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Artist Call – William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts Invites Applications From African-American Artists for 2013 Johnson Prize

Deadline: September 23, 2013

The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts was established in 2001 in honor of William H. Johnson, an American artist known primarily for his Scandinavian landscapes and his witty and poignant depictions of African-American daily life.

Recognizing that minority artists often need economic assistance the foundation seeks to encourage artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the 2013 William H. Johnson Prize.

The Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early career African-American artist working in the areas of painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, and/or new genres. For award purposes, “early career” is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that the prize is awarded. For example, a person who finished their studies in 1999 is eligible to apply in 2011, but not in 2012. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as an artist for more than twelve years.

The 2013 Johnson Prize recipient will receive $25,000. The winner will be announced in December 2013.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and information about previous winners, see the William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts Web site.

Link to Complete RFP

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