Andy Warhol Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The main objective of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is to "foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and supporting cultural organizations that in turn, directly or indirectly, supports artists and their work." Following in its namesake's legacy, its focus is on contemporary and pop art, as well as writing and writers who promote and support it.

IP TAKE: Writers and artist organizations must have a very specific focus on contemporary art to receive funds from Warhol, so be sure you've done your homework before venturing into these waters.

PROFILE: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts offers grants for curatorial projects, artists' organizations, and cultural institutions. It also offers grants directly to individuals through its Arts Writing Initiative, and Curatorial Fellowships. And it supports other grantmaking organizations through Regional Regranting and Creative Capital

The Arts Writing Initiative provides grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 for writers whose work focuses on the contemporary visual art world. These grants are issued directly to individual authors and are intended to cover the costs associated with research and writing. Applications are typically accepted from April to May and the winners announced in December. Deadlines and applications can be viewed here.

The Curatorial Fellowships program is designed to "encourage curatorial research leading to new scholarship in the field of contemporary art." Grants of up to $50,000 are given in order to support travel, archival research, convening of colleagues, conducting interviews and providing time to write. More info can be found here.

Recent funding from the foundation includes gifts to the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art ($90,000), LAMOCA ($100,000), North Carolina Museum of Art ($100,000), and Salt Lake Art Center ($120,000), among many many other institutions. For an interactive map of past awards granted by state look here.

In general, The Warhol's grants are all made on a project-to-project basis. Most funding is given to museums, artists' organizations, and other cultural institutions. Funds are provided for exhibitions, catalogs, and other organizational activities related to "innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts." It's best to familiarize yourself with some of the people involved in the Foundation and their backgrounds, then take a look at the organizations they fund. Like many areas of the contemporary art world, it's very much about who you know.


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