Andy Warhol Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts seeks to "foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and supporting cultural organizations that in turn, directly or indirectly, support artists and their work." It focuses on contemporary and pop art, as well as writing and writers who promote and support it.

IP TAKE: Writers and organizations must have a very specific focus on contemporary art to receive funds from Warhol. Grant seekers should be sure they have done their homework before seeking support here.

PROFILE: Founded in 1987, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts seeks to “support the creation, presentation and documentation of contemporary visual art, particularly work that is experimental, under-recognized, or challenging in nature.” The foundation funds grants for curatorial projects, artists' organizations, and cultural institutions. It also offers grants directly to individuals through its Arts Writing Initiative, and Curatorial Fellowships. It supports other grantmaking organizations through Regional Regranting and Creative Capital

It supports arts writing through its Arts Writing Initiative, administered in conjunction with Creative Capital (an organization that also receives support from Warhol). This initiative provides grants of between $5,000 and $50,000 for writers whose work focuses on contemporary visual art. 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.

Past grantees include: the Detroit Museum of Contemporary Art ($90,000), LAMOCA ($100,000), and North Carolina Museum of Art ($100,000), among 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 is best for grant seekers to familiarize themselves 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 is very much about who you know.


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