September 2022 Grants/Residency/Competitions for African Visual Artists

Sep 6, 2022

Here’s this month’s carefully curated list of opportunities that African Visual Artists, Photographers and even Sculptors can take advantage of to advance their careers!


Innovate Grant

Innovate Grant distributes (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. Grant cycles are in the Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.

They believe a Creative’s work should speak for itself and their grant application reflects that.

All they require is your:

— Name
— Email
— Website (Optional)
— Grant Category
— 3-5 Images of Your Work

Amount: $550 unrestricted grant

Eligibility:  Visual Artists and Photographers 18 years and older, from all around the world, are eligible to apply. All media and genres are accepted

Deadline:  September 15, 2022

Application Fee: $25

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation was established in 1985 to provide financial resources to visual artists internationally to create new work, acquire supplies, rent studio space, prepare for exhibitions, attend a residency and offset living expenses.

Amount: Up to $30,000

Deadline: No deadline

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this grant and apply here


Radcliffe Fellowship in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Creative Arts

The Radcliffe Fellowship Program annually selects and supports artists, scholars, and practitioners who bring both a record of achievement and exceptional promise to the Institute.

Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, practitioners, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world.

Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present.

Stipend: $78,000 for a 9-month period

Deadline:  September 8, 2022

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this fellowship and apply here

MacDowell Fellowship

MacDowell provides time, space, and an inspiring environment to artists of exceptional talent. A MacDowell Fellowship, or residency, consists of exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to six weeks. There are no residency fees.

MacDowell accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theatre, and visual arts. The sole criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence, which MacDowell defines in a pluralistic and inclusive way.

MacDowell encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice and investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. 

Stipend: Available, amount not disclosed

Deadline:  September 10, 2022

Application Fee: $30 nonrefundable processing fee 

You can learn more about this fellowship and apply here

Works in Public Sculpture Program

Works in Public (WiP) is a professional development program that offers artists the opportunity to create site-specific, large-scale public sculptures. The program was founded in 2010 in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. Since its inception, 46 artists have completed this program and had their sculptures installed in year-long public exhibitions at Riverside Park South and Riverside Park at 145th Street.

For the 2022 program, Works in Public will engage a team of artist-participants in every phase of the conception, creation, and installation of site-specific sculptures, providing them with direct work experience in the physical materials and processes used to create original works of public art. WiP students will each receive a monthly stipend and a scholarship for a full-time class for the duration.

Stipend: $25,000 per project for materials and fabrication

Deadline:  September 11, 2022

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this fellowship program and apply here

Lewis Center for the Arts Fellowship

The Lewis Center for the Arts, in collaboration with other University departments, offers two artist fellowship opportunities at Princeton and Hodder University. Both are designed to support artists, in all artistic disciplines, who demonstrate great promise.

The Princeton Arts Fellowship, funded in part by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be awarded to artists whose achievements have been recognized as demonstrating extraordinary promise in any area of artistic practice and teaching. Applicants should be early career composers, conductors, musicians, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, poets, novelists, playwrights, designers, directors, and performance artists who would find it beneficial to spend two years teaching and working in an artistically vibrant university community.

The Hodder Fellowship will be awarded to writers and non-literary artists of exceptional promise who wish to pursue independent projects at Princeton University during the academic year. Potential Hodder Fellows are composers, choreographers, performance artists, visual artists, writers, translators or other kinds of artists or humanists who have “much more than ordinary intellectual and literary gifts”; they are selected more “for promise than for performance.”

Stipend: $88,000 for the academic year plus an additional $5,000 for research expenses.

Deadline:  September 13, 2022

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this fellowship and apply here

Monson Arts Residency

Monson Arts’ residency program supports emerging and established artists and writers by providing them time and space to devote to their creative practices. During each of our 2-week and 4-week programs throughout the year, a cohort of 5 artists and 5 writers are invited to immerse themselves in small-town life at the edge of Maine’s North Woods and focus intensely on their work within a creative and inspiring environment.

Application for a residency at Monson Arts is open to anyone at any stage of their career, working in visual arts, writing, and related fields (i.e. audio, video, photography).

Stipend: $1,000 stipend ($500 for 2-week programs)

Deadline:  September 15, 2022

Application Fee: $25

You can learn more about this residency and apply here

Grand Canyon Residency

Grand Canyon Conservancy’s Artist in Residence program hosts individual artists from around the world who wish to engage with Grand Canyon National Park and its people during an eight-week residency at the South Rim in Arizona. The program is designed to support artists with a well-developed body of work that engages contemporary themes, especially those tied to conservation, cultural identity, and community.

