ArtsAccelerator: An Incentive Grant for Visual Artists

ArtsMemphis is pleased to offer five $5,000 ArtsAccelerator grants annually to visual artists in Shelby County. The ArtsAccelerator Fund is intended to offset expenses related to a project or opportunity that will enhance an artist’s overall body of work or career. ArtsAccelerator supports 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.”

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

More than 60 artists applied during the last cycle. The 2016 grantees are: Paula Kovarik, Lawrence Matthews III, Madsen Minax, Michael Roy and Laurel Sucsy. The funding will help 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.

To receive email notifications about the 2017 ArtsAccelerator grant, including deadlines and workshop information, sign up here. Details will be announced in September, 2016.

Artist Advisory Council

Through a thorough research process and peer city comparison, the Artist Advisory Council helped ArtsMemphis develop this program in 2013 to provide real and accessible support for visual artists. 

Current Council Members include:

Maysey Craddock (Co-Chair and ArtsMemphis Board member)
Joel Parsons (Co-Chair)
Brittney Bullock
Melissa Dunn
Whitney Hardy
Mary Jo Karimnia
Terry Lynn
Grace Stewart
Kathy Gale Uhlhorn


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.