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California Community Foundation
2012 CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists
221 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
*Please note that CCF will not accept any application materials not submitted via CaFE.
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For 96 years, the California Community Foundation (CCF) has recognized, encouraged and supported the Southern California arts community by funding and nurturing a full range of artistic expressions. The foundation’s ultimate goal is to ensure that arts and culture is a dimension of everyday life in all communities in Los Angeles County. Toward that end, the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists is designed to support local emerging and mid-career artists so they can advance to the next level of professional development. Professional artists play a significant role in connecting communities, bridging cultural barriers and in celebrating the rich diversity of Los Angeles County.
The CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists is a unique opportunity for artists because it is an investment in an artist’s career rather than in a particular project. The award is an unrestricted grant of $15,000 for emerging artists and $20,000 for mid-career artists. The award may be spent according to the greatest need of the artist. For this reason, the panel will consider the artist’s entire career and future promise.
CCF’s fundamental goal is to help individual artists become more sustainable through their art practice. Therefore, the investment in the artist’s career also includes strengthening their business skills through a mandatory artists’ retreat which will take place in the fall of 2012. The curriculum is tailored specifically for CCF Fellows, with sessions and individual consultations on accounting and legal issues, money management, negotiations and alternative financing options. The retreat will provide 2012 CCF Fellows with the knowledge, tools and resources to help them manage their life and careers more effectively. The retreat environment will also offer plenty of time for peer-to-peer networking, reflection, and the opportunity to learn from each other and build an artist community.
The California Community Foundation’s Fellowship for Visual Artists is made possible by the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, the Brody Arts Fund, the Atlass Fund, the Joan Palevsky Endowment for the Future of Los Angeles, the T.M. and R.W. Brown Fund, the Harry J. Volk Fund and other CCF funds.
• To acknowledge the contributions of outstanding mid-career visual artists in Los Angeles by enhancing, encouraging and nurturing artistic accomplishments
• To encourage and foster promising and emerging visual artists in Los Angeles by supporting early stages of individual development
• To increase access to artistic support among the diverse communities of Los Angeles
• To support and develop artistic or cultural talent of special merit that reflects Los Angeles’ diverse population
Each year, we create a new multidisciplinary selection panel made up of distinguished artists and professionals from the Los Angeles arts community to review qualified applications. The panel will recommend grant awards to the most outstanding individual artists who have submitted all application materials (including requested attachments and sample work) and meet the requirements in these guidelines. Awards will be based on the following criteria:
1. Artistic quality and merit
2. Past artistic accomplishments
3. Impact of the fellowship on the artist’s career
4. Work that is representative of the Los Angeles area’s diverse communities, including those defined by ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, economic circumstances or geographic location
5. Artist’s contributions to the cultural vitality of Los Angeles
Applicants will be notified of award determination on CAFÉ by July 1, 2012. A public announcement of awardees and selection panel members will be announced in late summer 2012 on the CCF website. Finalists will receive the first installment of the award by late summer 2012.
Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria stated in the following pages. Students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees and California Community Foundation employees and their immediate family members are NOT eligible. Applicants must be Los Angeles County residents.
MID-CAREER ARTISTS (11 awards)
Made possible by the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts and the Joan Palevsky Endowment for the Future of Los Angeles, (11) fellowships of $20,000 each will be awarded to individual mid-career visual artists in Los Angeles County to facilitate creative activity and professional development. Mid-career fellowships recognize more experienced artists who have produced work of excellent artistic merit, but have yet to garner a level of acknowledgment and recognition that corresponds to their talent.
• Must be mid-career visual artists — defined as artists who have seven or more years of active professional experience in their field. Artists must have documented exhibition history, publications or other significant proof of professional accomplishments (these should not include accomplishments during bachelor’s or master’s degree programs).
• Must be a full-time resident of Los Angeles County for at least the last five consecutive years prior to the application deadline. Full-time resident is defined as being physically present in Los Angeles County 9 months per year of residency.
• Must be working in the visual arts (e.g., painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, experimental film and video , interdisciplinary/mixed media or performance art in which visual art must be a significant and integral component). Artists whose primary practice is performing or media arts (e.g., music, dance, acting, film, video, or moving animation) are NOT eligible, and new genres may be deemed ineligible by the panel.
• Recipients of a previous mid-career artist fellowship from the California Community Foundation are NOT eligible. However, recipients of an emerging artist fellowship ARE eligible and must indicate their receipt of a previous fellowship award on the application.
EMERGING ARTISTS (4 awards)
Made possible by the Brody Arts Fund and the Joan Palevsky Endowment for the Future of Los Angeles, (4) fellowships of $15,000 each will be awarded to help visual artists with promise further develop their artistic talents and achieve greater recognition in the community.
• Must be emerging artists — defined as artists who have up to seven years of professional experience in their field (excluding accomplishments during bachelor’s or master’s degree programs).
• Must be a full-time resident of Los Angeles County for at least the last three consecutive years prior to the application deadline. Full-time resident is defined as being physically present in Los Angeles County 9 months per year of residency.
• Must be working in the visual arts (e.g., painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, experimental film and video , interdisciplinary/mixed media or performance art in which visual art must be a significant and integral component). Artists whose primary practice is performing or media arts (e.g., music, dance, acting, film, video or moving animation) are NOT eligible, and new genres may be deemed ineligible by the panel.
• Previous recipients of an emerging artist fellowship are NOT eligible. However, they ARE eligible for the mid-career artists award and must indicate their receipt of a previous fellowship award on the application. See mid-career section for
For More Information: Contact Program Associate Michelle Moreno at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 413-4130 ext. 214.
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