Harpo Foundation

The Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support emerging visual artists. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and to encourage new modes of thinking about art. We view the definitions of art and artist to be open-ended and expansive.

The Foundation’s grant program awards 7-10 grants annually. Grants are made directly to artists to support their development and to non-profit organizations in support of new work by artists. The Foundation also supports two residency fellowship programs. The Native American Residency Fellowship program provides residency opportunities at the Vermont Studio Center to support the development of artists and the potential for inter-cultural dialog. The Emerging Artist Residency Fellowship program supports residency opportunities at the Santa Fe Art Institute for visual artists 25 years and older who need time and space to explore ideas and start new projects.

The deadline to submit an application for the 2020 grant cycle has passed. The next deadline will be in April 2021. The deadline date will be posted in January 2021. The online application will open in February 2021.

GRANTS FOR VISUAL ARTISTS
The award provides direct support to under-recognized artists 21 years or older.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE
The deadline to submit an application for the 2020 grant cycle has passed. The next deadline will be in April 2021. The deadline date will be posted in January 2021. The online application will open in February 2021.

To apply, a $15 application fee is required. Fees are applied to grant administration and program development.

ELIGIBILITY
Self-defined under-recognized visual artist 21 years or older
United States citizen
Students who are enrolled in an undergraduate/graduate program are not eligible.
Not a previous recipient of a direct artist grant from Harpo.
Artists who have been supported by an organizational grant from Harpo in the past are eligible to apply for a direct grant.

CRITERIA
Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under-recognized by the field.

 

FUNDING DECISIONS
Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors, following review of applications by independent professional advisors. Awards are made of up to $10,000. The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Grants are made to support the development of artists’ work and a grantee may use their award to support any activity toward that purpose.

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