Individual, professional artists may apply for an award of $5,000 to help
underwrite the costs of creating new works of exceptional quality. Awards are
granted for the creation of new, original work. The Foundation makes awards
for a specific project to originators/ creators of art and artistic production.
The Foundation does not normally make awards to artists solely for performance
(dancer, musician, actor, etc.) unless it is in the context of an original
project. This distinction should
be carefully noted before undertaking the work entailed in applying for an
AS OF 2011 - Only one application per individual may be submitted during each grant cycle.
Who May Apply:
Foundation awards are open to individual working artists who create original work
All artists must be United States citizens or
All applicants must be residents of Bexar County, Texas
12 consecutive months, as of the date of application
if awarded, applicant must maintain permanent residency in San Antonio during the grant period
Artists who are proposing projects must demonstrate one or more
of the following characteristics:
a potential for artistic growth and experimentation
significant shift in their work
challenging and innovative exploration
with new materials, concepts or creative practices and processes
artists (defined below) demonstrating high artistic quality should apply
All applicants must be 18 years old as of the date of application
Applicants must have exhibited, performed, presented and/or published artisitic work in a public context in the past three years
The Foundation will confirm applicant eligibility
Definition of Professional Artists
Individuals are considered to be professional artists if they:
earn at least part of their annual income in their artistic disciplines
consider their artistic endeavors a career
make a significant
time investment in their artistic disciplines through practice, performance
Who May Not Apply:
Members of the Foundation's Board of Directors, Advisory Board or Grants Committee (current or having served within the previous 12 months).
Members of a judging panel during the then current grant cycle.
Substantial contributors to the Foundation.
Employees or Consultants of the Foundation.
“Substantial independent contractors” of the Foundation.
Family members of the above five (5) numbered categories of Ineligible Persons.
Previous Foundation award recipients may not reapply for 5 grant cycles and must have submitted their final grant reports to the Artist Foundation in order to be considered eligible.
Any person not residing within Bexar County for a minimum of 12 successive months.
(Recipient of city of San Antonio funded grants must reside within the city limits.)
Groups of individual artists.
Full-time students or soon-to-be students.
Artists whose work is primarily commercial, decorative or craftwork in nature.
Persons under 18 years of age.
Artists who have not exhibited, performed, presented and/or published artistic work in a public context in the past three years.
Persons who are not US citizens or resident aliens.
What is Not funded:
The Foundation does not make grants to pay for:
Academic research or to fund study toward an academic professional degree.
Past debts or legal fees.
The purchase of real estate.
Moves to other cities.
The costs of installations, commissions or projects fully funded by others.
Artist’s travel unless such travel is integral to the application project.
Robert L.B. Tobin Grand Prize for Artistic Excellence:
All winners from all categories will be considered for the Robert L.B. Tobin
Grand Prize for Artistic Excellence
amount of $7,500.
The Foundation Board of Directors will select the recipient. Because of it’s special nature, and to ensure that maximum opportunity is afforded to all artists, this prize can only be awarded once in an artist’s lifetime.