Visual Arts

Call For Artists: Andy Warhol Foundation and The Idea Fund Will Award $4,000 to Ten Texas Artists

An Andy Warhol namesake is all up in Houston's stuff, and that's a good thing for Texas artists.

The Idea Fund, a grant opportunity funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, is currently seeking applicants for its 2011-2012 program. Ten Texas-based artists will each receive $4,000 that awards "artists, associations of artists and/or curators that create and showcase new work that involves the public via process, production, or presentation," according to the Idea Fund Web site.

Houston is the second arts community targeted by the Andy Warhol Foundation, according to the site. As a result, Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks and Project Row Houses are in charge of administrative tasks as well as re-granting the moolah.

Additionally, Artpace in San Antonio, Dallas Contemporary, Rubin Center at the University of Texas-El Paso and Women and Their Work in Austin have formed partnerships with The Idea Fund in order to spread the word.

The artist call isn't super picky as the Fund is currently accepting proposals in just about every medium. Project ideas are pretty much all-encompassing, too, and range from exhibitions and public art projects to artist residencies and collective-centric shows/performances.

The application deadline is October 3. To get hip to the details, check out The Idea Fund Web site and/or attend one, two or all of these informational sessions:

*Wednesday, August 17, at 6 p.m. at Aurora Picture Show, 1524 Sul Ross

*Wednesday, August 31, at 6 p.m. at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway

*Thursday, September 15, at noon at Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman Street

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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