You may apply for a grant in one of the five following project types: Article, Blog, Book, New and Alternative Media, and Short-Form Writing. We strongly suggest you download and review the 2012 Application Guide [PDF] before beginning your application. This guide contains all the information you will need to prepare your application.
2012 GRANT CALENDAR
- April 23: Grant application opens
- June 6: Grant application closes
- Sept 17: Finalists notified
- Dec 3: Grantees announced
ABOUT THE GRANT PROGRAM
The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program supports writers whose work addresses contemporary visual art through project-based grants issued directly to individual authors. The first program of its kind, it was founded in recognition of both the financially precarious situation of arts writers and their indispensable contribution to a vital artistic culture. The Arts Writers Grant Program aims to support the broad spectrum of writing on contemporary visual art, from general-audience criticism to academic scholarship.
Through all its grants, regardless of topic or project type, the Arts Writers Grant Program strives to honor and encourage writing about art
• that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent, and precise;
• in which a keen engagement with the present is infused with an appreciation of the historical;
• that is neither afraid to take a stand nor content to deliver authoritative pronouncements, but serves rather to pose questions and to generate new possibilities for thinking about, seeing, and
• that is sensitive to both the importance and difficulty of situating aesthetic objects within their broader social and political contexts;
• that does not dilute or sidestep complex ideas but renders accessible their meaning and value;
• that creatively challenges the limits of existing conventions without valorizing novelty as an end in itself.
The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program is spearheaded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of its broader Arts Writing Initiative and is administered by the Creative Capital Foundation.
To be eligible for this grant, an arts writer must be
• an individual;
• an art historian, artist, critic, curator, journalist, or practitioner in an outside field who is strongly engaged with the contemporary visual arts;
• a U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the United States, or holder of an O-1 visa;
• at least twenty-five years old;
• a published author (specific publication requirements vary depending on grant category). Please note that work published in college newspapers and undergraduate student-run publications will not be considered toward this requirement.
An arts writer is NOT eligible for this grant if he or she is
• applying on behalf of an organization;
• applying for a project in which his or her primary involvement will be as an editor;
• a full-time student in a degree-granting program (with the exception of those students who are simultaneously maintaining professional careers as arts writers);
• an artist writing an interpretive essay on his or her own work;
• an artist whose proposed project does NOT directly address contemporary visual art (a piece of writing by an artist does not automatically qualify as “arts writing” in this context);
• applying to write a series of articles;
• applying to conduct a Q&A interview (or series of Q&A interviews);
• applying to assemble an archive or database;
• applying for a project on Andy Warhol;
• applying for a project that will be published by a commercial gallery;
• a grantee of the Art Writers Grant Program;
• a current employee, consultant, board member, or funder of Creative Capital or the Warhol Foundation, or an immediate family member of such a person.
• New and Alternative Media
• Short-Form Writing
The program supports approximately twenty to twenty-five projects each year. Grant amounts range from $3,000 to $50,000, depending on the scope and complexity of the project.
All proposals are evaluated based on
• their appropriateness for the Arts Writers Grant Program, given its mission and guidelines;
• the capabilities of the applicant to realize the project effectively;
• the feasibility of the project.
The review process has two steps:
• Step One: each application is reviewed by two outside evaluators.
• Step Two: evaluator-recommended applications advance to a final round where grant recipients are selected by outside panelists.
You must use the online form to apply for the Arts Writers Grant. To access the application form, click on the link at the bottom of the page.
Once you open the online application, follow these steps:
- Create a 2012 user account
- Select a project type
- Fill out the required fields
- Attach writing sample PDFs
- Print and review application
Download: full application guide
For inquiries: email@example.com
For submissions: apply online here