Grants to Artists Application

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.

 

2020 Grants - Application Timelines

Literary, Performing and Visual Artists

  • Open for Online Submissions:  Monday November 2nd, 2020 
  • Deadline for Submissions:  Monday November 30th, 2020       (11:59pm PST)
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Student Artists in Literary, Performing and Visual (High School & Undergraduate)

 
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Grant Categories

Student Arts Grant

Undergraduate and high school art student.
$500

Literary Arts Grant

Prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, playwriting and screenplays.
$1,000

Performing Arts Grant

Dancer, musician, comedian, theater artist and performance poetry.
$1,000

Visual Arts Grant

Crafts, drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, photography, sculpture and media arts.
$1,000

Grant Application 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.

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

Click here to become a Sierra Arts Foundation member.
  • 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.

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)

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 (Your Last name and First name)

  • 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

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 and 5 minutes in duration.  Provide a five second buffer between segments.  Preference is a YouTube™ or Vimeo™ video link.

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

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

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 (Your Last name and First name)

  • 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

Art Student Grant – $500

Art Students attending their senior year of high school or art students enrolled as an undergraduate are encouraged to apply for a Sierra Arts Foundation $500 Student Grant.

Required Documents:
  1. Completed Electronic Grant Application
  2. Resume
  3. ID/Drivers License Photocopy
  4. Artist Bio
  5. Artist Statement
  6. Cover Letter
  7. Work Samples

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 (Your Last name and First name)

  • 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 and 5 minutes in duration.  Provide a five second buffer between segments.  Preference is a YouTube™ or Vimeo™ video link.

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 (Your Last name and First name)

  • 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

For more information about Grants to Artists, please call or email Tia Flores, Program Director at tia@sierraarts.org

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In 1987 Sierra Arts Foundation began awarding grants to artists of all disciplines living within a 100-mile radius.

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