Artadia Awards

Los Angeles Application
Jan 1 – Feb 1, 2021
Chicago Application
Feb 1 – March 1, 2021
New York Application
March 1 – April 1, 2021
San Francisco Application
June 1 – July 1, 2021
Atlanta Application
Sept 1 – Oct 1, 2021
Houston Application
Sept 15 – Oct 15, 2021

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

Process

Application Guidelines

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Each year, an open-call application is made available in each of the six active partner cities. 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 over 50 percent female and over 40 percent persons of color.

In addition to financial support, Awardees can participate in the Artadia Network to receive structured opportunities for valuable new connections and resource sharing; receive a dedicated webpage on Artadia’s online Artist Registry; and access to a fiscal sponsorship. Connections fostered by Artadia have facilitated major steps in Awardees’ careers, such as inclusion in prominent exhibitions (e.g. five Awardees were featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, and six in 2019).

Beyond Artadia’s anchored program cities, we offer periodic awards with partners such as NADA, EXPO, and Prospect New Orleans.

THE ARTADIA PROCESS

1. OPEN CALL
The Artadia application is open for one month in each program city, is free to apply and open-call.

2. APPLICATION REVIEW
A jury of three curators assembled by Artadia, including one locally based curator, reviews all applications and determines a short list of six Finalists.

3. ROUND TWO STUDIO VISITS
A second jury, assembled by Artadia, made up of one juror from the application review and one new juror conducts virtual studio visits with each Finalist for 45 minutes.*

4. AWARDEES IDENTIFIED
Following the studio visits, the second round jury will designate three Awardees to receive unrestricted funds of $10,000*, as well as access to the Artadia Network. Awardees are determined based on the sole discretion of the jury. *Marciano Artadia Awardee receives unrestricted funds of $25,000.

For their time and labor in the application process, Artadia provides stipends to each Finalist ultimately not chosen as an Awardee.

Application Guidelines
Eligibility
Media Files
Descriptions
Physical Submissions
Collaborations
  • Applicants must be a contemporary visual artist, making artwork for presentation in a contemporary art context: museum, galleries, arts non-profit, the public art realm, etc. Artadia does not fund filmmakers making films for distribution in cinematic venues, or those working in choreography presented outside of a contemporary art context.
  • Applicants must be currently living and working within the city’s eligible counties and resided there for at least two years prior to the application deadline.* 
  • Not currently be enrolled in an art-related degree program, nor be planning to attend an art-related degree program in the coming year.
  • Not be related to Artadia staff or directors in any way.
  • Have not received an Artadia Award or an award from The Art Council for $5,000 or more in the past.
  • If you are enrolled in a long-term artist residency program, please note you are only eligible to apply in the Award city where you permanently reside. Additionally, you must make yourself available to meet with jurors for a 45 minute virtual studio visit should you be chosen as a Finalist.
  • Unless applying as a collaborative, you must be the sole conceptual author of the artwork submitted in the application; if there are collaborators that share authorship of submitted work they must be clearly identified and credited.

*If you have temporarily relocated due to COVID-19 please email us at info@artadia.org

IMAGE FILES

  • You must submit eight images
  • All images must be formatted as .jpg files
  • File names may be numbered in order from 01 to 08 followed by _ (underscore), and the title of the work
  • The maximum file size for each image is 2 MB
  • The image size should be no larger than 1240 x 1240 pixels
  • Images should be in RGB colorspace (sRGB preferred)
  • File names must include the “.jpg” extension

TIME-BASED MEDIA FILES

  • Video submissions are limited to video art, animation, and performance documentation
  • Video submissions can only be up to 3 minutes total
  • Dance or choreography presented outside of a contemporary art context are not eligible
  • 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 the collaborative must agree to apply for the Artadia Award and approve the use of all application materials.
  • All members of a collaborative team must reside in the corresponding city and meet all other eligibility requirements.
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 six finalists to receive virtual studio visits, from which the three Awardees will be selected.

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 Counties

Chicago

Cook County

Houston

Harris County

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County

New York City

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

San Francisco Bay Area

Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties 

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.