DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award

2018 Timeline 
   Application: online application
   Application Guidelines: Click here (1.2 MB) to download
   Applications Deadline: Accepted on a rolling basis with quarterly deadlines
   Award Notifications: 15-days after quarterly deadline beginning November 10, 2017 (See guidelines)
   Workshop Dates: Beginning October 5, 2017, 5pm (See guidelines for complete schedule)

General Grant Information

As part of its mission, the Arts Council works with local foundations to support and nurture the careers of professional artists. In 2017, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation (CDFF) and the Arts Council of Indianapolis (ACI) will create and pilot a new juried artist grant/award program to provide quick turnaround project funding for professional artists in Indiana that promotes, celebrates, recognizes, and rewards excellence. The aim of the program is to recognize contemporary visual artists and support their exceptional projects.

The DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award Program will honor up to five contemporary visual artists with grants of up to $10,000 each year for aspirational visual arts projects. Each project must demonstrate an immediate need for the requested funds and be completed within the stated deadline. It is intended to allow a high-tolerance for risk and exploration and will provide support of an artist’s creative practice that will help her/him push their work in dynamic ways. Each artist will submit a final report at the end of the process, and may be included in a final curated exhibition.

For more information, please contact Leesa Jing at (317) 631-3301 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  


Thomas Ramey, The Gathering, 2010, Cor-ten steel, 20' x 86'  

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