All submissions are due by noon on the deadline date.
Note: Applications are reviewed quarterly but may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Applications received after the quarterly deadline will be included in the next review cycle.
View the 2023 guidelines:
Register for a Zoom workshop or watch a workshop recording.
You can submit a preliminary draft of your application for feedback from our grant services team. Deadlines are:
All draft review submissions are due by noon on the quarterly draft deadline date.
Applicants will be notified of their status 4-8 weeks after the quarterly deadline.
We can answer questions during office hours every other Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. Register here.
In-person at Indy Arts Council:
Join us from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 10 and Nov. 2, 2023. Applicants can use our WiFi, get assistance with uploading documents, and request any last-minute support. No registration required.
The DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award supports contemporary visual artists with grants of up to $10,000 to pursue aspirational projects. The finished projects are also featured at a special exhibition at Gallery 924 at the Indy Arts Council. The program is open to artists who are based in Indiana.
In 2017, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation and the Indy Arts Council launched the program to allow artists to explore, take risks and push their creative practice in dynamic new ways.
Applications are reviewed quarterly but may be submitted at any time throughout the year. All submissions are due by noon on the quarterly deadline date. Applications received after the quarterly deadline will be included in the next review cycle.
Upon selection of the award recipient(s), those applications that were not successfully funded will be reopened so that applicants can make edits to their original application and re-submit for a future deadline.
Grant awards are subject to the availability of funds for up to six contemporary artists each year.
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Our 2023 panelists are Jade Powers, Harn Museum of Art; Melynne Klaus, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation; Anita Field, Clay and Textile Artist; Fari Nzinga, Speed Museum; and Julia Muney Moore, Indy Arts Council.
Samantha Ortiz is a Brazilian-American visual artist working with the intersection of slow fashion and fine arts. Her work uses a wide variety of media including knitting, painting, language and others, exploring the power of human form and its self healing. She has participated in lectures, workshops, and exhibitions in Venice (Italy), Lisbon (Portugal), Madrid (Spain), Valparaíso (Chile), Indianapolis, New York, and many cities in Brazil.
Boxx The Artist synthesizes expressionistic portraiture through acrylic paintings, digital art, and public installations that examines the African Diaspora providing cultural images that honor a marginalized community. Her work captures different elements of life promoting health, wealth, wellness, and celebrating Blackness.
Scheuer’s work addresses themes of history, plants, the body, and healing. She is an assistant professor of printmaking in the Rueff School of Design, Art and Performance at Purdue University. With the support of this award, she will focus her creative practice in exploration of artist books.
Jacinda Russell is a conceptual artist, primarily working in photography and bookmaking. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Texas Gallery, Houston Center for Photography, Eyebeam, and the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Jacinda will travel to the Svalbard archipelago to participate in the Arctic Circle Residency where she will create six resin sculptures depicting ice and permafrost loss in various states of disintegration.
Ian Weaver is an artist and Associate Professor at Saint Mary's College, South Bend, IN. He has exhibited nationally, including at the Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM); The Chicago Cultural Center; the South Bend Museum of Art; and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. His residencies include Bemis Center for the Contemporary Arts; Ox-Bow; the ISCP Residency, New York; and Yaddo and the Millay Colony, both in upstate New York.
Shamira Wilson is an interdisciplinary visual artist, farm apprentice, and founder of the studio Wilson Art Lab, based in Indianapolis, IN. She creates artwork based on the geometry of plants. Plants speak in signs and symbols which she translates with paint. Wilson is a member of the Impact 100 giving circle and the Eighteen Artist Collective. Her public artworks can be seen in permanent collections including Indy Arts Council and Indiana State Museum.
Ventiko is a conceptual artist working in photography, film, performative experiences and social practice. Her/their work focuses on de/re-constructing societal positions on identity, specifically sexuality, persona, gender and the state of the modern woman. Ventiko’s works have been exhibited and experienced internationally at art fairs (PULSE, Select, Korean International Art Fair, Sluice, Photo LA), institutions (Tate Modern, MOMA, Queens Museum, Walters Art Museum) and in the public sphere (US, UK, Serbia, Dominican Republic, and Italy).
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