The Arts Writers grant supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. Ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 in three categories—articles, books, and short-form writing—these grants support projects addressing both general and specialized art audiences, from short reviews for magazines and newspapers to in-depth scholarly studies. We also support art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles. As long as a writer meets the eligibility and publishing requirements, they may apply.
To be eligible, applicants can be an individual applying applying for a project about contemporary visual art, an art historian, artist, critic, curator, journalist, or a writer in an outside field who is strongly engaged with the contemporary visual arts, or be a published author (specific publication requirements vary for each project type). Applicants must also be at least 25 years of age and be either a US resident, permanent resident, or hold an O-1 visa. Applications run from April until the due date. Finalists are notified in October and grantees are announced in November.