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Awards and Grants

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Each year, NYFA provides over $650,000 in cash grants to individuals pursuing artistic excellence in all forms.

NYFA provides unrestricted grants of $7,000 to New York-based artists through NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships. First launched in 1985, the program has provided over $30 million to artists in 15 disciplines at critical stages in their creative development. The funds can be used in any manner the artists deem necessary to further their careers.

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are administered with leadership support from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

The extensive list of past awardees includes the winners of five Academy Awards, five Tony Awards, eight Pulitzer Prizes, two National Book Awards, and 15 MacArthur ''Genius'' Fellowships. Here are some fellows you'll recognize

The Canadian Women Artists' Award provides $5,000 financial support to an emerging or early career artist working in one of the 15 eligible disciplines designated by NYFA. To apply, applicants must be female Canadian citizens between the ages of 21 and 35 who are living and working in New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey. Students in bachelor's or master's degree programs are welcome to apply.

With the support of an anonymous donor, the annual Murray Reich Award enables artists with a long history of creative practice to pursue deeper investigations or new explorations that can inform and enrich their work. It was developed in memory of the artist Murray Reich, a New York-based painter who also had a highly regarded career as a professor of art at Bard College. 

Image: Christopher Woebken (Fellow in Digital/Electronic Arts '17), Situated Sampling Set, 2016, site-specific simulation still, inkjet prints, 1m x 1m