Empowering Artists for Success

2019 Grant Recipients

Congratulations to our 2019 NOT REAL ART Grant Recipients!
  • Tayla Coviello
  • Marguerite Kalhor
  • Beth Abaravich
  • Edmund Arevalo
  • Juliana Bustillo
  • Karen Fiorito
  • Jessie Noguchi
  • Rachel O’Donnell
  • Maria Belseiro
  • Eben Eldridge
  • Monica Leal Cueva
  • Anthony Louis-Just

About The Grant

NOT REAL ART: The Grant is a $12,000 annual award designed to empower the practice of emerging contemporary artists. Launched in 2019, grant recipients are announced in Los Angeles at the NOT REAL ART: The Conference. If you're an emerging contemporary artist, be sure to apply to win our grant in 2020!

More Than Money

We don't just give our grant winners money and say goodbye. NOT REAL ART Grant winners get a platform and community to tell their stories and promote their work. We feature our winners on our podcast, we interview them and create feature articles about them on our blog. And, we curate an art exhibition featuring their art work! 

Apply for The 2020 Grant

NOT REAL ART: The Grant is a $12,000 annual award designed to empower 
the practice of 6 contemporary artists, each who receive $2,000.

  • The Grant Application process is simple, you submit your contact details, a brief bio, your artist statement and pictures or graphics of up to 5 pieces you wish to submit for consideration.
  • We suggest you get all of your materials and images ready before filing your application using the online form. Click on the "SUBMIT YOUR 2020 GRANT APPLICATION" button or link to get started. 
  • We will be in touch to confirm receipt of your application.

Apply Here:

Click the button below to apply for the 2020 Grant. We’ll post important additional details and updates about the grant in January 2020.


Meet The Winners

Learn more about our 2019 grant recipients.

Juliana Bustillo: 2019 Grant Winner

Bustillo describes her art as abstracted cityscapes, doodles, with an anything goes motto. “Because when it’s anything goes, you can MacGyver the sh**t out of it!”

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Edmund Arevalo: 2019 Grant Winner

Edmund Arevalo is not a typical Filipino artist – they like to do portraits and they think art is about beauty. But to me, I look at art differently. Art doesn’t have to be beautiful to be art. “The best thing about being an artist is having the freedom to say what you want to say on the canvas.”

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Beth Abaravich: 2019 Grant Winner

Beth Abaravich is a working artist focused on bridging fashion and sculpture. “The best thing about being an artist is having a voice that is completely unique.”

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The Exhibition

We Celebrate and Elevate our Grant Winners...

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.