Artadia Awards

Los Angeles
Jan 1 – Feb 1
New York
Feb 1 – March 1
Chicago
May 1 – June 1
San Francisco
July 1 – Aug 1
Atlanta
Sept 15 – Oct 15
Houston
Oct 15 – Nov 15

The Artadia Awards provide exposure, financial support, and critical validation to artists. The merit-based awards are unrestricted, allowing artists to use the funds in any way they choose.

Apply Process Guidelines

Each year, an open-call application is made available in each of the six active partner cities for any artist who has lived within that city for a minimum of two years and is not currently enrolled in art school. Supporting artists equitably is a critical part of the Artadia Award process: we consider the unique populations of each community and are proud to reflect our country’s diversity with an Awardee pool that is 50 percent female and 33 percent persons of color.

Awardees also receive a dedicated webpage on Artadia’s online Artist Registry; studio visits with renowned curators and collectors; and regular dialogue with Artadia’s staff members, who offer guidance and facilitate valuable connections. The inclusion of Awardees in prominent exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial (five Awardees were featured in 2017, and six in 2019) attests to Artadia’s standing as a influencer and connector in the art community.

Marciano Artadia Award

In 2019, Artadia and the Marciano Art Foundation partnered to establish the Marciano Artadia Award. Open to visual artists living and working in Los Angeles County, the annual Award provides an unrestricted grant in the amount of $25,000.

For the Los Angeles Awards process, jurors will select six finalists before conducting studio visits in order to choose the three annual Los Angeles Artadia awardees: two will receive grants of $10,000, and one will receive the Marciano Artadia Award of $25,000.


NADA Artadia Award

The NADA Artadia Award is a collaborative, unrestricted Award presented annually in partnership with the New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) at their art fairs in Miami and New York. The Award recipient is chosen by a jury of two renowned curators on the opening day of the fair and announced publicly thereafter.

The selected artists receive all of the lifetime benefits of the Artadia Awards program, including access to Artadia’s national network and the option to participate in Artadia’s ongoing programs, exhibitions, and professional services. Previous NADA Artadia Awardees include Margaret Lee (2012, Miami); Meg Cranston (2013, New York); Ryan Foerster (2013, Miami); What Pipeline (2014, New York); Sergei Tcherepnin (2014, Miami); Jackie Saccoccio (2015, New York); Summer Wheat (2016, New York); Philip Smith (2016, Miami); Josh Mannis (2017, New York); Carolin Eidner (2017, Miami); Farah Al Qasimi (2018, New York); and Stéphanie Saadé (2018, Miami).

How To Apply

1. Create an account with Submittable

You can log in and out of the application 
as many times as you wish before the deadline.

2. Organize
your application materials

Media: 8 images and 3 minutes of
video (if applicable)

3. You’ll be notified when Awardees are announced

During the first-round review panel, images and videos are reviewed one at a time, in succession. Jurors select 5–6 finalists who will receive studio visits, from which the two Awardees will be selected.

THE ARTADIA PROCESS

1. OPEN CALL
An open call for image-based submissions goes out to artists who work in the program city and who have resided there for at least two years. Artists have four weeks to apply online.

2. APPLICATION REVIEW
Artadia assembles a jury of three curators, including one local expert (to provide geographical context). This jury reviews all applications, providing an exclusive opportunity for all applicants to receive increased exposure, and creates a short list of five to six finalists.

3. ROUND TWO STUDIO VISITS
Artadia assembles a second jury made up of local curators and/or artists. This group conducts studio visits with each of the shortlisted artists for up to 45 minutes.

4. AWARDEES IDENTIFIED
Of the selected finalists, the jury will designate two Awardees to receive unrestricted funds of up to $10,000*, as well as access to a lifetime of programs that offer critical dialogue and exposure. Artadia Awards provide the most substantial and impactful level of fiscal and creative support possible. Artadia Awardees demonstrate the principles of merit to the highest degree as defined by Artadia and as determined by the jury.

The application process is open to all visual artists who:

  • Are not currently enrolled in an art-related degree program or long-term residency, nor planning to attend an art-related degree program or long-term residency in the coming year
  • Not related to Artadia staff or directors in any way
  • Have not received an Artadia (formerly The ArtCouncil Inc.) Award for $10,000 or more in the past
  • Have resided in the program city for at least two years prior to the application deadline
  • Live and work in designated partner cities

*Marciano Artadia Awardee receives unrestricted funds of  $25,000.

Submission Guidelines
Video Files
Descriptions
Physical Submissions
Collaborations
  • Video submissions are limited to video art, animation, and performance documentation.
  • Feature-length commercial films and documentaries, music videos, and commercial music projects are not eligible.
  • Please do not send documentation of sculpture or other works as video. If time-based media is not your primary medium, DO NOT use this option.
  • If you choose to upload multiple videos within one file rather than one singular project, please provide timecode markers in your Image Details for each unique clip. For instance, “Video A” begins at 00:00, “Video B” begins at 02:30.
  • Within your Image Details, please use practical terms to describe medium. Elaborate specific materials rather than listing “mixed media.”
  • Please be straightforward and clear, the more specific you are, the more a juror will be able to understand about your work.
  • Media: 8 images and 3 minutes of video (if applicable)
  • Image Details: Title, year, medium, dimensions for images and/or video submitted
  • C.V.: An artist’s resume containing exhibition history and bibliography.
  • Artist Statement (optional): 100 words or less. Describe your work (medium, process, form, content, subject, themes, etc.)
  • Artadia does not accept physical application materials.
  • Please do not send publications, promotional material or any other supporting documentation.
  • Collaboratives are welcome to apply within a single application.
  • One person from the collaborative should be listed as the contact person for that application.
  • In the address field, please enter “c/o contact name” before street address.
  • If you are both a member of a collective and an individual artist, you may only apply once per awards cycle.
  • All members of a collaborative team must reside in the corresponding city to be eligible for the Artadia Award.
ACTIVE AWARD CITIES
Atlanta

Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton

Chicago

Cook County

Houston

Harris County

Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County

New York City

The 5 Boroughs: Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens

San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area. The 5 counties include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo

Artadia chooses to fund artists in cities that demonstrate a commitment to contemporary art. These cities are notable for the active presence of local artists in the community, art institutions recognized for innovative contemporary programming, a commercial art market that offers artists opportunities to show their work locally and at art fairs, and exemplary schools that prepare artists through undergraduate and graduate programs.