For the majority of late-career artists, professional opportunities diminish as the artists continue to age. They also begin to face a number of common concerns related to the preservation of their artwork and historical documentation. It is issues such as these that Tree of Life seeks to address by providing support for senior visual artists through the Individual Artist Grant. This grant can be for new work or special projects, studio space, website creation, cataloging art and artist’s history, archiving and storage of art, exhibitions, and catalog publication.
Tree of Life welcomes applications from artists of recognizable artistic merit, age 60 and over. Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States; applicants must work in visual media, which may include painting, sculpture, installation, works on paper, printmaking, photography, video, film, digital, or performance art; applicants must have a specific project that they wish to pursue; and applicants must have demonstrable financial need.
Tree of Life does not accept applications from organizations, institutions or corporations. Only individual artists may apply.
The defining factors in the selection process are the quality of the proposed project and the accompanying visual material, the applicant’s professional history, and the applicant’s financial need. Applicants are asked to submit a fully completed application, and the requested biographical and visual documentation.
Applications will be accepted beginning February 15, 2018. The deadline for receiving applications is 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 3, 2018. Applicants will be notified of the results on or before June 30. The grants are intended for a one-year period of time, and all grantees will be required to submit a brief report and visual documentation of their project within three months after completion. Grantees may reapply for funds after a five-year waiting period. Applicants not selected for a grant may reapply the following year.
In 2018, four grants will be awarded in the amount of $5000.00 each.
Download the below files: Grant Application Guidelines and Grant Application Form. Read both documents thoroughly before beginning the application process.
Important: Since the application is a fillable PDF form, you must save it to your desktop, before you begin typing.
Grant Application Guidelines
Grant Application Form
Image: Judith Simonian, detail of Ferry Boat (2017).