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Our Grant

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Daniela Garcia - Artwork 1

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John Chang - Artwork 5

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2024 Grant

Our 2024 Artist Grant Is Now Open:

Let Your Art Shine!

Calling all creative minds working in the realm of visual art!  We are thrilled to announce the Not Real Art 2024 Grant Program is officially accepting submissions. If you're ready, so are we!  Simply submit your work today for a chance to win $2,000,  and thousands more in PR and marketing support! 

About Our Grant

Founded in 2019 and powered by Arterial, the NOT REAL ART Grant for Artists is a $12,000 annual award designed to empower the practice of 6 contemporary artists, each of whom receive $2,000. But, NOT REAL ART Grant winners get more than money. Each recipient gets to share their story and promote with exclusive, in-depth featured interviews on the NOT REAL ART podcast and blog. And, whether or not you receive our grant, every applicant automatically qualifies to be included in future blog stories, newsletters and our artist marketing database! 



What Participating Artists Have To Say...


The many benefits of participating in the Grant process go beyond the chance of winning some grant money. Hear from some of the artists who joined our diverse community: 

Great overall

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I’ve found the experience with the NOT REAL ART Grant to be great overall! Not once have I felt out of the loop, every email is informative and interesting! I really appreciate being regularly updated on the current status of the application, as well as new and exciting events!

Leandra Brandson - Artist

Thank you for the great experience

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I’ve been so anxious throughout this whole process, but in a good way! This is the first grant I’ve ever applied for and I wasn’t sure how the experience was going to go. I want to thank you for the great experience and for being so informative.

Sabrina Hairston - Artist

No complaints!

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No complaints and especially thank you for the (weekly) Monday emails.

Jada Fabrizio - Artist

You keep us informed…

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“I actually enjoy the weekly emails and I look forward to them. I think it is great that you keep us all informed.

Jessica Braun - Artist

Thank you!

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Appreciate the grant and how easy the process has been. I enjoy the email updates and newsletters. Thank you!

Nadia Marie Belvanson - Artist

I felt understood as an artist…

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I really enjoyed the process of applying to this grant. Unlike some other grants, I felt understood as an artist. I also really appreciate the frequent email (updates) which keep us in the loop. I truly feel part of this process, regardless of the results. It really makes me want to be a part of this community.

Diane Navarro - Artist

Your updates make me feel involved and appreciated

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It’s wonderful to be updated on the status of the grant process. Many times, when you submit for a grant, you don’t hear anything. This can be very nerve wracking. The updates make the artist feel more involved and appreciated.

Miriam Kruishoop - Artist

I loved the podcasts too

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This experience has been great! I loved the podcasts too!

Sherry Knutson - Artist

Will there be cake?

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Overall, you are doing okay. However, all the emails revving us up for "the big announcement," triggers a stress response in me. I don’t want to be wound up and revved up for yet another rejection. It’s like dealing with my aging cat sitting at the door. In or out? Make up your mind. Will there be cake afterwards? I do better with cake.

Terri Lloyd - Artist

Thank you for all you do

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The submission process was straight forward and you provided a way for video to be viewed which can sometimes be a challenge in submission processes. Thank you for all you do and for your support of the arts!

Carmen Menza - Artist

Well done…

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This build-up to the "big announcement" is kind of nice! Even if I get it I appreciate the anticipation and recognition. I also love the concept since so much of our work is hard to define or categorize, as art should be, not the exception. Well done!

Sarah Madeleine T. Guerin - Artist

Not looking for trophies

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Instead of an "art trophy" for winners, why not just add more to cash the grant award? Pretty sure grant applicants are not looking for trophies.

Joseph Weinzettle - Artist


News & Grant Articles

Hear from some of the artists who joined our diverse community: 

FINAL CHANCE: The 2024 NOT REAL ART Grant Cycle Closes Jan. 1 at Midnight

Cheers to a new year and another chance to get it right. The end of 2023 means our 2024 grant cycle is

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DEADLINE APPROACHING: One Week Left to Apply for the 2024 NOT REAL ART Grant

New Years is right around the corner, which means our 2024 grant cycle is closing in one short week! We’re so excited

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DEADLINE APPROACHING: Two Weeks Left to Apply for the 2024 NOT REAL ART Grant

T-minus two weeks until our 2024 grant cycle closes! We can’t believe how fast this year’s flown by, but we’re excited to

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Call For Artists: Apply to the 2024 NOT REAL ART Grant Now

Our mission at NOT REAL ART has always been to support the creative community in many ways. Founded in 2019, the grant

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Say Hello to the 2022 NOT REAL ART Grant Winners

It’s finally here. After months of planning, we at NOT REAL ART are proud to present our first art exhibition, part of

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Meet The Winners of the 2022 NOT REAL ART Grant for Artists

Congratulations to our new 2022 class of grant winners! Congratulations to our 2022 grant winners Founded in 2019,  the NOT REAL ART

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Pretty in Plastic Creates One-of-a-Kind Awards for NOT REAL ART Grant Winners

Nearly one year ago, NOT REAL ART announced its 2021 grant winners, six artists who push the boundaries of what’s possible in

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Last Call: Apply for the Annual NOT REAL ART Grant by May 1

Our mission at NOT REAL ART has always been to support the creative community in a variety of ways. Founded in 2019,

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Albert Cleophus Willis: 2021 Not Real Art Grant Winner

Grant winner, Albert Cleophus Willis, who prefers to go by ‘Cleophus’ in the fine art world, was a little surprised when he

