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.

Ohio Percent for Art/University of Cincinnati Law School Commission Announcement

Open To: Ohio and National Artists
Commission Amount: $274,000
Entry Open Date: Monday, November 8, 2021
Entry Deadline: Friday, January 7, 2022

University Of Cincinnati Law School

Project Summary: The University of Cincinnati (UC) is inviting Ohio and national artists to submit up to eight (8) digital images of past work for the UC Law School Percent for Art Project commission. From the submissions, a group of semi-finalists will be selected to visit the campus, meet with the committee (comprised of UC faculty and staff), and visit the artwork site location (virtually if needed) to create a site-specific artwork proposal. UC employees and their spouses are not eligible to apply for this commission. Students enrolled in any degree-granting program are not eligible to apply.

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Ohio Women's Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC) Request for Qualifications

Open To: Ohio artists, or artists with Ohio ties (born and raised, school, etc.)
Commission Amount: up to $1 million (inclusive of all costs/expenses)
Entry Open Date: Monday, October 18, 2021
Entry Deadline: Monday, November 29, 2021
Project Summary: The Ohio Women Suffrage Centennial Commission (WSCC), Secretary of State’s Office, and Ohio Arts Council invite Ohio artists (and those with ties to Ohio) to submit images of past work for consideration for a new commissioned memorial to be located on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. From the submissions, a group of semi-finalists will be selected to submit proposals for the Women’s Suffrage Memorial.

The project will be funded with private dollars. The Selection Committee comprised of WSCC members and state agency staff will review submitted artist images and resumes.

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Individual Excellence Award


The Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award deadline is September 1, 2021, at 5pm. Applications may be opened beginning June 1st, 2021.

For the deadline this year, we will be accepting applications in the following disciplines: choreography, criticism, fiction/non-fiction, music composition, playwriting/screenplays, and poetry. One application is accepted per applicant. To read the full program guidelines, click on the button below

Read the Application Guidelines

2021 Individual Excellence Awards - Archive