Grants up to $15,000 awarded to support exhibition research that encourages, expands, and supports scholarly craft research in the United States.
Diedrick Brackens, heaven is a muddy riverbed, 2018. 50 x 34 inches. Woven cotton and cubic zirconia earrings. Image courtesy of Various Small Fires, Los Angeles, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
To encourage innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history
To investigate neglected questions on craft history and criticism
To support new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in craft
The Craft Research Fund was created to encourage, expand and support scholarly craft research in the United States.
Proposals are welcome from museum, non-profit gallery, and independent curators.
Applicants must be:
Applicants cannot be:
If an applicant has been previously awarded a Center for Craft grant but did not complete the project or is still in the progress of completing the project they are not eligible to apply.
Applicants may either apply for the Craft Research Fund Project Grant or the Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant, but may not apply for both grants in the same year.
The Center for Craft prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation based on sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability or perceived disability, age, marital status, gender identity, veteran status, or any other protected category. The Center encourages applications from historically underrepresented populations. Applying does not constitute a promise or guarantee of being awarded a grant.
Examples of craft research might include:
USE OF FUNDS
Proposals will be reviewed by staff of the Center for Craft for completeness and evaluated by a Selection Panel of jurors through the SlideRoom online application review portal. The Selection Panel consists of recognized craft scholars, faculty and/or curators, free of any conflict of interest, based on the following criteria:
Considerations in final selection:
The Center for Craft respects, values, and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We foster open communication of diverse perspectives and bring a broad range of individuals together to enrich and support programming. Ultimately we will ask the Selection Panel to compose a set of recipients deserving of further recognition while prioritizing diversity, both in and outside of academia, and representing a range of geographies, materials, and communities served.
The Center for Craft reserves the right to limit support of a project to a particular portion(s) or cost(s).
GRANT ORIENTATION: A virtual application information session will be held on Thursday, September 8, from 3 - 4 pm ET. The information session recording will be made available on the Center for Craft website.
DEADLINE: Application for the 2023 Craft Research Fund Project Grant must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59 pm ET on October 21, 2022.
NOTIFICATION: Notification of the results will be sent via email in December 2022 for a start date of January 1, 2023. The email address listed on the application form will be used to send out notifications. Please be sure that it is a valid account that you check regularly.
HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must apply using the online application program SlideRoom at http://www.centerforcraft.slideroom.com. Please review the sample application below before beginning your application. Please note there is a separate application for each Craft Research Fund category.
All applicants should create a login to be able to partially complete the form and return to finish it at a later date. Before submitting your application, you will be directed to a confirmation page where you will be able to review your form and return to edit or delete your uploaded files as needed. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to access your form again. Applicants will receive a confirmation email once the application form has been successfully submitted.
2023 Craft Research Fund – Exhibition Grant
This is only a sample application, all applications much be completed in SlideRoom.
Please note that the data from the demographics section will only be used anonymously for grant writing and reporting to provide an overall understanding of who the Center for Craft serves. Center for Craft has and upholds an organizational nondiscrimination policy. Completion of this survey will in no way affect your application. You must complete the form, however, you may answer each question with the "prefer not to answer" option. Thank you.
1. Please summarize the following (500 words/ 3,000 character limit):
2. Please provide a historiography for the ideas central to this exhibition. Identify three other scholars who have written significant works on/around your topic, and describe how your work parallels and pushes the topic forward (500 words or less/ 3,000 character limit).
3. Timeline (form provided in SlideRoom).Please provide a timeline for completing the project. All projects must be complete by June 30, 2024 (18 months from start date).
4.Budget Income Form (form provided in SlideRoom). The budget income form is to note if you have additional sources of secured or anticipated (prospected) income. In addition, please list the total amount requested from the Craft Research Fund here. Please list no more than 10 items.
Examples for Income:
4. Budget Expense Form for your proposal (form provided in SlideRoom). Please list no more than 20 items. The minimum budget request should be $5,000; the maximum budget request should be $15,000. Projects may exceed $15,000 if other support is listed in the budget.
Examples for Expenses:
6. Budget Narrative. Please provide a narrative for any budget items that require further explanation. (3,000 character limit)
7. Attachment: Resume or CV of relevant education and experience (no more than 2 pages).
8. Attachment: Please provide the exhibition description (no more than 5 pages, in no less than 12-point type).
9. Please provide a bibliography with at least ten sources. (10,000 character limit)
10. Requested through SlideRoom: One letter of support from the hosting institution that includes why this exhibition is supported.
11. Attachment: Optional page (PDF or JPEG) for image/s that compliment or add clarity to the proposal.
Allowed Media Types:
You have the option of uploading any combination of images or video links (from hosting sites such as Vimeo, Flickr, or YouTube.) During the review process, only the first 2 minutes of each video sample, so please edit your materials accordingly. Images should be in a JPEG format no larger than 1600 pixels on any side @ 300 dpi. Name each jpeg file with “Last NameImageTitleNumber.jpg,” i.e., “SmithUntitled1.jpg”, “SmithUnititled2.jpg” etc. Each uploaded image or video link must be accompanied by a corresponding image description (up to 50 words). Please include title, date, medium, size, and a short description of each uploaded image or media file.
