Strengthening investment and engagement in the arts FOR ARTISTS.

The Ohio Arts Council seeks to be a resource for the many talented artists residing and working in our state. Through its Individual Excellence Awards, Traditional Arts Apprenticeship, and Artists with Disabilities Access Program grants, the OAC honors artistic achievement and promotes creative collaboration that transcends generational and cultural boundaries. 

In addition to these funding programs, Ohio artists are further recognized and appreciated through the Ohio Poet Laureate and Spotlight: Featured Artists at the Governor's Residence programs, as well as the annual selection of Heritage Fellowship Award recipients. Check this page often to keep up-to-date with other opportunities currently available to individual artists.


Individual Excellence Award

The Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award application deadline for this year is September 4, 2018 at 5 p.m.

This year we are accepting applications in the following disciplines: crafts, design arts, interdisciplinary/performance art, media arts, photography, visual arts 2D, and visual arts 3D. One application is accepted per applicant. To read the full program guidelines and to apply, click on the buttons below:

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