Win $10,000 Juried Grants with Studio Visits and Interviews in the Foundwork Artist Prize 2021

Are you an artist aged 18 and above? 

Apply for the Foundwork Artist Prize 2021 for an opportunity to get a grant of up to $10,000 with studio visits and interviews.


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  • Two honorees will receive unrestricted $10,000 grants and studio visits with each of this year’s distinguished jurors. As in past years, the honorees and three shortlisted artists will also be invited for interviews as part of our Dialogues program.


The 2021 Foundwork Artist Prize is open to artists residing in any location around the world, except for a few countries, states, and provinces listed below. Artists working in any media are eligible.

In addition, in order to be eligible, an artist must:

(1) be an individual who is at least eighteen years old and otherwise able to enter into a binding contract;

(2) not be a Foundwork employee, contractor, or their relative;

(3) be able to use Foundwork and participate in the Prize in accordance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations

(4) have a published artist profile on Foundwork, with at least 6 published artworks, continuously from 5:00 PM PT, OCTOBER 10, 2021 THROUGH 5:00 PM PT, NOVEMBER 30, 2021.


Artists who meet the above eligibility criteria will be considered equally whether an artist has a paid account, is in a free trial period, or has a free student account. Artists are otherwise eligible regardless of age, race, creed, color, religion, country of origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, or veteran status.

Please note that residents of the following countries, states, and provinces are not eligible for the 2021 Foundwork Artist Prize: Argentina; Arizona (US State); Bosnia and Herzegovina; Bulgaria; Cuba; Iran; Kosovo; Latvia; Macedonia; North Korea; Quebec (Canadian Province); Russia; Saudi Arabia; Serbia; Sudan; Syria; and United Arab Emirates (UAE). These geographic restrictions are for regulatory reasons beyond our control and we appreciate your understanding.

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Application Instructions

  • Starting in June, we will be accepting project submissions on a rolling weekly basis. This means if you send us your submission by 5:00 pm PT on any given Friday, we will plan to include it as part of our next newsletter.
  • Please note that all submissions must be sent by email to in order to be eligible. Receiving submissions through this one channel helps us manage the program and we appreciate your cooperation.

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About the Foundwork Artist Prize

Foundwork Artist Prize 2021

The Foundwork Artist Prize is an annual juried award that we inaugurated in 2019 to recognize outstanding practices by contemporary artists.

Starting in 2021, we will be awarding the Foundwork Artist Prize to two honorees, both of whom will receive unrestricted $10,000 grants and studio visits with each of this year’s distinguished jurors.

The honorees and three shortlisted artists will also be invited for interviews as part of our Dialogues program to further public engagement with their work.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • The selection period for the 2021 Foundwork Artist Prize will be 5:00 pm PT, October 10, 2021–5:00 pm PT, November 30, 2021.

The selection process will take place during the selection period as follows:

  • Our staff will review the eligible artists, select fifty (50) finalists, and provide the list of finalists to the jury.
  • The jury will review the finalists, select two (2) provisional honorees and three (3) provisional shortlisted artists, and notify us of those selections.
  • We will contact the provisional honorees and provisional shortlisted artists individually by email to notify them that they have been chosen and to verify their eligibility (“Provisional Notice”).
  • An artist must reply to our Provisional Notice by reply email within seven (7) calendar days after the date we send it, notifying us of their intention to be confirmed as an honoree or as a shortlisted artist (as applicable), and must provide us with documentation of their postal address and any other information we may request to verify eligibility.
  • If an artist does not respond to our Provisional Notice within the required time or fails to provide any requested information, they may be disqualified and the jury may select another provisional honoree or shortlisted artist (as applicable) from the remaining finalists who will then be subject to the same notice and confirmation process outlined above.
  • If an artist responds to our Provisional Notice within the required time and we determine they are otherwise eligible, we will send them a second notice by email to confirm them as an honoree or shortlisted artist, as applicable. An artist may also be required to accept and sign a written affirmation of eligibility and publicity release to be confirmed as an honoree or shortlisted artist, and we will provide such forms along with our Provisional Notice, as applicable.


Judging Criteria

  • The honorees and shortlisted artists will be chosen on the basis of artistic merit, which we define as demonstrating a critical engagement with, and making a distinctive contribution to, one’s chosen media.
  • Artwork in any media will be considered, and any artwork, artist statements, and other information which an artist publishes in their profile on Foundwork may be considered during the selection process.

Past Winners

  • Tracey Snelling

Working across media, Snelling navigates the gray area between observation and storytelling, illuminating the complex relationship between place and identity.

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