ArtsMemphis, is pleased to offer six $5,000 ArtsAccelerator Grants in 2019 to visual artists living and working in Shelby County. The ArtsAccelerator Grants are incentive grants for visual artists who are at a critical juncture in their careers and are intended to deepen and expand artistic work to advance the grant recipient’s artistic accomplishments. The ArtsAccelerator Program supports artists working in any media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation art, performance art, video art, or social practice (as defined below).
The ArtsAccelerator Program enables ArtsMemphis to demonstrate the value of visual artists’ work to our region by supporting working artists in their artistic practice. We believe this program contributes to the vitality of our artistic community and helps Memphis attract and retain a vibrant creative class.
ArtsMemphis values inclusion and equity. When evaluating applications, judges will be instructed to consider historically underserved populations. Minimally two of the six ArtsAccelerator Grants, will be awarded to artists of color (as defined below). Also, minimally one of the artists awarded a grant will be an emerging artist (as defined below).
Please note that this is a competitive process. Last year, 108 artists applied for the five ArtsAccelerator Grants, meaning that less than 5% of applicants received funding.
The 2019 guidelines are outlined below. Note that guidelines may be amended annually.
You aren’t required to attend a workshop in order to apply for an ArtsAccelerator Grant...BUT it is highly recommended. This is your opportunity to ask questions, learn from past grantees, and get helpful tips for your application. Each session is one hour. More workshops are being scheduled, please check back for updates.
To download the workshop presentation, please click here.
Final funding decisions are made by a panel of judges living and working outside of Memphis & Shelby County. The panel of judges is identified by members of the ArtsMemphis’ Artist Advisory Council, which facilitates the ArtsAccelerator Program with ArtsMemphis staff.
Judges review and evaluate each eligible application using the following 100-point rating scale. Applicants should address these specific criteria when answering narrative questions in the grant application.
1. Need & Impact (Max.: 40 points)
2. Artistic merit, strength of the applicant’s work (Max.: 40 points)
3. Professionalism (Max.: 20 points)
Social practice: Art that is collaborative, often participatory and involves people as the medium or material of the work. Social Practice (or Socially Engaged) art focuses less on aesthetics and more on creating collaborations within communities to bring about heightened awareness of societal issues.
Artist of color: An artist who is not white or of European heritage.
Artistic merit: Extent to which the work deepens and extends the arts' value, including the ability to foster new connections and to exemplify creativity and innovation.
Clarity of proposal: Clarity means you understand what you’re thinking and your reader not only understands your writing, but understands that you understand the problem or issue you are addressing. Note that the formality is different from the clarity of the writing. Even when writing formally, let some personality come through. Don’t try to sound “professional” by using fancy words and jargon.
Emerging Artist: Artists who have created work in their discipline outside of an academic degree program for five years or less and are early in their artistic careers, regardless of age. Emerging artists have not yet received significant recognition, such as exhibitions, critical reviews, commissions, performances, other grant awards, residencies, fellowships, productions or productions; and do not have sustained income derived from art sales, commissions or other income related to art production.
A panel of three judges from outside Memphis/Shelby County will review and score all applications, using the review criteria as their guide. Top scoring applicants will be reviewed and discussed by the judges to determine the grant award recipients.
Alicia Henry received her B.F.A. at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and her M. F.A. at Yale University School of Art. She also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Henry has received numerous awards, grants, and residencies, for example: a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Art in General, MacDowell Art Colony and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown residencies, and recently the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in private and public collections across the country, including: Hunter Museum of American Art, Tennessee State Museum, Cheekwood Museum, and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum. She is Professor of Art in the Department of Arts and Languages at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Julian Kreimer is an artist, writer, and associate professor of Painting and Art History at SUNY Purchase College. Solo and two-person shows have included TSA LA (Los Angeles), Lux Art Institute (Encinitas, CA), and Weeknights Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), and his work has been included in group shows at Fluc space in Vienna, Hotel Pupik (Austria), and New York galleries including Curator Gallery, Alexandre Gallery, Von Lintel Gallery, and TSA. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Hyperallergic, Artcritical, Creator, and Two Coats of Paint. He is a two time fellow at both Yaddo and MacDowell Colonies and received a 2018 NYSCA/NYFA Painting Fellowship.
Charo Oquet possesses a diversified career that spans over 30 years, encompassing her work as an international, interdisciplinary artist, publisher, curator, and founding Director of Edge Zones, a non-profit organization which creates a platform for artists of all backgrounds to develop contemporary art in Miami. Oquet, featured in publications such as Atlantica and Vogue China, boasts work exhibited in Pavilion of Contemporary Art (PAC), Hollywood Arts and Culture Center, and New Zealand National Museum and, in addition, occupying the permanent collections of Modern Art Museum of Dominican Republic and Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, (CAAM); Las Palmas, Spain to name only a few. Forging connections with Miami and the Caribbean, Oquet has launched notable ongoing festivals and programs, including Miami Performance International Festival, PerforMia, and Art of Uncertainty.
Application Deadline: January 22, 2019
ArtsMemphis uses SlideRoom to receive grant applications and review portfolios for ArtsAccelerator.
You may submit questions about this grant in writing to Tracy Lauritzen Wright at [email protected].
We will begin to provide information in the FAQ document after November 1, 2018
Questions received by January 21, 2019 will be answered and included in the FAQ document.