ArtsAccelerator Grants

Paintings from "Assembled" at Artspace
photo: Alyssa Kelley

What is ArtsAccelerator?

ArtsMemphis offers five $5,000 ArtsAccelerator Grants annually 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 in the Glossary).

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 five 2018 ArtsAccelerator Grants, or 40% of funds, will be awarded to artists of color (as defined below in the Glossary).  Also, minimally one of the artists awarded a grant will be an emerging artist (as defined below in the Glossary).

Application Deadline: January 16, 2018

Please note that this is a competitive process.  In 2017, 96 artists applied for the five ArtsAccelerator Grants, meaning that just 5% of applicants received a grant.

Grant guidelines noted herein apply to 2018.  Guidelines may be updated and amended annually.

2017 ArtsAccelerator Grantees

  • Haley Morris-Cafiero
  • Cat Peña
  • Christopher Reyes
  • Amanda Sparks
  • Lance Turner

Applicants were judged by three distinguished judges from outside of the MidSouth area.  Read about their projects here.

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