What is the final deadline for submitting my online application form?
The application for 2023 Craft Research Fund - Exhibition grants must be submitted via SlideRoom no later than 11:59 pm EST on October 21, 2021.
Where can I find information about previous recipients of the Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grant?
Check out our online Grant Recipient Archive here. You can sort by grant opportunity by clicking on “Grant” or search “Exhibition” in the search Filter.
May I mail a hard copy of my application materials to the Center for Craft’s office?
No, hard copy submissions will not be accepted. The application must be completed and submitted through SlideRoom.
Can I work on my application and return to complete it at a later date?
Yes, creating a login account will enable you to complete the form in several online sessions.
I just submitted my application but I want to return to it and make an edit. Is this possible?
No, once your application is submitted, you will not be able to return to the form or change any submitted information.
I have previously received a Center for Craft grant. Am I eligible to apply?
I have previously received a Center for Craft grant but did not complete the project or am still in the progress of completing the project I was funded for. Am I eligible to apply?
Are applicants responsible for obtaining copyrights to documents, images, and manuscripts included in their research?
Are collaboratives allowed to apply?
Collaboratives are welcome to apply. There must be one fiduciary agent for the group or one person who will receive the award funds as this person will be responsible for paying taxes on the award amount funded.
I have a question that wasn’t answered. How can I reach the Center for Craft?
If you have any further questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Center for Craft is pleased to announce the recipients of 2020 Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grants.
Museum of Arts and Design
Materials that Make a Difference
Support for Materials that Make a Difference (opening February 2020), a multi-year exhibition featuring the Museum’s permanent collection that highlights the multiple historical, cultural, and aesthetic contexts for craft in the post-World War II era.Learn more
Milwaukee Art Museum
Currents 38: Christy Matson
Support of a publication and the production of educational materials related to the exhibition, Currents 38: Christy Matson, presenting the work of the highly skilled weaver, Christy Matson.Learn more
Cranbrook Art Museum
Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock
Craft Research Fund Grant to present a retrospective exhibition, monograph, and short film documenting the work of Olga de Amaral. Olga de Amaral, one of the most recognized names in Latin American art, lives and works in her native Bogotá, Colombia. Tracing the artist’s career over five decades, Olga de Amaral: To Weave a Rock is the artist’s first major museum retrospective in the United States, consisting of some 60 works that elucidate her seminal influence and technical innovations. The artist was first introduced to the medium of fiber during her studies with Marianne Strengell at Cranbrook Academy of Art from 1954-1955. Since that time her work has prolifically evolved beyond the functional qualities of weaving into more experimental and sculptural woven forms.Learn more
Support for SOFTWARE, an exhibition that overlays histories of weaving, technology, and women's labor with modern and contemporary artworks drawn from the digital and fiber studio disciplines at The Mint Museum and Arizona State University Art Museum.Learn more
The Center for Craft is pleased to announce the recipients of 2023 Craft Research Fund Exhibition Grants. This year four institutions will receive a total of $31,500 to support craft-centered exhibitions in the United States.
Radha Pandey Jaali, 2022, Image courtesy of the Artist
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
Paper Is People: Challenging Colonial Definitions of Paper
"Paper Is People: Challenging Colonial Definitions of Paper" is an exhibition that opens a conversation around what paper is across cultures, through indigenous and oral traditions in the U.S. and in a global context. This is the first exhibition of its kind to reimagine and decolonize the practice of papermaking.LEARN MORE
Toshiko Takaezu Foundation
The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum
Toshiko Takaezu Exhibition and Monograph
Support for the exhibition and monograph on artist Toshiko Takaezu. Over the course of a seven-decade-long career, Takaezu created work in ceramic, painting, and weaving, and is best known today for her innovative ceramic closed forms. This will be the first nationally touring retrospective of Takaezu’s work in 20 years.LEARN MORE
Proposal for "My Neighbor’s Garden" in Madison Square Park 2023, 2021.
Madison Square Park Conservancy
"My Neighbor's Garden" by Sheila Pepe
In "My Neighbor’s Garden," Sheila Pepe's first outdoor exhibition, Pepe will drape vibrant and optimistic web-like structures across the walkways, revitalizing Madison Square Park’s nineteenth-century design. The webs will be made out of domestic and industrial materials including string, shoelaces, outsize sustainable rubber bands, and more. Parkgoers will gaze up at the playful canopies as they stroll through the park.LEARN MORE
Sarah Rosalena, CMB RGB, 2022 glass beads, gourds, pine sap, beeswax, Cosmic Microwave Background visualization dimensions variable Photo: Ian Byers Gamber
Columbus Museum of Art
Sarah Rosalena: In All Directions
"Sarah Rosalena: In All Directions" is the first solo museum exhibition for Sarah Rosalena [née Brady], a Wixárika artist whose interdisciplinary work brings traditional Indigenous craft practices into contact with state-of-the-art digital technologies, such as AI and machine learning, remote sensing, 3D printing and digital fabrication.LEARN MORE
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