OVERVIEW: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts' main objective is 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." Its focus is 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 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 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 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.
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