Artist Opportunities with Upcoming Deadlines in April and May, 2020

Every month Creative Capital compiles a list of residencies, grants, and exhibition open calls to support in all disciplines. Despite the effects of COVID-19, many organizations are continuing to offer open applications, including the Arts Writers Grant Program. Their application, supporting visual arts writers with grants in articles, books, and short-form writing, is open now through May 20.

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The Watermill Center Artist Residency Program
Water Mill, New York
Deadline: April 3, 2020

Residents who participate in this two to six week program receive access to 20,000 square feet of rehearsal and design spaces and outdoor stages, a theater production archive, and more.


Korea Arts Foundation of America Award
Deadline: April 10, 2020

Artists who are either US citizens of Korean ancestry, or Koreans with permanent residency status in the US are welcome to apply for this award worth $15,000.


New York, New York
Deadline: April 10, 2020
New York City-based artists with a child between the ages of 5 and 13 can apply for this summer residency provide studio space, free tuition to Abrons Arts Camp for 1 child, a stipend, administrative resources, and opportunities for intergenerational interaction for 6 weeks.

Westmoreland Museum of American Art Open Call
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Deadline: April 10, 2020

This open call is designed for artists in near the Westmoreland Museum region to create a public art campaign. Artists chosen will receive a $5,000 project budget to make the work.


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Knockdown Center
Maspeth, New York
Deadline: April 12, 2020

Through an open proposal process, the Knockdown Center offer artists, curators, and organizers the freedom to challenge traditional notions of presentation and reception.


Climate in Crisis Residencies at A Studio in the Woods
New Orleans, Louisiana
Deadline: April 13, 2020

These residencies invite artists of all disciplines to examine the severity of the climate crisis and be agents of change to guide our collective understanding, response, and vision. Rising Residencies provide artists with time, space, scholarship and staff support to foster critical thinking and creation of new works, including a $2,500 stipend and $2,000 materials budget.


Bemis Center for Contemporary Artists Residency
Omaha, Nebraska
Deadline: April 15, 2020

National and international artists are welcome to apply to this residency, featuring a generous sized, private live/work studios. Residents will also receive funding for travel, and a $1,000 stipend.


Deadline: April 15, 2020
This residency, open to artists working in all visual arts disciplines, provides a secluded space to work. Located on 600 acres in the north Georgia mountains, each artist has a private studio & living space, with communal meals provided four nights a week.

The Steel Yard Residency Program
Providence, Rhode Island
Deadline: April 17, 2020

Open to emerging and mid-level artists working in metals, light metals, ceramics and foundry, this residency provides studio space, tools, and resources for forging, molding, and welding for a month or a year.


Guttenberg, New Jersey
Deadline: April 19, 2020
Visual artists can apply for winter and summer residencies. Selected artists will receive a stipend of $1,200 to cover materials and travel, and 24/7 access for three months to a professionally equipped workspace for printmaking, a dark room for photography, and ceramics facilities.


North Dakota Museum of Art Open Call
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Deadline: April 20, 2020

In the Age of “social distancing” this open call invites artists to participate in an experimental exhibition entitled Art in Isolation.


Granite Falls City Artist in Residence
Granite Falls, Minnesota
Deadline: April 26, 2020

This residency fosters allows artists to be embedded in the city of Granite Falls for six to 12 months to design and implement arts and cultural strategies to increase civic participation and community engagement in city policy-making, planning and public processes.


Fredericktown, Ohio
Deadline: May 1, 2020
Located in a 100-year-old factory building in rural Ohio, this residency program offers emerging and established artists the time, space, and environment to encourage growth and experimentation in their practice.

Deadline: May 1, 2020
This grant welcomes early career artists who are producing major performance art works in New York. Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000.

Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship
Deadline: May 6, 2020

This fellowship supports Minnesota or New York City-based artists, early in their careers with $50,000 over two consecutive years to support creation of new work, artistic development, and professional artistic career development.

Rose Fellowship
Deadline: May 10, 2020

Architects, socially-engaged creative practitioners, teaching artists, and culture bearers working in all disciplines can apply for this fellowship. The program partners architects and artists with local community development organizations to develop an inclusive approach that creates and preserves sustainable, healthy and affordable communities.

AFIELD Mentorship Program
Deadline: May 12, 2020

Artists will be granted $1,500 of seed funding to develop their initiatives and will receive advice from a mentor, meant to encourage and support early initiatives in their initial development.

Key West, Florida
Deadline: May 18, 2020

This community-based, one month residency is open to visual artists, writers, composers, performers, and interdisciplinary artists. The program is built upon the hope that visiting artists will take inspiration from Key West’s people and rich artistic culture.

RedLine Artist Residency
Denver, Colorado
Deadline: May 29, 2020

This residency offers two-year residencies for emerging, contemporary artists. Residents receive mentorship, career development, and promotion, and all artists receive fully subsidized studio spaces.


Abrons Artist Residency
New York, New York
Deadline: May 22, 2020

This residency offers four New York City-based visual artists a nine-month residency, which includes a studio, visits with curators and arts workers, a $3,000 unrestricted stipend, a culminating group exhibition in Abrons’ galleries, and more.


The Burke Prize
Deadline: May 31, 2020

Museum of Art and Design’s Burke Prize, worth an unrestricted $50,000, is a contemporary art prize for a new generation of artists working in a world of expanded media with a foundation in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood.


Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise
Deadline: June 10, 2020

Immigrant directors, editors, screenwriters, producers and cinematographers working across a variety of genres including narrative, documentary, experimental or animation, are invited to apply for this prize.


Stochastic Labs Summer Residency
Berkeley, California
Deadline: rolling basis

The Stochastic Labs offers fully-sponsored residencies to engineers, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs from around the world. Residencies include a private apartment at the mansion, co-working and/or dedicated work space, shop access, a $1k monthly stipend and a budget for materials.


Rauschenberg Emergency Grant
Deadline: rolling basis

NYFA and the Rasuchenberg Foundation have teamed up to offer visual and media artists and choreographers in the US grants of up to $5,000 for medical related emergencies.


Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
Deadline: rolling basis

Do you have an unanticipated opportunity to present your work? Did you incur an unexpected expense that you didn’t budget for? The Foundation for Contemporary Arts offers Emergency Grants between $200 and $2,500 for visual and performing artists. They review applications once a month, so you can quickly take advantage of momentum or solve any budget errors.


Joan Mitchell Emergency Grant
Deadline: rolling basis

The Joan Mitchell Foundation provides grants of up to $6,000 to US-based visual artists who have suffered significant physical losses after natural or man-made disasters.


Gottlieb Emergency Grant Program
Deadline: rolling basis

This emergency grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.


Rhizome Microgrant Program
Deadline: rolling basis

The microgrant program awards $500–$1,500 to proposals with a compelling vision for net art, which considers political radicalization and the internet.


Other Resources

Artists that have lost income, health-related expenses, or any other issues related to COVID-19 should check out our list of resources, updated daily.

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