Current Award Opportunities

THE SANTO FOUNDATION INDIVIDUAL ARTIST AWARDS 2018

$20,000.00 Awarded to Visual Artists:  Three artists will be selected to each receive $5,000.00. Five additional awards of $1,000.00 each will also be awarded.  

The Santo Foundation is pleased to announce our 2018 Distinguished Juror, Laura Copelin.

ABOUT THE DISTINGUISHED JUROR
LAURA COPELIN is Director & Curator at Ballroom Marfa, established in 2003 in a converted 1927 dancehall in Marfa, Texas, as a space for creative artistic expression. In Marfa, she has realized numerous exhibitions and public programs including the curr
ent group exhibition, Hyperobjects with philosopher Timothy Morton (2018), the group exhibition Tierra. Sangre. Oro. with artist Rafa Esparza (2017), and is facilitating the stone circle, a major public commission by Haroon Mirza. At Ballroom she has also organized and coordinated projects such as the exhibition After Effect (2016); Artists’ Film International exhibitions and programs (2015-2018); the Marfa Dialogues/Houston symposium with FotoFest (2016); and more.

Copelin’s pre-Marfa experience spans the spectrum of arts organizations from serving as Assistant Curator at the Santa Monica Museum of Art in Los Angeles to participating in artist-run schools and residencies including: Machine Project’s Curatorial Academy; Mountain School for Arts; Summer Forum for Inquiry and Exchange; and the Los Angeles Seminary for Civic and Embodied Arts. 

The Santo Foundation is thrilled to connect the earnest, relevant and inspired spirit that Laura brings to her past and current work in California and Texas, to the work of the talented and devoted emerging artists from the United States and abroad who enter the call to the annual Individual Artist Awards.

 To apply:

  • Artists may submit online only through Call for Entry.org (CaFÉ).
  • Graduate School candidates are eligible. Students at earlier levels are not eligible.
  • Emerging, mid-career and mature artists are eligible and encouraged to apply.
  • All mediums of visual art are eligible including images, audio, video and performance.
  • This is an International call and all artists are welcome to apply regardless of country, state or residency status.
  • Please submit (minimum and maximum) 6 files of original work and a current artist cv/resume.
  • No artist statements.
  • Limit video segments to 3 minutes.
  • Please do not submit other materials.
  • Application fee of $40.00 USD.
  • Call for Entry dates: August 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018.
  • Distinguished Juror will review work samples and exhibition proposals. Santo Foundation staff is NOT a part of this process.
  • Work samples and application materials are electronically reviewed, rated and selected.
  • Winning Artists will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and on santofoundation.org in December 2018. The eight winning artists will be personally contacted upon selection.
  • Please note if you have questions regarding technical aspects of callforentry.org please contact their help desk. Please do not contact the juror.
  • If you have questions that do not involve Call for Entry technical issues contact francesca@santofoundation.org

Application Components & Things to Include or Consider:

  • Work Samples Upload 6 images (jpg) and/or video/sound files (mp3, mp4, wav, mov, mpg).
  • Artist CV/Resume: Upload 1 artist CV or resume (Should provide context for “where you are” in your art career. Should not be too long [no more than three pages] and should include art-career or other relevant info only)
  • Image Credits or Short Descriptions: If applicable, write a brief credit line or short description for each image, video, or sound file uploaded.
  • Select works that are no more than five years old, if possible.
  • Select works that show your best talents in one area (Depth over breadth).
  • “Clarity of Vision”: curate your work samples to create a cohesive identity for yourself as an artist to the Juror.

Three artists will be selected to each receive $5,000.00 USD.  Five additional awards of $1,000.00 USD each will also be awarded. 

Funds are to be used at the artist’s discretion with no follow up material required.


Our first exhibition since 2010, Santo Foundation is excited to celebrate the 10th year of our operating to support and celebrate the emerging visual artist with our Santo Foundation 10th Anniversary Exhibition Call.

