Grants to Artists Application

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Teaching, Nurturing and Supporting Artists

Sierra Arts Foundation has provided grants to artists working in the northern Nevada and northeastern California region since 1986. The grants are intended to encourage personal artistic growth and to create innovative work in literary, performing, and visual disciplines.

The Sierra Arts Grants Committee reviews each grant application in detail, taking time to carefully assess the level of quality made evident by the artwork and performances under consideration.

2017 Grants Application Timeline

  • Open for Online Submissions:  November 2017
  • Deadline for Submissions:  Friday, January 5, 2018 (5:00pm PST)
  • Grant Recipient Announcement:  January 2018

Applications received past the deadline or lacking required materials will not be accepted.

Eligibility

Any individual artist residing within a 100 mile radius of the Sierra Arts Foundation.

Ineligible

  • Previous recipients of Grants to Artists for a period of three (3) years regardless of change in artistic discipline or classification categories.
  • Artists presented with the prestigious Rosemary MacMillian Award for Lifetime Excellence.

Grants to Artists Categories

Literary Arts Grant – $1000
Literary Arts Classifications: prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, playwriting, and screenplays.

Performing Arts Grant – $1000
Performing Arts Classifications: dancer, musician, comedian, theater artist, and performance poetry.

Visual Arts Grant – $1000
Visual Arts Classifications: crafts, drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and media arts.

Candace Garlock Emerging Curatorial Grant – $1500
Curatorial project concept for an exhibition at the Sierra Arts Gallery.

Art Student Grant – $500
Undergraduate or high school art student.

Grants to Artists Application and Instructions

Submission Procedures & Required Document

  • Online Grants to Artists Application
  • Resume
  • Artist Bio
  • Artist Statement
  • ID/Drivers License
  • Support Materials

Applications lacking required documents or support materials will not be accepted.

Documentation Guidelines

Artist Resume

Resume must showcase evidence of artistic merit and experience in exhibition programs.  This information may be categorized under the publications, lectures, presentations, artist talks, exhibitions, catalogs, etc.  In addition, list all any relevant teaching experience, artist residences, and workshops.  Include dates, places, and discipline.  (PDF Format)

  • Literary artists must provide a publications list including titles and dates of publications.
  • Performing artists must include an exhibition/performance list showcasing professional performances, dates, and locations.
  • Visual artists must include a professional exhibition list showcasing exhibition titles, dates, and locations.
  • Curators must include exhibition list showcasing exhibition titles, dates, and locations.

Artist Biography

A summarized, narrative version of the resume, but shorter and with more personality.  Bios may be used in a professional artist package, as a part of a catalogue at an exhibition, in publicity and printed programs.  (PDF Format)

Artist Statement

A short narrative that explains the artist’s intentions of their body of work, materials used, and process.  The statement must also include the goals and strategies in which the artist plans to further develop and expand an existing or new body of work.  (PDF Format)

ID/Drivers License

Photocopy of a Nevada Identification Card, Nevada Drivers License, California Identification Card, or California Drivers License.  (PDF or JPG Format)

 

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Literary Arts Grant – $1000

Classifications: prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, playwriting, and screenplays.

Five (5) Literary Work Samples

Original work typed in 12-point Arial or Helvetica font, double spaced and uploaded as a PDF format.

Works Sample File Labels

  • Last.First_01.pdf
  • Last.First_02.pdf
  • Last.First_03.pdf
  • Last.First_04.pdf
  • Last.First_05.pdf

Cover Letter (PDF) – must include the following for all five literary samples:

  • Artist’s Name
  • Literary Classification
  • Title
  • Date Written or Completed

LITERARY GRANT APPLICATION LINK

Performing Arts Grant – $1000

Classifications: dancer, musician, comedian, theater artist, and performance poetry

Three (3) Audio or Video Performance Samples

Each sample document should range between 2:00 and 5:00 minutes in duration.  Provide a five second buffer between segments.  Preference is a YouTube™ or Vimeo™ video link.  A USB flash drive may also be used and must be delivered to Sierra Arts on or before Friday, January 5, 2018 by 5:00pm PST.

Cover Letter (PDF) – must include the following for all three performance samples:

  • Artist’s Name
  • Performance Classification
  • Title
  • Time of Media

PERFORMANCE GRANT APPLICATION LINK

Visual Arts Grant – $1000

Classifications: crafts, drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and media art.

Five (5) Visual Work Samples

72 dpi image resolution and confine dimensions to 1000 pixels in any direction as a JPG format.  The combination of the five samples are not to exceed 10MB.

Work Sample File Labels

  • Last.First_01.jpg
  • Last.First_02.jpg
  • Last.First_03.jpg
  • Last.First_04.jpg
  • Last.First_05.jpg

Cover Letter (PDF) – must include the following for all five visual art samples:

  • Artist’s Name
  • Visual Classification
  • Medium
  • Title
  • Dimensions
  • Date of Completion

VISUAL ARTS GRANT APPLICATION LINK

Emerging Curatorial Grant – $1500

New Grant – Candace Garlock Emerging Curatorial Grant

Curatorial Proposal (PDF)

A 300-500 word synopsis of a curatorial concept, thematic focus, overview of the artwork to be procured, and the method in which the artwork will be exhibited at the Sierra Arts Gallery (approximately 98 feet horizontal wall space and 690 square feet floor space) in December 2018.

Budget Plan (PDF)

A detailed costs analysis of the curatorial planning process and exhibition.

Marketing Plan (PDF)

A comprehensive marketing action plan with timelines.

CURATORIAL GRANT APPLICATION LINK

Art Student Grant – $500

Undergraduate or high school art student.

Literary Arts

Classifications: prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, playwriting, and screenplays.

Four (4) Literary Work Samples

Original work typed in 12-point Arial or Helvetica font, double spaced and uploaded as a PDF format.

Works Sample File Labels

  • Last.First_01.pdf
  • Last.First_02.pdf
  • Last.First_03.pdf
  • Last.First_04.pdf

Cover Letter (PDF) – must include the following for all four literary samples:

  • Artist’s Name
  • Literary Classification
  • Title
  • Date Written or Completed

Performing Arts

Classifications: dancer, musician, comedian, theater artist, and performance poetry

Two (2) Audio or Video Performance Samples

Each sample document should range between 2:00 and 5:00 minutes in duration.  Provide a five second buffer between segments.  Preference is a YouTube™ or Vimeo™ video link.  A USB flash drive may also be used and must be delivered to Sierra Arts on or before Friday, January 5, 2018 by 5:00pm PST.

Cover Letter (PDF) – must include the following for all three performance samples:

  • Artist’s Name
  • Performance Classification
  • Title
  • Time of Media

Visual Arts

Classifications: crafts, drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, sculpture, and media art.

Four (4) Visual Work Samples

72 dpi image resolution and confine dimensions to 1000 pixels in any direction as a JPG format.  The combination of the four samples are not to exceed 10MB.

Work Sample File Labels

  • Last.First_01.jpg
  • Last.First_02.jpg
  • Last.First_03.jpg
  • Last.First_04.jpg

Cover Letter (PDF) – must include the following for all four visual art samples:

  • Artist’s Name
  • Visual Classification
  • Medium
  • Title
  • Dimensions
  • Date of Completion

ART STUDENT GRANT APPLICATION LINK

Thank you

Thanks to our sponsors and art patrons who make this program possible.

For more information about Grants to Artists, please call or email Tia Flores, Program Director at 775-329-2787 or tia@sierra-arts.org