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.
Applications received past the deadline or lacking required materials will not be accepted.
Prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, playwriting and screenplays.
Dancer, musician, comedian, theater artist and performance poetry.
Crafts, drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, photography, sculpture and media arts.
Undergraduate and high school art student.
Submission Procedures & Required Document
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 current Sierra Arts Foundation member.
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)
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)
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)
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)
Cover Letter (PDF) – must include the following for all five literary samples:
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, November 1, 2019 by 5:00pm PST.
Cover Letter (PDF) – must include the following for all three performance samples:
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)
Cover Letter (PDF) – must include the following for all five visual art samples:
In 1987 Sierra Arts Foundation began awarding grants to artists of all disciplines living within a 100-mile radius.
Sierra Arts Foundation 17 S. Virginia Street Reno, NV 89501(775) 329-2787
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Tuesday through Friday
Saturday: 11:00 – 3:00