Wyoming Arts Council: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Wyoming Arts Council supports visual arts projects within the state.

IP TAKE: Grant seekers applying to these grants will have to compete with arts organizations from all other disciplines. Those with a local or regional connection to their work will likely be the most successful.

PROFILE: Created in 1967, the Wyoming Arts Council is a state agency that promotes arts programming throughout the state. It seeks to provide “leadership” and invest “resources to sustain, promote and cultivate excellence in the arts.” The arts council provides visual arts support through a series of grants and Visual Arts Fellowships .

The community support grants provide operational support for organizations or projects that help to bring the arts to their community. They are competitive and are awarded according to a formula, “based on the score of the grants during the panel process.” Grantees receive up to $20,000; individual artists are ineligible.

Rural Arts Access Grants provide “project funding for geographically isolated and rural areas with a population of less than 3,000.” Grant amounts go up to $750, and individual artists are ineligible.

Professional Development/Career Advancement Grants are “designed to help grow the capacity of organizations and individuals that work in, and support the arts. Grantees can receive up to $750, and individual artists are eligible, but can only receive one grant every other year. See the list of criteria here.

Mentoring Project Grants “are designed to support the transmission of Wyoming’s finest Traditional and Folk skills. Both grantees, master and apprentice, must apply together and must be residents of Wyoming for at least two years. Funded projects will receive $3,000.

Visual Arts Fellowships are “based on the artist’s portfolio, honoring the work of Wyoming visual artists whose work reflects serious and exceptional aesthetic investigation. Fellowship winners are expected to exhibit their work in the Wyoming Arts Council Biennial Exhibit.

Applying organizations must be either a 501(c) non-profit organization or a government agency. New grant seekers can see grant data and a list of past grantees here and a helpful checklist of things to do before beginning an application here.

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