Artadia is a national nonprofit organization that identifies innovative visual artists and supports them with unrestricted, merit-based financial awards, and connections to a network of opportunities.  

The organization was founded in San Francisco in 1997 by philanthropists and art collectors in response to the elimination of grants given to individual artists from the National Endowment for the Arts. The inaugural Artadia Awards were presented to artists in 1999. Artadia’s headquarters were subsequently moved to New York City, and Artadia has grown to encompass a constellation of six unique, urban communities: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco. For nearly 20 years, Artadia has presented over $3 million in unrestricted, curator-driven, merit-based financial Awards to more than 320 artists in our six participating cities.