Visual Arts

Visual Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to supporting visual arts activity—painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing, craft, and public art—that demonstrates exceptional aesthetic investigation and meaningful community engagement.

Visual Arts Fact Sheet 



Wendy Clark
Wendy Clark was appointed director of Museums, Visual Arts, and Indemnity at the National Endowment for the Arts in July...


Emma Bartley
Assistant Grants Management Specialist,
Meg Brennan
Visual Arts Specialist,
Tamika Shingler
Museums and Visual Arts Specialist,

Recent Grants

Medal of Arts

An online grant search is available to find information on NEA grants from 2000 to the present.

National Initiatives

Blue Star Museums
Museums in all 50 states offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

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Visual Artist and Disability Rights Advocate


The devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 dramatically exposed the vulnerability of the arts and cultural sector in emergency preparedness and emergency response. To strengthen the understanding and readiness of...
This report presents results from an initial analysis of the 2012 SPPA. It contains statistics with demographic insights about U.S. adults' participation across five modes of art activity: attending; reading...