An expansion of our existing model that we use for our Santo Foundation Individual Artist Awards, process of the Santo Foundation 10th Anniversary Exhibition call is one that encourages and nurtures the ecology of the contemporary fine art world in its best sense. The exposure of the work of cutting-edge emerging artists to exceptional curators who otherwise may not have ever seen their work, provides both the artists and the curators (Distinguished Curator) with a rich and authentic experience of where the industry and the state of our artistic cultural expression exists. 


Two Month Exhibition in Downtown St. Louis Awarded to Three 2-D and Video Visual Artists:  
Exhibition Awards: Three top artists will be selected to have a group exhibition in Webster University's Arcade Contemporary Art Projects' 6,029 square foot gallery in the historic Arcade Building in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, opening on Saturday, June 1, 2019 with a celebratory exhibition reception, and on view until Saturday, August 10, 2019.

Publication Awards: Each of the three selected artists will receive three complimentary copies of the full-color catalog documenting the works selected for the exhibition and featuring a forward by the Distinguished Curator regarding commentary and unique value of the selected artists and their respective work. 

Open to all 2-D and video artists, the three artist exhibition will occur in the The museum-quality gallery now comprises over 6,000 square feet that can be divided in various distinct exhibit spaces of varying proportions and sizes, due to the six 12'x12' floating walls. Total gallery running wall length is approximately 56 feet with all walls being no less than 12' in height. All exhibit spaces are appropriately track-lit. The Gallery has street-facing windows nearly floor to ceiling providing excellent public exposure on downtown St. Louis' 8th and Olive Streets, for the artwork 24/7.

The Santo Foundation is honored to announce our Distinguished Curator, GRETCHEN WAGNER, Saint Louis Art Museum's Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings and Photographs.

ABOUT THE CURATOR
The Santo Foundation is honored that Gretchen Wagner, Saint Louis Art Museum's Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Prints, Drawings and Photographs, serves as Distinguished Curator for the 10th Anniversary Exhibition Call.

The history of printmaking and the role of artist’s editions in contemporary practice is a primary focus of Wagner’s research. She has, for example, explored the worlds of 1970s conceptual art, Eastern European printmaking and the print as public art.

Wagner received a master’s degree in art history from Williams College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has held curatorial positions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center/Marfa Contemporary.

Highlights from the numerous exhibitions Wagner has curated and co-curated on topics ranging from German Expressionism to Fluxus Editions include: “Artist’s Artists: James Siena, Josh Smith and Charline von Heyl Collect Prints” at the International Print Center New York (2014) and “Art of Its Own Making” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (2014); as well as the MoMA exhibitions “Projects 98: Slavs and Tatars” (2012); “Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions, 1962-1978” (2011); and “Gabriel Orozco: Samurai Tree Invariants” (2009).

To apply:

  • Artists may submit online only through Call for Entry.org (CaFÉ).
  • Graduate School candidates are eligible. Students at earlier levels are not eligible.
  • Emerging, mid-career and mature artists are eligible and encouraged to apply.
  • All mediums of 2-D and video visual art are eligible including images, audio, video and performance.
  • This is an International call and all artists are welcome to apply regardless of country, state or residency status.
  • Please submit (minimum and maximum) 6 files of original work and a current artist cv/resume.
  • No artist statements.
  • Please do not submit other materials.
  • Application fee of $45.00 USD.
  • Call for Entry dates: September 1, 2018 through December 1, 2018.
  • Distinguished Curator will review work samples and exhibition proposals. Santo Foundation staff is NOT a part of this process.
  • Work samples and application materials are electronically reviewed, rated and selected.
  • Winning Artists will be announced on Facebook, Instagram and on santofoundation.org in January 2019. The three winning artists will be personally contacted upon selection.
  • Please note if you have questions regarding technical aspects of callforentry.org please contact their help desk. Please do not contact the juror.
  • If you have questions that do not involve Call for Entry technical issues, contact francesca@santofoundation.org.