Painters & Sculptors Grants

To date, Painters & Sculptors Grants have supported more than 500 artists at crucial times in their careers.

Andrea Chung, 2014 Grant Recipient, © Reginald Eldridge, Jr.

The annual Painters & Sculptors Grants provide 25 artists based in the U.S. with unrestricted funds of $25,000 each. Each spring, we invite a diverse range of artists and arts professionals to nominate artists at any career stage who:

  • are making exceptional work
  • are deserving of greater acknowledgment on a national level
  • will benefit from the recognition and funding that the award provides

Given the unexpected challenges posed by COVID-19, we recognize that artists need unrestricted funding now more than ever before. We remained committed to awarding Painters & Sculptors Grants as usual this year; the 2020 recipients were announced on October 21.

The award meant so much more than money. It meant that my practice was going in the right direction and all my years of hard work were noticed and appreciated.”

Andrea Chung, 2014 Grant Recipient

Travis Somerville, 2010 Grant Recipient, reflects on his grant award.

Eligibility & Selection Process


To be eligible to apply, artists must first be nominated by one of the Foundation’s invited grant nominators. Nominations are limited to:

  • Artists based in a U.S. state or territory
  • Primary practice is painting or sculpture
  • Not a full-time student

Selection Process

Nominated artists are invited by email to apply. Grant recipients are then selected by a jury of artists and arts professionals. By providing unrestricted funds, we give grant recipients the freedom to decide how best to further develop their work and careers.

Why do we use a nomination process?

By using a nomination process—rather than an open call for applications—the Foundation ensures a diverse pool of nominees from across the country, while maximizing the funds available for direct artist support and keeping our administrative costs low.

How can I get nominated?

We cannot advise a single strategy to be nominated; grant recipients’ career paths are incredibly diverse, and the Foundation’s programs and nominators strive to capture artists at various points of their careers. That said, be sure you are connecting with your art community: network with other artists and art organizations, hold open studios, seek out professional development opportunities, and apply for open call grants and residencies offered by other national and local organizations. All of these activities will increase the odds that one of our nominators is familiar with your work.