Thursday, July 1, 2010

Summerfair Accepting Applications for Artist Grants

Summerfair Cincinnati, the non-profit arts organization with offices in Anderson Township, has announced that applications are now available for the 2010 Aid to Individual Artists (AIA) Grant Program. Selected artists will each receive a grant of $3,000 for use in the creation of new works. In addition to receiving the grant monies, artists selected will be invited to participate in a future exhibition. To qualify for the grant, artists must reside within a 40-mile radius of Cincinnati and be at least 18 years of age. Applications are available online at Applications must be postmarked by Friday, August 27, 2010 to be eligible.

To apply, eligible applicants –practicing artists, fine craftsmen and art school students (in a degree granting program with a faculty sponsor) –need to submit both CD-ROM and printed applications. Each application should include artwork images, resume of education and professional achievements, full contact information, and answers to application questions.

Grants will be awarded based on the artistic excellence of the work submitted for review. Judges, brought in from outside the greater Cincinnati area, look for innovation in style and concept as well as the relationship of the works submitted to current standards in the field. Projects are purposely left flexible to respond to artists’ ideas, dreams and needs; however, the goal of the program is to aid the artists’ career development.