RICHMOND, Va. - Grant applications are now being accepted for a Virginia Visual Artist Relief Program.
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pamela Northam and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Director and CEO Alex Nyerges announced the special program to assist visual artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Forty visual artists from the Commonwealth will be selected to each receive a $5,000 grant.
To be eligible, applicants must live and work in Virginia, be 21 years of age or older, and derive a significant part of their income from their artwork including sales and lectures.
Applications must be received online between June 16, 2020 and July 10, 2020.
Recipients will be notified of grant awards on July 24, 2020.
The Virginia Artist Relief Fellowship Program is funded by the museum’s existing Artist Fellowship Endowment established in 1941 through a generous gift made by the late John Lee Pratt of Fredericksburg, Virginia.
“The arts are critically important—particularly in times of collective struggle and hardship,” Governor Ralph Northam. “Pam and I are proud to stand alongside VMFA in supporting Virginia’s artists during their time of need.”