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Carmen Mardonez: 2021 Not Real Art Grant Winner

Not Real Art grant winner, Carmen Mardonez grew up in Chile. The oldest of nine siblings, Mardonez shares that growing up in

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Daniela Garcia: 2021 Not Real Art Grant Winner

Grant winner, Daniela Garcia, grew up in Lake Los Angeles, a small town on the outskirts of the Antelope Valley, and Guanajuato,

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Nadyia Duff: 2021 Not Real Art Grant Winner

In high school, Not Real Art Grant winner, Nadyia Duff, chose Cooking as her elective. But, as fate – or the art

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John Chang: 2021 Not Real Art Grant Winner

Not Real Art Grant Winner, John Chang was born and raised in Shanghai, which he describes as a “big city – the

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Natalia Villanueva Linares: 2021 Not Real Art Grant Winner

International artist and grant winner, Natalia Villanueva Linares was born in the south of France to Peruvian parents. A graduate of École

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John Chang: 2021 NOT REAL ART Grant Winner

Today’s guest on the Not Real Art Podcast is John Chang, one of our six 2021 Not Real Art Grant winners. John

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Natalia Villanueva Linares: 2021 NOT REAL ART Grant Winner

Natalia Villanueva Linares is today’s guest and one of our amazing 2021 NRA grant winners! Natalia hails from Peru and France and

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Celebrating Our Grant Winners

NOT REAL ART Announces Its 2022 Grant Recipients: 

We are extremely proud of our 2022 class of grant winners. Each of these artists are now part of the NOT REAL ART Family. They join a community of past grant recipients, which brings our total of alumni of grant winners to 30 artists. 

As years past, our 2022 winners personify exceptional conceptual vision, technical ability and artist integrity. They are: Kiley AmesBuena JohnsonElla Maria Foley-RayY Hope OsbornJo-Ann MorganJoan Cox

To see the work of the 2022 Grant Recipients, please visit our on-line exhibition:

NOT REAL ART Announces Its 2021 Grant Recipients: 

Help us celebrate the diverse group of 2021 Grant Winners. Please keep up the great work and the courage of your convictions. Your contributions to human culture are invaluable as they challenge our minds and feed our souls.

John ChangNadyia DuffDaniela GarciaCarmen MardonezNatalia VillanuevaAlbert Willis

To see the work of the 2021 Grant Recipients, please visit our on-line exhibition:

NOT REAL ART Announces Its 2020 Grant Recipients: 

It’s the kind of news everyone wants to receive at least once in their life – getting the news “you won!”. Today, six visual artists are about to get such positive news as they read this piece to learn they are the recipients of the 2020 NOT REAL ART Grant.

NOT REAL ART aspires to honor artists invaluable contributions to human culture by empowering their careers in meaningful, thoughtful and relevant ways. As an organization, NOT REAL ART exists to celebrate and elevate creative culture by empowering artists, helping artists tell their stories and promote their art.

NOT REAL ART Announces Its 2019 Grant Recipients: 

Grant recipients are selected based on a written application and artwork samples. Recipients demonstrate a strong sense of ingenuity, emotion and craft in their work.

Recipients were announced on March 16, 2019 in Los Angeles at the NOT REAL ART Conference for Creators, presented in partnership with Art Share LA.

Questions About Our Grant?

What is the Not Real Art 2024 Grant Program?

The Not Real Art 2024 Grant Program is an initiative sponsored by the Crewest Studio, LLC that offers six unrestricted grants of $2,000 each to eligible artists.

Who is eligible to apply for the grant?

The grant is open to practicing visual artists working in a two-dimensional medium, who are at least 21 years old and are residents of the United States.

When does the submission period end?

Submissions open on July 1, 2023, and close at midnight (Pacific Time) on January 1, 2024.

How can I apply for the grant?

You need to complete the submission process through the official website, providing at least three and no more than five works as part of your application.

Can I submit collaborative works?

No, collaborative works cannot be submitted. The submitted works must be the original work of the artist making the application.

What happens if I am chosen as a grant recipient?

If you are selected as a grant recipient, you will receive a single payment of $2,000. You may use the granted funds for any purpose at your own discretion.

Can previous recipients of the Not Real Art grant apply for the 2024 program?

No, prior Not Real Art grant recipients are not eligible for the 2024 program.

How is the selection process carried out?

A panel of reviewers, selected by Not Real Art and Crewest Studio, will evaluate all eligible submissions. The process includes a subjective assessment of your materials and artworks.

How can I use my grant funds?

You need to complete the submission process throGrant recipients may use the funds for any purpose they see fit, they have complete discretion over its use.ugh the official website, providing at least three and no more than five works as part of your application.

Is there a specific point of contact for questions about the Program?

Yes, please direct any questions related to the Program or Terms and Conditions to: info@notrealart.com.

Do I need an MFA to apply for the grant?

No, the grant is open to all artists, irrespective of their education or experience levels.

Is this grant open to non-US residents?

No, you must be a resident of the United States to be eligible for the grant.

What are the benefits of submitting an application, even if I don't win?

By submitting your application, you automatically get entered into our artist database. This not only gives you a chance to be considered for the current grant but also opens up opportunities for future publicity and exposure, regardless of whether you win the grant or not.

Who will be judging the applications for the grant?

Our panel for grant judging comprises a diverse mix of professional artists, art enthusiasts, and collectors. For more detailed information about our judges, please visit https://notrealart.com/grant2024.

How will I be updated about the status of my application?

We highly value communication and keep our applicants up-to-date about the process regularly to ensure they are always informed about their application status.

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