Discovered Awards for Emerging Visual and Literary Artists

NEW FOR 2019:  Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the 2019 Discovered Awards also include literary artists in addition to visual artists. 

DESCRIPTION Five visual artists and five writers will be recognized through a cash award, an exhibition, public readings, and a professionally designed catalogue combining awardees visual and literary work. Award recipients will to be asked to produce and/or present their work leading up to and during the Discovered Exhibition, which takes place in November-December 2019 at the Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa, CA.   GOALS

  • To recognize excellence in the visual and literary arts
  • To foster professionalism and increase exposure for emerging visual artists and writers
  • To cultivate public awareness and appreciation of the role of creativity in our community

 

IMPORTANT DATES

March 1, 2019  Online application opens 12am

March 11, 2019  Information Session 12-1pm (RSVP)* or 5:30-6:30 (RSVP)*

March 25, 2019  Application Workshop 5:30-7pm (Register)*

April 12, 2019  Deadline to apply 11:59pm PT

*To attend the Information Sessions or the Application Workshop via conference call, dial 707.565.8996 (no code necessary)

 

AWARD AND FUNDING PERIOD:

  • $2,500 cash award to support the creation of new work and/or the curation of past work
  • Inclusion in the Discovered Awards exhibition and public readings, November–December, 2019 at the Museum of Sonoma County
  • Inclusion in the Discovered Awards professionally designed catalogue & anthology

 

ELIGIBILITY Artists working in any visual media or literary writers are eligible. Applicants may not apply to both categories. See the the Guidelines for extended details on eligibility requirements or exclusions.

Both visual artists and writers must:

  • Be residents of Sonoma County
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Not be enrolled as a student (undergraduate or graduate level)
  • Not have representation through an agent

 

Visual artists must also:

  • Not currently be represented by a gallery (does not include co-op or collective galleries) 
  • Not had prior museum exhibitions in the past 10 years

 

Literary artists must also:

  • Not have published a book (including eBooks, translations, books in other languages/countries, self-published works, and chapbooks with a print run of more than 300), and who have no book forthcoming before June 30, 2020.

 

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  • Artistic excellence (primary objective of this program)
  • Ability to meet the participation conditions as described in the Guideline
  • Anticipated impact on the applicant’s professional capacity and growth
  • Completeness and clarity of application

 

HOW TO APPLY Read the Guidelines thoroughly, and then utilize the Application Help Tool which contains all of the application questions and instructions. No handwritten or paper-based applications will be accepted. Applicants will need to have or create an account in Submittable, our online application portal. The Discovered Grants online application will appear in the list of open Creative Sonoma grants at 12:00am on March 1, 2019. Click on the black Submit button to get started.

2019 Discovered Award GUIDELINES

2019 Discovered Literary Artists APPLICATION HELP TOOL

2019 Visual Artists APPLICATION HELP TOOL

  submit

 

2016 VISUAL ARTIST AWARDEES:

Jenny Harp – mixed media

Dayana Leon – oil/video

Catherine Sieck – paper

Kala Stein – ceramics

Jaynee Watson – mixed media

2014 VISUAL ARTIST AWARDEES

Erik Castro

Maura Harrington

Stan Abercrombie

Miles Votek  

2012 VISUAL ARTIST AWARDEES

Cathy Ellis

Peter Hassen

Ryan Lely

William Smith

Esther Traugot  

2010 VISUAL ARTIST AWARDEES

Tremaine De Senna

Laine Justice

Andrew Sofie  

2008 VISUAL ARTIST AWARDEES

Julie Chavez

Sarah Frieberg

Geirrod VanDyke  

2006 VISUAL ARTIST AWARDEES

Todd Barricklow

Seth Minor

Catherine Richardson

 

BONUS: In 2016, we asked the awardees of 2006-2014 “Where are you now?” Read their updates in this feature.