The Canadian Women Artists’ Award

The Canadian Women Artists’ Award is a $5,000 cash grant open to Canadian women artists ages 25-40 in New York State.

The Canadian Women Artists’ Award (CWAA) is supported by funding granted to NYFA by the Canadian Women’s Club (CWC) of New York as a way to continue its philanthropic work when it disbanded.


The CWAA is an unrestricted cash grant and can be used in any manner the recipient deems necessary to further their artistic goals.

In 2022, CWC and NYFA will be awarding three (3) $5,000 awards, one in each of the following categories:

  1. Visual Arts: Painting, Photography, Craft/Sculpture, Printmaking/Drawing, or Interdisciplinary Work
  2. Media and Design: Video/Film, Experimental Sound, or Design
  3. Literary Arts: Poetry, Nonfiction, Fiction, or Playwriting/Screenwriting


The Canadian Women Artists’ Award is open to Canadian women artists living in New York State who meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a Canadian citizen, and able to provide proof of citizenship with legal documentation upon receipt of the award.
  • Must be between the ages of 25 and 40 before the application deadline.
  • Must be a current resident of New York State.
  • Must apply in only one of the eligible discipline categories.
  • Must be the originators of the work.
  • Must not be a previous recipient of the Canadian Women Artists’ Award.
  • Must not be a NYFA employee, member of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists’ Advisory Committee, and/or an immediate family member of any of the previous.

Students in bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are eligible to apply.


Applications Open: Tuesday, May 24, 10:00 AM EDT
Applications Close: Tuesday, September 13, 5:00 PM EDT (extended from Tuesday, August 30)
Applicants Notified: Friday, October 21



NYFA is committed to supporting artists from every background, and at all stages in their creative careers. We strongly encourage artists of color, LGBTQ+ artists, artists with disabilities, and artists living outside of the metropolitan area to apply.

To request an accommodation or assistance in applying, please email [email protected]. We ask that requests for accommodation be made as soon as possible, or by Tuesday, August 30, 2022, to allow adequate time for staff to support you in submitting an application before the deadline.


Rena Anakwe, Visual Arts

Sana A. Malik, Media & Design


Destinie Adelakun, Photography

Sara Jimenez, Interdisciplinary Work


Celeste Yim, Playwriting/Screenwriting


Émilie Martel, Video/Film


Anna Webber, Music/Sound

Image Credit: Destinie Adelakun, ADE – Oshun and Oya’s crown, 2020