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Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts – Grants

Synopsis: Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other organizational activities directly related to these areas. The program also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs. The work of choreographers and performing artists occasionally is funded when the visual arts are an inherent element of a production.

Scholarly research undertaken in the field of contemporary art is funded through Curatorial Research Fellowships. Institutionally-affiliated curators at any stage of their careers are eligible to apply and must have the formal support of their director. It is assumed that research will lead to a significant exhibition, though this is not a requirement. Grants to curators do not preclude separate proposals from sponsoring institutions in any given grant round.

Grants are also made to support efforts to strengthen areas that directly affect the context in which artists work. In 2006 the Foundation formally designated one of its grants The Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Award to recognize the work of organizations with a deep-seated commitment to preserving and defending the First Amendment rights of artists. Named in honor of the Foundation’s former Board Chair, the grant rewards outstanding advocacy, legal, and curatorial efforts on behalf of those whose rights to free expression have been challenged.

Deadlines: Sep. 1, 2012

The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency’s website:

Numerical value: No fixed limit

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