January 8, 2021


Tinworks Art, a Bozeman-based nonprofit, provides welcoming and immersive art experiences for all members of our community. We nurture diverse artistic voices and support their creation of ambitious, thought-provoking works of art.

This year, Tinworks Art is offering grants to Montana artists in the amount of $10,000 each to support creative work in the region. These are intended to remove hurdles that confront practicing artists in our state. In addition to this financial support, each artist will receive a studio visit from the Tinworks Art curatorial team, consideration for the Tinworks Art 2021 summer exhibition, and a place in our 2021 series of public artist talks. As part of the 2021 cohort, artists are expected to participate in one outreach activity that benefits either K-12 education or an underserved community.

For questions, see the FAQ Page or please email them at info@tinworksart.org.

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Grants are only open to those who meet all of the following criteria:

Must live in Montana or have a Montana tribal lineage.

Must be over the age of eighteen years.

Must be working in the fields of visual arts or performance.

Must not be a full-time student during the granting period of May 2021 to May 2022.

Applications due: February 15, 2021

Applicants notified of decision: March 15, 2021

Grants awarded: April 15, 2021

Early Career: This grant line supports artists with less than 5 years of professional experience in their chosen artistic field. Applicants should have some evidence of professional achievement, but not yet be recognized with a substantial record of exhibitions. Age is not a determining factor in this designation.

Endangered Knowledge: This grant line supports art that preserves or expands forms of knowledge that are in danger of disappearing. This includes but is not limited to: craftwork, traditional arts, storytelling, cultural practices, endangered languages, material skills and indigenous knowledge.

Indigenous Artist: This grant line supports Native American artists. This includes enrolled members of a federally recognized tribes as well as Native American descendants. Applicants should have a link to Montana, either as a current resident or as a member of a Montana tribe.

General Grant: All applications will be considered for the general grant.

In order to complete the application, you will need to have prepared the following:

Resume or Curriculum Vitae (pdf, doc, docx)
• Please include your exhibitions, education, publications, articles, awards, and collections.

A one-page Statement of Intent (pdf, doc, docx) that addresses the following:
• Your connection to Montana.
• Your proposed project or a description of an ongoing practice.
• How will this grant money remove a hurdle to completing your work? We understand that artists are confronted with diverse financial challenges including: materials costs, research travel, skills acquisition, studio space fees, childcare and housing costs.
• If you are applying for one or more of our earmarked grant lines, an explanation of that designation. No explanation is needed for the general grant.
• An outreach event or activity that would assist either a K-12 audience OR an underserved community in our area.

Image / Document List (pdf, doc, docx)
• This document should include a caption for each work you will upload, including: title, materials used, year completed, a short description, and any relevant contextual information. You may also provide video links (with passwords if needed) for time-based work.

Up to 10 Images or Documents (pdf, doc, docx, jpg, jpeg, png, or gif)
• Please label each file with your first and last name followed by a number corresponding to the Image / Document List (First-Last-01.jpg).
• Each file must be 5mb or less.


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