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Grants to Artists

Grants to Artists are administered by a confidential nomination and selection process. Applications and unsolicited nominations are not accepted. In addition to the below, please read the FAQs for more information.

FCA awards Grants to Artists in the following fields: dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. Artists are suggested and selected by their peers in a two-stage process. Each year, FCA invites dozens of distinguished artists and arts professionals to serve as nominators and propose one exceptional individual, collective, or performing group whom they feel deserves and will benefit from an unrestricted $40,000 award. Nominators are selected by field, but are free to propose artists working in any of the five areas supported. They are asked to remain anonymous. A selection panel chooses grant recipients on the basis of the merit and imaginativeness of their work and the effect such recognition and support might have at this point in their careers.

Although most artists who receive support live and work in the United States, grants may be awarded internationally. The number of selections made in any of the five fields is determined by the strength of the candidates and FCA's resources in any given year. The grants are not designated for specific projects. Rather, they are intended to provide recipients with the financial means to engage in whatever artistic endeavors they wish to pursue, to research and develop ideas, embark on projects, and complete projects already under way. At the end of the year, artists are asked to describe how the grant was used.

The 2021 Grants to Artists awards are $40,000 each; learn more about the twenty 2021 Grants to Artists recipients. The Directors of FCA were joined in the grant selection process by Vice President, Education and Public Programs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Naima Keith; poet, curator, and performance artist Jaamil Olawale Kosoko; Curator at The Kitchen Matthew Lyons; and musician/sound composer Zeena Parkins. Advising the selection committee on the Poetry category were poet Stacy Szymaszek and poet, performer, and educator Edwin Torres.

The following Grants to Artists awards are endowed or funded by artist foundations:

Merce Cunningham Award
Helen Frankenthaler Award for Painting
Roy Lichtenstein Award
Robert Rauschenberg Award
Dorothea Tanning Award
Cy Twombly Award for Poetry
C.D. Wright Award for Poetry

Grants to Artists

2017 grantee Adrienne Truscott, performance still from FCA-supported This, at New York Live Arts, New York, 2017. Photo by Paul B. Goode.

Grants to Artists

2018 grantee EJ Hill, installation view of FCA-supported Excellent, Mollitia, Victoria, in Made in LA, at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2018. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Grants to Artists

2016 grantee Jack Ferver, performance still from FCA-supported I Want You To Want Me, at The Kitchen, New York, 2016. Photo by 2013 grantee Paula Court.

Grants to Artists

2016 grantee Tina Satter, performance still from FCA-supported Ghost Rings, at New York Live Arts, New York, 2016. Photo by Maria Baranova.

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