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Apply Now for Dehaan Artist of Distinction Award – Indiana


The DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award supports contemporary visual artists to pursue aspirational projects.

Donor Name: Indy Arts Council

State: Indiana

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Award

Deadline: 08/14/2023

Size of the Grant: up to $10,000


The finished projects are also featured at a special exhibition at Gallery 924 at the Indy Arts Council. The program is open to artists who are based in Indiana.

In 2017, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and the Indy Arts Council launched the program to allow artists to explore, take risks and push their creative practice in dynamic new ways.

Funding Information

The DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award Program will honor up to six contemporary artists with grants of $10,000 each year for aspirational visual arts projects.

Examples of Award Activities

  • Support will be awarded for DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award Program activities occurring within a 12-month period. There is no minimum time frame. Examples of possible projects and initiatives include but are not limited to the following:
    • Exploration of a new body of work
    • Participation in a national event/exhibition
    • Purchase of materials or supplies related to a specific project
    • Travel & shipping of artwork for exhibition
  • Project activities may be conducted anywhere. Funds may be used for travel, housing, and/or the equipment necessary to conduct proposed activities. Funds may also be used for materials necessary to create artwork in preparation for an exhibition.
  • Awardees will be responsible for making all arrangements and/or purchases for grant activities.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Artist Eligibility
    • Must be a visual artist, inclusive of art forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, textiles, and digital/new media
    • Must have 5 years documented experience demonstrating excellence and innovation (quality solo exhibitions, national exposure and/or experience, critical reviews, residencies, awards, fellowships, etc.)
    • Must have lived and/or worked in the state of Indiana for a minimum of three consecutive years at the date of application
    • Must reside and/or work in the state of Indiana for at least one year following the conclusion of the award activities
    • Must have generated consistent income over the past five years through your work in the field of visual art
    • Must not have received a DeHaan award within the last 12-months at time of application. Preference is given to artists who have not previously received an award
    • Artwork must be contemporary, meaning the artist is creating innovative, forward thinking, and challenging work that brings something new to the field of visual art
  • Project Eligibility
    • Can be either a new or existing project that supports an artist’s professional or creative practice.
    • Must be aspirational and innovative
    • Must occur and conclude within 12 months of execution of signed agreement
    • Must be able to share the results of the project through submission of a final report
    • Awardees must agree to participate in a professionally curated group show at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council, tentatively for October/November 2023
    • Must further the applicant’s artistic endeavors and/or propel their career
    • Must submit at least one work sample for artistic documentation.

For more information, visit Indy Arts Council.

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