Black Visual Arts Grant

Funded by
Maggie Kyle
Learn more about the Donor
$1,000
1 winner
Open
Application Deadline
Aug 31, 2020
Winners Announced
Sep 15, 2020
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate
Eligibility Requirements
Ethnicity:
African-American
Ethnicity:
African-American

Art reflects the culture of the times across every dimension. The famous works of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, Picasso’s Guernica, and Shepard Fairey’s Hope are visual narratives of science, religion, war, and politics respectively.

To learn about new cultures, we visit their artwork and architecture and learn through the eyes of artists. However, as with the examples listed above, we are disproportionately learning through the eyes of white artists. Williams College recently conducted a study on the diversity of artist collections in US museums and revealed 85% of the artists are white, while only 1.2% are Black.

Black artists aren’t only underrepresented throughout history. Today, 8% of visual artists are Black, while only 4% of art graduates are Black. Art, as we know it, does not provide comprehensive cultural narrative until it includes more Black artists.

This grant is for a Black student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in studio and/or visual arts.

Diversity and Inclusion
Selection Criteria:
Visual Art Portfolio
$1,000
1 winner
Open
Application Deadline
Aug 31, 2020
Winners Announced
Sep 15, 2020
Education Level
Undergraduate, Graduate

Scholarship application essay

Essay Topic

Through a short essay and portfolio submission, please share how your work as a visual artist intersects with culture.

500–1000 words

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