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/BGSU School of Built Environment  

Commission Announcement  

Open To: Ohio and National Artists                                                                                                             
Commission Amount: $146,000 
Entry Open Date: Friday, July 23, 2021 
Entry Deadline: Friday, September 3, 2021 

Project Summary: Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is inviting Ohio and national artists to submit up to nine (9) digital images of past work for the School of the Built Environment Percent for Art Project commission. From the submissions, a group of semi-finalists will be selected to visit the campus (virtually if required), meet with the committee (comprised of BGSU faculty and staff), and visit the artwork site location(s) to create a site-specific artwork proposal. BGSU employees and their spouses are not eligible to apply for this commission. Students enrolled in any degree-granting program are not eligible to apply. 

To read full commission announcement and apply visit: 


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