Relief Program Created to Help Virginia’s Visual Artists During Pandemic

Forty artists will receive $5,000 each. Applications accepted until July 10

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ALEXANDRIA, VA – Visual artists are an immensely creative group dedicated to their craft. Yes, paintings and other works can sell for lots of money. But what happens when an artist is not widely known? Sometimes the act of creating becomes a means of survival. The ability to make ends meet on sales and speaking engagements becomes an art itself.

As with so much of American life, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the artist’s cycle of creating and selling. Today, Gov. Ralph S. Northam (D-VA), First Lady Pamela Northam, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) Director and CEO Alex Nyerges announced a new aid program.

The Virginia Artist Relief Fellowship Program is funded by the VMFA’s Artist Fellowship Endowment, in existence since 1941.

Forty Virginia artists will be selected to receive a grant of $5,000 each. Applications will be accepted online until July 10. To be eligible, applicants must live and work in Virginia, be 21 years or older, and obtain a significant part of their income from their artwork.

Those selected to receive the grant will be notified on July 24. For complete requirements and to apply, click HERE

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