ART WORKS Guidelines: Visual Arts

These are expired guidelines. New Art Works guidelines will be posted in mid-December. Do not begin working on your application until the new guidelines are posted as the requirements have changed.

Visual Arts activity in the nation is undertaken by a variety of organizations and institutions—from large and small, rural and urban, emerging and established, public or private non-profit—many of which have solely artistic missions. Others are community-based organizations whose portfolios may, on occasion, include the 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.

Specifically, the National Endowment for the Arts is interested in supporting contemporary artists and the projects they undertake, such as exhibitions, residencies, publications, commissions, public art works, conservation, documentation, services to the field, and public programs. The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to encouraging individual artistic development, experimentation, and dialogue between artists and the public.

Deadlines

Art Works applications will be accepted under two deadlines. All project types are accepted under both deadlines. Generally, an organization is limited to one application per year under the Art Works category.

First Art Works Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov February 18, 2016
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA-GO February 25, 2016 to March 3, 2016
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection November 2016
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance January 1, 2017

Second Art Works Deadline:

Step 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov July 14, 2016
Step 2 - Submit Materials to NEA-GO July 21, 2016 to July 28, 2016
Earliest Announcement of Grant Award or Rejection April 2017
Earliest Beginning Date for National Endowment for the Arts Period of Performance June 1, 2017

Project Types

  • Exhibitions and related activities.
  • Commissions or public art.
  • Residencies.
  • Periodicals, publications, or catalogues.
  • Public programming such as workshops, lectures and symposia, or other outreach activities.
  • Conservation, preservation, and/or restoration.
  • Education and related activities for youth, adults, intergenerational groups, and schools. (If your project is for youth, see "Choosing the Right Discipline for Youth Projects" to help you in your discipline selection.
  • Innovative uses of technology.
  • Services to the field.