YVR Art Foundation Emerging and Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program 2020 for BC and Yukon Indigenous artists

YVR Art Foundation Emerging and Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program 2020 for BC and Yukon Indigenous artists

Deadline: January 30, 2020

YVR Art Foundation invites applications to BC and Yukon Indigenous artists for the 2020 Emerging Artist Scholarship Program and the Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program. The Foundation provides support for Indigenous artists through these programs in the form of annual scholarships of $5,000 to enable them work with a master artist, attend a recognized school of art or work on a special project.

Programs

  • Emerging Artist Scholarship Program: In collaboration with corporate, foundation and individual donors, YVR Art Foundation offers up to eight visual art scholarships annually to emerging BC and Yukon Indigenous visual artists (age 17-29) to work with an artist mentor or study at a recognized art school. The Emerging Artist Scholarship award enables artists to study/work with an artist mentor or attend a recognized school of art over a one-year period. Scholarship recipients’ artwork is exhibited at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) for one year.
  • Mid-Career Artist Scholarship Program: YVR Art Foundation offers up to three visual art scholarships annually to BC and Yukon Indigenous artists who are at the next stage of establishing themselves as artists. The scholarships enable artists (age 30+) to work with a master artist, attend a recognized school of art or work on a special project.

Benefits

The Emerging Artist Scholarship Award is not just a monetary award.

  • Scholarship recipients are brought to Vancouver, taken on a tour of the YVR Art Collection, and are invited along with their families to a Scholarship Awards event.
  • The following day, after a complimentary hotel stay, recipients tour a variety of galleries, museums, and artist studios before returning home.
  • The Emerging Artist Scholarship award provides recipients with inspiration, contacts, exposure to the art community, and ongoing support, not only during the award year, but in the years to come. 
  • In addition, at the conclusion of the scholarship year, recipients are brought back to Vancouver for a display of their completed art work at the awards event, after which their work is exhibited at YVR, where it is seen by the 25 million local and international passengers travelling through Vacnouver International Airport each year.
  • Recipients are each awarded $5,000. 

The Mid-Career Artist Scholarship award

  • The scholarship award assists the artist to study with a master artist, pursue a special project or attend a recognized school of art over a one-year period.
  • Mid-Career Scholarship recipients may also exhibit their artwork at the Vancouver International Airport for one year.
  • Recipients are each awarded $5,000. 

Eligibility

To be eligible for a YVR Art Foundation Emerging Artist Scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be of BC or Yukon First Nations ancestry*
  • Reside in BC or Yukon
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 29 in 2020 (born between 1991 – 2003)
  • Create visual art that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations culture
  • Have the goal of becoming a professional artist
  • Have been accepted to study with an artist mentor or at a recognized school of art 
  • Commit to attend the annual Scholarship Awards Event in Vancouver at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on Friday, May 29, 2020 in recognition of their award and attend one year later on Friday, May 28, 2021 in recognition of their completed artwork (travel and accommodation to attend the event is provided for recipients who do not reside within the metro Vancouver region)¬
  • Commit to delivering their completed Scholarship artwork to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) by April 2021.

Note: an Emerging Artist Scholarship can be awarded to an individual a maximum of two times.

To be eligible for a YVR Art Foundation Mid-Career Artist Scholarship, applicants must: 

  • Be of BC or Yukon First Nations ancestry*
  • Reside in BC or Yukon
  • Be age 30 or older in 2020 (born in 1990 or before)
  • Create visual art that reflects BC or Yukon First Nations culture
  • Have completed basic art training including but not limited to formal education in visual arts, worked with an artist mentor or a combination of similar experience
  • Have achieved local and/or provincial recognition through public presentation of their artwork
  • Be able to submit a portfolio of artwork that demonstrates the artist’s commitment to their practice

Application

Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on requirements.

Apply for Emerging Artist Scholarship and Mid-Career Artist Scholarship

For more information, visit YVR Art Foundation.

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