Strengthening investment and engagement in the arts FOR ARTISTS.

The Ohio Arts Council supports the many talented artists residing and working in our state through grant funding and resources. Through its  Individual Excellence AwardsTraditional Arts Apprenticeship, and Artists with Disabilities Access Program grants, the OAC provides the financial support and recognition to continue their work, share their expertise with others, and grow and develop as artists. In addition to these funding programs, Ohio artists are further recognized and appreciated through the Ohio Poet Laureate and Heritage Fellowship Award programs.

Individual Excellence Award


The Ohio Arts Council FY 23 Individual Excellence Award deadline is September 1, 2022, at 5pm. Applications may be opened beginning June 1st, 2022.

For the deadline this year, we will be accepting application in the following disciplines: crafts, design arts/illustration, 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, click on the button below.

Read the Application Guidelines

2022 Individual Excellence Award Panelists

2022 Individual Excellence Award Archive