Strengthening investment and engagement in the arts FOR ARTISTS.

The Ohio Arts Council supports the many talented artists residing and working in our state through grant funding and resources. Through its  Individual Excellence AwardsTraditional Arts Apprenticeship, and Artists with Disabilities Access Program grants, the OAC provides the financial support and recognition to continue their work, share their expertise with others, and grow and develop as artists. In addition to these funding programs, Ohio artists are further recognized and appreciated through the Ohio Poet Laureate and Heritage Fellowship Award programs.

Individual Excellence Award


The Ohio Arts Council FY 23 Individual Excellence Award is now closed. Applications opened June 1st, 2022, and the deadline was September 1, 2022.
For the deadline this year, we accepted applications in the following disciplines: crafts, design arts/illustration, interdisciplinary/performance art, media arts, photography, visual arts 2D, and visual arts 3D. Next year, FY24, we will accept applications in the following disciplines: choreography; criticism; fiction/non-fiction; music composition; playwriting/screenplays; and poetry. Applications will open June 1, 2023, and the deadline will be September 1, 2023 at 5pm. One application is accepted per applicant. To read the program guidelines and the FAQs click on the buttons below.

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ARTIE Help Guide

FY 2023 Panelist Bios