Strengthening investment and engagement in the arts FOR ARTISTS.

The Ohio Arts Council seeks to be a resource for the many talented artists residing and working in our state. Through its  Individual Excellence Awards, Traditional Arts Apprenticeship, and  Artists with Disabilities Access Program grants, the OAC honors artistic achievement and promotes creative collaboration that transcends generational and cultural boundaries. 

In addition to these funding programs, Ohio artists are further recognized and appreciated through the Ohio Poet Laureate and Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Governor's Residence programs, as well as the annual selection of Heritage Fellowship Award recipients. Check this page often to keep up-to-date with other  opportunities currently available to individual artists.

 

Ohio Artist Registry 2022 Juried Exhibition

Open To: Ohio visual artists registered on the Ohio Artist Registry
Entry Open Date: Monday, September 13, 2021
Entry Deadline: Friday, October 22, 2021
Jury Awards: 2 - $500 Juror Choice Awards

Exhibition Summary: The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) in partnership with the Friends of the Library and Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) presents the Ohio Artist Registry Juried exhibition. These three organizations have collaborated for more than a decade on prior iterations of this type of exhibition. In 2022, for the first time this reimagined exhibition will feature the work of Ohio artists who are members of the new Ohio Artist Registry (OAR). The new Ohio Artist Registry, which inherits the legacy of the retired Ohio Online Visual Artist Registry (OOVAR), showcases work by artists from Ohio.

 To read full call for entry and apply visit: https://oarexhibition.artcall.org/

 


 

The University of Akron - Crouse Hall Outdoor Sculpture Percent for Art Commission

The University of Akron (UA) is inviting Ohio and national artists to submit up to eight (8) digital images of past sculptural work, an artist statement/cv as one document, and an image list, for the Crouse Hall Percent for Art Project commission. From the submissions, a group of semi-finalists will be selected to visit the campus, meet with the committee (comprising UA faculty and staff), and visit the artwork site location in preparation of creating a site-specific artwork proposal. UA employees and their spouses are not eligible to apply for this commission, nor are students enrolled in any degree-granting program.

To read the full commission announcement and to apply visit: https://ohiopercentforart-uacrousehall.artcall.org
 


Ohio Percent for Art/Ohio University Clippinger Laboratories Commission Announcement

Open To: Ohio and National Artists
Commission Amount: $314,000
Entry Open Date: Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Entry Deadline: Friday, October 8, 2021
Project Summary: Ohio University (OU) is inviting Ohio and national artists to submit up to eight (8) digital images of past work for the OU – Clippinger Laboratories Percent for Art Project commission. From the submissions, a group of semi-finalists will be selected to visit the campus, meet with the committee (comprised of OU faculty and staff), and visit the artwork site location(s) to create a site-specific artwork proposal. OU employees and their spouses are not eligible to apply for this commission. Students enrolled in any degree-granting program are not eligible to apply.

To read full commission announcement and apply visit: https://ohiopercentforart-oucommissionannouncement.artcall.org

 


 


Individual Excellence Award

The Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award deadline is September 1, 2021, at 5pm. Applications may be opened beginning June 1st, 2021.

For the deadline this year, we will be accepting applications in the following disciplines: choreography, criticism, fiction/non-fiction, music composition, playwriting/screenplays, and poetry. One application is accepted per applicant. To read the full program guidelines, click on the button below

Read the Application Guidelines

2021 Individual Excellence Awards - Archive