NOT REAL ART: The Grant is a $12,000 annual award designed to empower the practice of 12 contemporary artists, each who receive $1,000. Launched in 2019, grant recipients are announced at the NOT REAL ART Conference every spring in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more info about how to apply for the 2020 Grant. We’ll post important details soon.
Learn more about a selection of this year's recipients.
I am a self portrait photographer from Los Angeles. My art focuses mainly on mental health; the ups and downs that come with depression and the fear that comes with anxiety. But with that said, my photography is also an escape from those things. I turn my dreams into something others can see. I show adventure, growth, trust, and being in the moment. My art is about learning to live and learning to heal.
I spent the last two years studying selfies for my MFA in Digital Arts + New Media (UC Santa Cruz).
My cat drawings earned me a BA in Art (UC Berkeley). Now I live in Los Angeles.
I am always thinking about media and science fiction.
Fashion Designer, Fine Arts Instructor
Beth Abaravich has a Bachelor’s in Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and in Fashion Design from Otis College of Art and Design. In 2018 she received an MFA from Art Center College of Design and has worked as an assistant designer for Bob Mackie as well as a fashion illustrator, swimwear designer, and knitwear designer. She has also taught at Otis, FIDM, and Art Center.
More Than Money
We don't give our grant winners money, wish them luck and say goodbye. We give our grant winners a platform and community. Winning NOT REAL ART: The Grant gives winners a platform to tell their stories and promote their work. On October 16, 2019, the winners of NOT REAL ART: The Grant showcased new work at Art Share LA in DTLA. Over 200 people attended the event and many art works were sold. It was a great night for our winners, many of whom it was their first professional art show.