Application—Guidelines

Guidelines

The 2020 application opens on April 15.
The application deadline is May 20, 11:59 EST

We have an open application process; all writers who meet the eligibility requirements can apply. The general eligibility requirements are listed below.

Some eligibility requirements, and writing sample submission word counts vary for each category, please see the pages on specific project types for details.

We recommend that you read through the Application Guide (available for download on the right-hand sidebar) before filling out the online application. To view the application questions click here.

Note: We no longer offer a grant in the blog category. However, you may include blog writing as a component of your project in the Short-Form Writing category.

If you submitted a 2019 application you can log in and view it here.

To be eligible for this grant, an arts writer must be

  • an individual;
  • applying for a project about contemporary visual art;
  • an art historian, artist, critic, curator, journalist, or a writer in an outside field who is strongly engaged with the contemporary visual arts;
  • a U.S. citizen, permanent resident of the United States, or holder of an O-1 visa (if your application advances to the final round, you will need to submit current documentation);
  • at least twenty-five years old;
  • a published author (specific publication requirements vary depending on grant category; see the project-specific eligibility requirements).

By “contemporary visual art,” we mean visual art made since World War II. Projects on post-WWII work in adjacent fields—architecture, dance, film, media, music, performance, sound, etc.—will only be considered if they directly and significantly engage the discourses and concerns of contemporary visual art.

An arts writer is NOT eligible for this grant if they are

  • applying on behalf of an organization;
  • applying for a project in which their primary involvement will be as an editor;
  • a full-time student in a degree-granting program (with the exception of those students who are simultaneously maintaining professional careers as arts writers);
  • an artist, writer, or curator writing an interpretive essay on their own practice;
  • applying for a project that is primarily fiction, poetry (including ekphrasis), or memoir; 
  • applying for a project based on a PhD dissertation or MA thesis;
  • applying to conduct a Q&A interview (or series of Q&A interviews);
  • applying to assemble an archive or database;
  • applying for a project on Andy Warhol;
  • applying for a project that will be published by a commercial gallery;
  • applying for a Creative Capital Award for any project in the same grant year (including as a collaborator);
  • applying with the same project for which they have received a Creative Capital Award (including as a collaborator);
  • a grantee of the Arts Writers Grant Program;
  • a current employee, consultant, board member, or funder of Creative Capital or the Andy Warhol Foundation, or an immediate family member of such a person.
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