POUGHKEEPSIE – The Under-Recognized Artist Awards Program was created specifically to help struggling artists survive the process of establishing themselves in the art market and allow them to focus on their work.

Under-Recognized Artist Awards Program Now Accepting Applications

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation generously provided seed funding to establish this program, which will provide five winning artists each with a $3,000 cash award which can be used for art materials, equipment expenses or other career development expenses.

The deadline to apply is Jun. 30, 2017. Applications will be accepted online at: http://artsmidhudson.org/under-recognized-artists-awards-program/

The funding will provide five artists with market visibility, public exhibits, and a financial award to allow them the runway needed to create new work.

This award program supports visual artists working in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, mixed media, installation and sculpture. The most successful applicants will fit the following criteria:

  • Has a body of high-quality visual artwork sufficient for a one-person show
  • 25 years or older
  • Some experience exhibiting their work, with at least 3 gallery showings
  • Must reside in or have a studio in the following Counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, or Ulster.
  • Five artists will each receive awards of $3,000 during an awards ceremony

The award program directly supports individual artists residing and working in the Hudson Valley, who have shown that they are highly talented, producing ground-breaking art, gaining visibility, serious about their art and are dedicated to long-term career development.

  • To establish an ongoing program to assist under-recognized and emerging artists to gain visibility by providing awards that allow them to continue creating work and relieving their financial burden.
  • To showcase new work by artists, through gallery exhibitions and an online gallery.
  • To support the artists for an extended period, providing continued connections to show their work, find opportunities and funding; this pilot program will track results for three years.

An online gallery will also feature the five selected fellows and up to 100 additional applicant artists’ work on the site to assist in ongoing promotion of the program.



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