The Harpo Foundaton Grants for Visual Artists award provides direct support to under-recognized artists of any age.

Application Process and Deadline

The deadline for eligible artists to apply is May 6, 2014 (11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time). Applicants must use this online application to submit the following:

  • Artist resume
  • Artist statement
  • Work samples (up to 20)


  • Self-defined under recognized visual artist
  • United States citizen
  • Not enrolled in a degree program
  • Not a previous Harpo grantee


Applications are evaluated on the basis of the quality of the artist’s work, the potential to expand aesthetic inquiry, and its relationship to the foundation’s priority to provide support to visual artists who are under recognized by the field.

Funding and Reporting

Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors. Awards are made of up to $10,000.  The number of awards is determined each year by the annual granting budget. Grants are made to support the development of artists’ work and a grantee may use their award to support any activity toward that purpose. A report detailing how funds were used is due within 10-months of receiving funds.

In rare cases the foundation will make a multiyear grant of up to 3 years to artists whose projects warrant this sustained support. Artists who receive multiyear support must report annually to the Board before new funds are released.


Grant decisions are announced no later than November 1, 2014.


Visit our frequently asked questions page or address other questions to the Director by emailing Julie Deamer at

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