Where can I find grants for visual artists?
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To get an overview of funding information and resources available to artists of all types, start by reading our Knowledge Base article: Where can I find grants for individual artists?
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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
ART WORKS Guidelines: Visual Arts
These NEA grants support visual arts activity—painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, craft, and public art—that demonstrates exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement.
Artadia supports visual artists with unrestricted financial awards that range from $5,000 to $20,000. They have programs in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. Awards are granted in participating cities on a rotating basis.
Professional Artist Magazine
Calls to Artists
Professional Artist Magazine is dedicated to providing independent visual artists from all backgrounds with the insights, encouragement and business strategies they need to make a living with their artwork.
The Artists Safety Net
Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF)
CERF is committed to supporting the careers of craft artists throughout the United States. Through business and career-strengthening programs, emergency relief support, advocacy and research CERF helps professional craft artists strengthen and sustain the
Provides assistance for professional fine artists and their families in times of emergency, disability, or bereavement.
College Art Association (CAA)
Grants and Fellowships
A listing of various opportunities, primarily in the visual arts and humanities. CAA includes among its members those who are committed to the practice of art, teaching, and research of and about the visual arts and humanities.
Photo Contest Guru
An annual list of International Photography Grants and Funds for student, amateur and professional photographers.
The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation
The Gottlieb Foundation provides individual support grants and emergency grants for painters, sculptors and printmakers who have been creating mature art for at least 10 years and who are in current financial need.
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation was established for the sole purpose of providing financial assistance to individual visual artists of established ability. Founded by Lee Krasner, an abstract artist and widow of Jackson Pollock.
Visual Arts – National Funders
Listing of organizations that provide grants for visual artists, both men and women.
The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts (Second Edition)
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How to Survive and Prosper as an Artist: Selling Yourself without Selling Your Soul (Seventh Edition)
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