Grants 2016 William H. Johnson Prize
U.S. National Deadline: November 10, 2016 – The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards grants to individuals who work in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre.
The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist. For our purposes, “early-career” is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that a prize is awarded. For example, a person who finished their studies in 2004 is eligible to apply in 2016, but not in 2017. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as a professional artist for more than twelve years.
The 2016 William H. Johnson Prize is $25,000 and the winner will be announced in December 2016.
The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts was established in 2001, the centenary of the birth of William H. Johnson. Recognizing that minority artists often need economic assistance, and inspired by Johnson’s story, the Foundation seeks to encourage artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. Visual artists working in the following media are encouraged to submit applications: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and new genre. Grants are awarded at the end of the calendar year. In addition, the Foundation will support projects aimed at broadening awareness of the life and work of William H. Johnson and other African American artists, mainly through exhibitions and publications.
William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts
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