“Lift Off” by Randi Reiss McCormick

The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) relies on a diverse array of experts from across the state of Maryland to do the important work of evaluating applications. MSAC selects Independent Artist Awards (IAA) panelists with a focus on diversity of experiences, diversity of location, and expertise in the current year’s discipline. Panelists must be Maryland residents. 
Selected IAA panelists serve on one or two panels as described below. 
Panelists receive modest compensation for their service.

The Maryland State Arts Council has re-opened the Call for Panelists for the Independent Artists Awards through Tuesday, September 15. This year, the applications being reviewed are from visual and media artists.

Extended Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Independent Artist Awards (IAAs) recognize achievement by Maryland artists who are working independent of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by unrestricted grants that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice. 2021 IAAs will recognize artists in the Visual/Media Arts.

What does an Independent Artist Awards panelist do?

Selected panelists: 

  • Attend one in-person or virtual training session on either of the following dates:
    • Wednesday, October 7, 2:30PM
    • Thursday, October 8, 12:00PM
  • Review and evaluate applications on MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple.*
  • Attend one Regional panel meeting. Select panelists will also attend one State panel meeting. Regional and State meetings will occur in January 2021. 

*The average commitment of hours varies based on the number of applicants per region. The majority of work happens on the panelists’ own time during the Fall 2020 through the panel meeting(s). 

Panelists must have access to a computer with internet connection to complete reviews.

How do I apply to be a panelist? Submit your application via MSAC’s online grants management system, SmartSimple. 

  • Click the Apply Now button below to log in or create a free account in SmartSimple.
  • Under Funding Opportunities, select “Public Call.”
  • Select “Panelist” from the drop down options and click “Save Draft” to populate the application.
  • Select “Independent Artist Award” as the Grant Program.

Deadline: Tuesday, September 15, 2020


 Questions? Contact Program Directors Emily Sollenberger (emily.sollenberger@maryland.gov) or Laura Weiss (laura.weiss@maryland.gov) for assistance. 

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