Our mission is to support the work of artists living and working in the United States and to foster a greater public appreciation for the arts. The Foundation gives unrestricted cash awards of $1500 to individual artists who are engaged in or planing a new fine craft or visual art project. The Foundation does not accept film, video, performance art, or music submissions.
An independent panel of artists and art professionals will judge the submissions and make its recommendations to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval. The Foundation was started in 1982 and is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation. We rely on the generosity of our donors to help us continue our work.
Previous winners of a Foundation grant are not eligible for a second award.
Undergraduate students should wait to apply until they have developed a body of work outside of their school environment and can demonstrate a professional artistic practice. Graduate students must also show evidence of a professional artistic practice to be considered for an award.
The Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation has historically provided grants to both artists with long careers and to those at an earlier stage in their professional practice.
The application has THREE parts:
- Narrative Questions: Artist Statement (500 characters maximum, including spaces); Project Description (500 characters maximum, including spaces); Uploaded CV/Resume, two pages maximum, PDF file preferred.
- Images: Attach 5 JPEG images selected from your Media Library. Please note, this part of the application has TWO steps – the first is to upload your images into the Media Library; the second is to attach them within the application. In addition, there is a video tutorial from Gosmart that is available for viewing on the Media Library page. We do not consider any pricing information of your work. Please leave that blank.
- Image Information: In the section, provide information for each of your images including: title, media, dimensions, and year of completion. In addition, you are asked to briefly explain the relevance your selected images may have to your proposed project.
- What are the steps to completing the application?
- Artist Statement, Project Description, and uploaded 2-page CV;
- 5 jpeg images uploaded from your Media Library;
- Image information for each of your 5 images and brief explanation of the relevance of your images to your project.
- Where do I find the Media Library?
- Look at the menu bar at the top of our website and click on “Media Library.”
- Who is eligible to apply?
- Individual artists living and working in the United States, who are engaged in or planning a new visual art or fine craft project. Previous grant winners cannot apply again. The Foundation does not accept film, video, performance art or music submissions.
- Can students apply?
- Yes, but only if they already have an artistic practice that is separate from their academic work and which is not primarily school-based.
- Do I need permission to apply?
- Do I need to provide any interim or final reports?
- Is there any fee to apply?
- Do I need to provide my tax ID number or Social Security number to register or apply?
- What are the specifications for image files?
- JPG or JPEG format, 2100 pixels maximum on longest side, maximum file size 5.00 MB.
- What is the final deadline for application submission?
- July 31, 2021 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.