By "contemporary visual art," we mean visual art made since World War II. Projects on post-WWII work in adjacent fields—architecture, design, film, theater/performance, sound, etc.—will only be considered if they directly and significantly engage the discourses and concerns of contemporary visual art. Projects with a pre-WWII component will only be considered if the project’s main focus is contemporary.
Who is eligible to apply?
We have an open-submission application process; all writers who meet the eligibility requirements can apply. Please read both the general and the project-specific eligibility requirements.
To be eligible for this grant, an arts writer must be
- an individual;
- an art historian, artist, critic, curator, journalist, or practitioner 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;
- at least twenty-five years old;
- a published author (specific publication requirements vary depending on grant category; see the “information by project type” section on the application page). Please note that work published in college newspapers and undergraduate student-run publications will not be considered toward this requirement
An arts writer is NOT eligible for this grant if he or she is
- applying on behalf of an organization;
- applying for a project in which his or her 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 writing an interpretive essay on his or her own work;
- an artist whose proposed project does NOT directly address contemporary visual art (a piece of writing by an artist does not automatically qualify as “arts writing” in this context);
- applying to write a series of articles;
- 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;
- a grantee of the Arts Writers Grant Program
- a current employee, consultant, board member, or funder of Creative Capital or the Warhol Foundation, or an immediate family member of such a person.