GRANTS FOR ARTISTS: call for applications

The Grants for Artists program fosters Oklahoma’s visual artistic creative excellence. The grants committee supports the mission of OVAC and scores submissions based on the merit of each application according to the pertinent grant category and its associated criteria.Grants for Artists help individual Oklahoma artists create visual art for public presentation, develop their professional practices, and lead community projects.Grants are open to artists working in visual-based mediums, curation, and art writing.

Applications are reviewed three times throughout the year and are due by 11:59 pm on January 15th, March 15th, or October 15th.

Professional Basics grants fund up to $500 and are for the essentials of an art practice such as quality artwork samples, display/framing, shipping, travel to professional events, website development, etc. Applications are evaluated by measuring the quality of the proposed project, ability to complete project, and relevance based on portfolio.


Eligible artists must be 21 years or older, not currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program, Oklahoma residents, and must not have received grant funding from OVAC within the past year.

__Completed application form below
__Artist Resume or CV
__Artist/Writer/Curator Statement (250 words)
__5-10 Artwork samples or URL for video artwork. For video, include up to 3 minutes total
__Image list, and if applicable, include file name, medium, date, and dimensions
__Timeline identifying major milestones to completion
__Balanced Budget, meaning expenses are equal to income
__Secured or potential venues


- Applications must be received by January 15th, March 15th, or October 15th

- Committee will review applications following the deadline

- You will be notified of our decision within 4 weeks of the deadline

- Accepted applicants will receive payment approximately 2 weeks after being notified and submitting paperwork

- Grant projects must occur after grant is awarded and within one year of receiving grant funds



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