Through its Visual Artist Support Program (VASP), the Pirkle Jones Fund (formerly the Pirkle Jones Foundation) at the Marin Community Foundation aims to recognize, encourage, and nurture artistic imagination and drive, commitment to the creative process, aesthetic standards and future artistic potential. To that end, in 2020 the fund will award its ninth individual $25,000 grant through the program to an emerging or mid-career visual artist residing in Marin County.
The grant is intended to support a promising artist and may be used for any purpose, including living expenses. In 2019, Lela Shields, a resident of Fairfax, was the tenth recipient of a grant from the fund’s Visual Artist Support Program, enabling the large-scale painter and illustrator to secure studio space in West Marin.
To be eligible for the grant, applicants must reside in Marin County, California; work in one or more of the following mediums: ceramics, collage, drawing, installation, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, static digital art; be an emerging (0-7 years) or mid-career (5-15 years) artist; have an individual pre-tax income no greater than $91,250/year (an income figure based on self-sufficiency standards for Marin County); be 18 years of age or older at the time of application; apply as an individual; and have never received a previous grant from the Pirkle Jones Foundation/Fund.
All applications must be submitted on or before April 3, 2020, for consideration. The award will be announced by June 22, and the award itself will be allocated by July 20, 2020.
For the additional information, including the 2020 VASP application form, see the Marin Community Foundation website.