The Grants for Public Art Program has been temporarily suspended.
Given the lack of funding for cutting edge art and artists, art
production is often geared towards what sells and not what provokes
thought. The Grants for Public Art Projects intend to challenge
the current market-dominated system of art production and to move
art out of the market and into the "public realm."
For the most
part, people who go to galleries or museums or even alternative
spaces are people who are "in the know" in the art and
academic worlds. The Gunk Foundation is interested in supporting
projects that make it out of the museum, gallery, and alternative
spaces and into the spaces of daily life. For example, work that
is shown in the spaces of public transportation, city streets,
or work places and is seen by people "outside" of the
art and academic worlds. We are also interested in work that catches
one by surprise—the audience may not plan to be an audience (like
planning to go see a performance) but is one inadvertently (the
performance happens on the street on their way to work). We are
looking for non-traditional, thought-provoking public work that
is site specific: i.e the context in which it is seen is essential
to its meaning. It is our belief that work that is site specific
and that cuts into the space of everyday life will have the most
profound effect on politicizing the public realm.
of Projects Funded
provided for "works" of art (not, for example, art festivals,
group exhibitions or general operating support for public art
organizations). Because of our limited funds and the need to stay
focused, the committee has decided not to fund art education,
art therapy, mural projects, community gardens, restoration projects,
architectural design projects, traditional commemorative sculpture/painting,
traditional theater projects or documentary film. In addition,
it has also decided not to fund video, film, or music unless it
has been specifically earmarked for a non-traditional public space
(i.e. not public TV or radio). If you have questions concerning
whether your project fits into our guidelines, please call or
e-mail us to discuss your project: firstname.lastname@example.org or (845) 255-8252.
Please look at our philosophy
to understand what we feel are the three crucial elements of Public
Art - content, communication,
and context. Please also look in the grant
archive at the some of the previous works funded to get
a better idea of the type of work we are pursuing.
Any one can
apply - individuals, groups, or organizations—and there
is no need for a fiscal sponsor. International projects and artists
Of The Work:
most important criteria for the selection of projects is the merit
of the work proposed.
Does the work satisfy the Foundation's definition of "Public"
art? i.e. is the project site outside of the gallery, museum,
alternative spaces, and sculpture gardens and in the space of
daily life? Does the audience have to know about the piece,
or can they stumble upon it during their daily activities? Is
the content/meaning of the piece accessible to a public audience
(i.e. Is the meaning too vague? Will people who aren't "in the
arts" get it)?
B) Is the work primarily aesthetic or does
it also broach historical, social, environmental, political
and/or cultural issues? Projects that receive grants must use
aesthetic communication to encourage people to think about the
space that they are traveling through on a critical level. In
general, the committee is looking for non-traditional public
C) Is the work relevant to the cultural/social
situation in which it is seen? Does the site of the work enhance
D) Does the project reach a diverse audience?
Is the audience a non-traditional art audience?
Competence of the Project Participants:
The Grant Committee is interested in seeking out unestablished
artists as well as established artists but the participants need
to show competence in their field of expertise.
A) Have the participants tackled a project
of the same scope as the one they are proposing?
B) Does their previous work indicate artistic
and intellectual competence?
Is the project financially feasible?
B) Is there an adequate and reliable source of
C) Is the time-line realistic?
D) Has the necessity and feasibility of obtaining
permission to display the work at the desired site been evaluated?
—A grantee can apply for a second grant one year from receiving