An Incentive Grant for Visual Artists

To learn more about 2013, 2014, 2016 Visual Artist Support grantees, click here.

Five Memphis artists working in the field of visual arts have been selected by ArtsMemphis to receive ArtsAccelerator grants, which will help them ease the burden of work-related expenses.

The five artists each will receive $5,000. The 2016 grantees are: Paula Kovarik, Lawrence Matthews III, Madsen Minax, Michael Roy and Laurel Sucsy. The ArtsAccelerator funds support artists working in any media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation art, performance art, video art, or social practice.

“By supporting individual artists, we are able to provide real and accessible support for new work, and to send the message to visual artists that Memphis values their contributions to our region,” said Maysey Craddock, a member of ArtsMemphis’ board of trustees and chairman of the Artist Advisory Council. “We want to attract and retain a vibrant creative class in Memphis and contribute to the visibility of our artistic community as a whole, both regionally and nationally.”

The 2016 ArtsAccerlator grants will help the winning recipients in a variety of ways, including the purchase of materials, art-making tools, studio space, child care, and to help offset the cost of appearing at an art festival in Berlin, Germany.

More than 60 artists applied for the 2016 ArtsAccelerator grants. 

To receive email notifications about the 2016 ArtsAccelerator grant, deadlines and workshop information, sign up here.

2016 Application Information



Narrative (online form found below) and images, CV and proof of residence (sent in via email) must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. January 5, 2016


  • Applicant must be a current resident of Shelby County, Tennessee (for at least six months).
  • The ArtsAccelerator Grant will support visual artists working in any media, including but not limited to 2D and 3D work, photography, installation art, performance art, video (except film intended for cinematic release) or social practice.
  • Applicant may NOT be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program or its equivalent.
  • Individuals are eligible to receive only one grant every five years. 


Submissions will be evaluated by a selection panel made up of professional peers, invited guest jurors and representatives of ArtsMemphis.

  • Strength of the artist’s work
  • Potential impact of the proposal on the artist’s career or body of work

Grant Workshop Information

Download the grant workshop presentation, click here.

2016/17 Grant workshops: TBA


We strongly encourage you to read the Grant FAQs before applying. Please click here to download.

ArtsAccelerator Studio Visits

ArtsMemphis and the Artist Advisory Council visited the studios of each of the 2014 ArtsAccelerator grantees. These visits were not a critique of their work, but rather an open conversation about what the artists are engaged with in the studio and how the grant award has aided their creative process. Click here to view photos of the studio visits.

Artist Advisory Council

Through a thorough research process and peer city comparison, the Artist Advisory Council helped ArtsMemphis develop a grant program that provides real and accessible support for visual artists. Current Council Members include Maysey Craddock (Chair and ArtsMemphis Board member), Brittney Bullock, Melissa Dunn, Mary Jo Karimnia, and Joel Parsons.


ArtsMemphis ArtsAccelerator grant program is made possible thanks to the generous support of:

Hyde Family Foundations
Metropolitan Bank
Dianne and Myron Mall
and many other generous individuals.