Artadia has active awards programs in the following cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area. Awards are granted in participating cities on a rotating basis. Artadia Awards range from $5,000 to $20,000, and are unrestricted. The award money can be used however the artist sees fit.

Artadia chooses to fund artists in cities that demonstrate a commitment to contemporary art. These cities are notable for:

    •    The active presence of local artists in the community.
    •    Art institutions recognized for innovative contemporary programming.
    •    A commercial art market that offers artists opportunities to show their work locally and at art fairs.
    •    Exemplary schools that prepare artists through undergraduate and graduate programs.

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Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue is now accepting applications for the 2015 Houston Artadia Awards from all visual artists who have lived and worked within Harris County, TX for two years or more. Individual artists and collaboratives working in all visual media and at any stage in their career are strongly encouraged to apply. Awardees will be selected through a two-tiered jury process that employs a panel of prominent curators and established artists in the winter of 2015. This is the ninth Houston Award cycle. 



To be eligible to apply for the 2015 Houston Artadia Awards, artists must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a contemporary visual artist (making artwork for presentation in a contemporary art context: museum, galleries, arts non-profit, the public art realm, etc. Artadia does not fund filmmakers making films for distribution in cinematic venues).
  • Live and work within Harris County, TX
  • Have resided in Houston (Harris County, TX) for at least two years prior to the application deadline.
  • Not currently be enrolled in an art-related degree program or long-term residency, nor be planning to attend an art-related degree program or long-term residency in the coming year.
  • Not be related to Artadia staff or directors in any way.
  • Have not received an Artadia Award or an award from The Art Council for $10,000 or more in the past.

Artadia Awards are given based on the merit of the work. Artadia does not fund projects. 


Artadia employs a rigorous two-tiered jury process that combines local expertise with outside perspective from leading national and international curators, artists and critics. A preliminary panel of curators and artists evaluates all submissions and selects 10 Award Finalists.  A second panel of curators travels to the Award city and conducts studio visits with the 10 Finalists. From the Finalist pool, three to five winners will be selected to receive an award between $5,000 and $20,000. 


July 15 - October 15: Application open
Late October: Finalists notified
November 18 - 20: Studio visits with finalists
Late November: Houston Awardees announced

See a preview of the application here.

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Please direct any questions to with the subject line "2015 Houston Awards Application". We will answer your questions as soon as possible. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.