The residency embraces an artist-focused, open-ended model that prioritizes on-site research and exploration in the interest of informing public relationships with Grand Canyon National Park.

Artists from a wide variety of disciplines are encouraged to apply, including:  

  • Social Practice  
  • Land-Based / Site-Specific / Environmental Art  
  • New Media / Video / Sound / Film   
  • 4-D Visual Art (Performance-Art Based)
  • 2- or 3D Visual Art (Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Painting, Fiber, Drawing, Collage)  
  • Text-Based (Fiction / Nonfiction / Poetry / Prose)  
  • Inter-disciplinary / multi-disciplinary   
  • Theatre / Playwriting   
  • Dance / Choreography  
  • Music / Songwriting   

Stipend: $2,500 stipend for eight weeks (Artists are responsible for their supplies, meals, toiletries, and transportation.)

Deadline:  September 30, 2022

Application Fee: $45 – A limited number of hardship grants are provided to those who cannot manage the application fee.   

You can learn more about this residency and apply here


Art Fluent Art-UNITY Competition 

Art Fluent invites artists worldwide, both amateur and professional, to submit artwork to their online exhibit, UNITY.

The theme centres around the state of being united. Unity can show us the world through a different lens. Artists use it to visually tie together certain elements (color, line, shape, texture) within their composition. It gives us a feeling of cohesion where it connects these principles and helps us make sense of the work as complete – helping to deliver an understanding of harmony and balance. A piece would not be finished without it; how does your work communicate unity? Show UNITY from your perspective.

Award: All accepted pieces will be displayed on the Art Fluent online gallery at
– Best of Show: $750
– Two Director’s Choice awards: $250 each

Deadline: September 9, 2022

Application Fee: $25 for first entry/$10 for each additional entry. You may enter up to 20 total.

You can learn more about this open call and apply here

Contemporary Art Gallery Online “Figurative / Portrait” Competition 


Contemporary Art Gallery Online encourages entries from all 2D and 3D artists regardless of their experience and/or education in the art field or where they may reside.  This is an international competition and everyone is encouraged to participate. A group exhibition of all entrants will be held online at the Contemporary Art Gallery Online for thirty days immediately following the close of the competition.

Artists should submit their best representational and non-representational art related to the “Figurative / Portrait” theme. The “Figurative / Portrait” theme is considered to be any art which depicts either actual rendering of a person’s face or figure or the depiction of a to be figure, form and/or face.

This competition will be judged within three categories; Paintings, Photography and Mixed Media and 3D Work.  Awards will be given for the top 5 to 8 works selected, (this will depend on the number submissions in each category).  In addition, depending on the amount and the quality of all submissions received, additional awards will also be presented.

Award: Memberships to Contemporary Art Gallery Online, Digital Award Certificate, Event Collateral, Radio Interview, In the Artist Studio episode **NEW**, Inclusion in the Year End Anthology Publication, Extensive Marketing and much more

Deadline: September 11, 2022

Application Fee: $15 for 1 to 3 images, $25 for all images up to 5 and $35 for all images up to 8

You can learn more about this competition and apply here

SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest

The SPIE International Day of Light Photo Contest is held annually to raise awareness about IDL and to demonstrate the impact light has on cultural, economic, and political aspects of our global society.

Amateur and professional photographers alike are encouraged to submit photos for a chance to win cash prizes.

The theme of the photo contest is A World of Light: The Vital Role That Light and Light-Based Technologies Play in Daily Life. Examples of content include, but are not exclusive to, artistic images that depict:

• Various properties of light and how it interacts with the atmosphere, nature, and materials
• Light technology such as lasers, LEDs, etc.
• Images created with light technology such as telescopes and microscopes
• People interacting with light and/or light technology
• The betterment of the human condition with light


• First Prize: US $2,500
• Second Prize: US $1,000
• Third Prize: US $500
• Technology and Science Prizes: US $750

Deadline: September 16, 2022

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this competition and apply here

6th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” Online Art Competition

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 6th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” Online Art Competition for the month of September 2022.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s October 2022 online group exhibition.

The gallery encourages artists (including photography & digital arts) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best interpretation of the “Patterns, Textures & Forms” theme by submitting their best abstract and/or representational art.   


• $100 for overall winner + other perks
• The top 12 overall winning artists will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Deadline: September 26, 2022

Application Fee: $18.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $26.00 for 3 to 5 entries

You can learn more about this competition and apply here

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