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. It has several specific initiatives and programs for writers through which it funds criticism and general writing about the visual arts.
IP TAKE: Writers of various genres (blogs, articles, books, alternative media, and short form media) are welcome, but they must have a very specific focus on contemporary art to receive funds from Warhol. Grantseekers should be sure they have done their homework before seeking support.
PROFILE: 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.” It supports 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.
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