, sexual, and ethnic backgrounds. NYFA does not discriminate based on age, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or ability/disability of artists, and welcomes work whose content reflects the lived experiences of the applicants. 

To be eligible for a fellowship, applicants must be 25 years old or older and have been a resident of New York State for at least three years prior to the application deadline. Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree program of any kind. 

Collaborating artists should apply together with one application. A collaboration is defined as up to three artists who can clearly demonstrate an ongoing collaborative career.

In 2011, NYFA awarded one hundred and four fellowships and recognized sixteen finalists. 

The application deadlines are as follows: December 15, 2011 (Painting and Fiction); and December 16, 2011 (Interdisciplinary Work, Folk/Traditional Arts, and Video/Film).

For complete fellowship guidelines and the application form go to  the website here.
Pollock-Krasner Foundation Provides Grants for Painters, Sculptors and Printmakers and Paper Artists

Deadline:  Ongoing for Artists with Financial needs.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation's dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation's mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. Artists must be actively exhibiting their current work in professional artistic venues, such as gallery and museum spaces.

The Foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, photographers, video artists, performance artists, filmmakers, crafts-makers, computer artists or any artist whose work primarily falls into these categories. The Foundation does not make grants to students or fund academic study. The Foundation does not make grants to pay for past debts, legal fees, the purchase of real estate, moves to other cities, personal travel, or to pay for the costs of installations, commissions or projects ordered by others. 

The Officers and Directors are advised in the selection process by a distinguished Committee of Selection comprised of recognized specialists in the fields of the Foundation's concern. Artists are required to submit a cover letter, an application, and images of current work. Professional exhibition history will be taken into consideration. All completed applications will be promptly acknowledged and considered. If further information is required after the completed application has been received, the artist will be contacted directly by the staff. Further information including financial data may be requested at any time during the review process. The application process could take from nine months to a year.

Applicants may reapply to the Foundation. All reapplicants must send images of work not previously submitted. The procedure requires that grantees who reapply must wait 12 months from the end of their grant period. Reapplicants who were previously declined must wait at least 12 months from the date of their application letter to reapply. The 12-month waiting period may be waived for reapplicants applying under emergency circumstances.

Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship

Deadline: November 14, 2011.

Applications are now available for the 2012 Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowships (SATF).

The Surdna Foundation invites arts teachers from public arts high schools to apply for funding for artistic development through its Arts Teachers Fellowship Program (SATF). Eligible schools include specialized public arts high schools, as well as arts-focused, magnet and charter high schools. The program offers teachers the opportunity to immerse themselves in their own creative work, interact with other professional artists, and stay current with new practices.

Recognizing that such teachers often lack the time and resources to reconnect with the artistic processes they teach, the Arts Teachers Fellowship Program provides grants of $5,500 to enable selected teachers to make art with professionals in their disciplines and stay current with new practices and resources. A complementary grant of $1,500 is awarded to each Fellow's school to support related post-Fellowship activities