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2016 WILLIAM H. JOHNSON PRIZE
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016, 5P

The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards grants to individuals who work in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre.

The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist. For our purposes, "early-career" is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that a prize is awarded. For example, a person who finished their studies in 2004 is eligible to apply in 2016, but not in 2017. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as a professional artist for more than twelve years.

The 2016 William H. Johnson Prize is $25,000 and the winner will be announced in December 2016.

APPLYING FOR THE 2016 JOHNSON PRIZE

READY TO BEGIN THE APPLICATION?
All applications must be submitted online, and the application must be started and completed in the same online session. Changes cannot be made to an application after it's been submitted. The 2016 Johnson Prize Application Worksheet is provided as a tool for applicants to use prior to starting the online application, to ensure that applicants have prepared all the materials required for completing and submitting the application.

QUESTIONS?
Take a look at the foundation's responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

APPLICANT INFORMATION
All information provided will be held in strict confidence by the foundation. A confirmation email will be sent to the applicant upon receipt of a completed online application.

Submit only the requested items; any additional materials will not be reviewed. Incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered.

NAME (required)
(MR./MRS./MS.) Mr. Mrs. Ms.
LAST
FIRST
MIDDLE
If another name is used professionally, please specify:
MAILING ADDRESS (required)
STREET
CITY
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PHONE (required)
EMAIL (required)
BIRTHDATE (MONTH | DAY | YEAR) (required)
UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION (if applicable)
NAME OF INSTITUTION
DATES OF ATTENDANCE (START YEAR | END YEAR)
DEGREE CONFERRED
GRADUATE EDUCATION (if applicable)
NAME OF INSTITUTION
DATES OF ATTENDANCE (START YEAR | END YEAR)
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HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THE FOUNDATION?
HAVE YOU PREVIOUSLY APPLIED FOR THE JOHNSON PRIZE?
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SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION MATERIALS
Verify application materials and all other requirements by reviewing the 2016 Johnson Prize Application Worksheet prior to starting the online application.

NO. 1 |  ARTIST'S STATEMENT (500 words max; DOC or PDF only):
Describe your artistic goals and the nature of your work, and how a financial grant would impact your pursuit of these goals. Outline any challenges, opportunities or successes encountered, and how these situations have affected you. In so doing, you may relate your situation to the events in William H. Johnson's biography, summarized below.
 

William H. Johnson left his native South Carolina in 1918 to study at the National Academy of Design in New York. Although he was acknowledged as the most talented artist in his class of 1926, he was passed over for a traveling scholarship, most likely because of his race. Rather than see Johnson flounder in the United States, his teacher, Charles Hawthorne, gave Johnson $1000 so that Johnson could travel to Europe. This act of faith and generosity was pivotal in Johnson's life, for it provided the seed from which his career flourished.


NO. 2 |  CURRICULUM VITAE (DOC or PDF only):
Upload a detailed CV:  


NO. 3 |  WORK SAMPLES:
Upload twelve (12) images of object-based work, or mail in a DVD of work samples in new genre.

IMAGES (each 500 KB, 600x800 pixels max; JPG only): Upload twelve (12) images of your work, and do not submit images of work more than five years old (i.e. dated 2010 or earlier). All JPG files must be named with sequential numbers ("01.jpg", "02.jpg", "03.jpg", etc.) and correspond with your Annotation document. Files must be submitted in JPG format; files in non-JPG format files will not be reviewed. Please also note that images showing your name will not be reviewed.

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DVD (MOV and/or MP3 only): In lieu of submitting still images, you may submit a DVD of work samples in new genre. DVDs may contain files with a combined runtime of no more than ten minutes (10'00") total, which must include a required preliminary reel no longer than three minutes (3'00") as a single file, and additional file(s) with a combined runtime of no more than seven additional minutes (7'00"). All files must be named with sequential numbers ("01.mov", "02.mov", "03.mov", etc.) and correspond with your Annotation document. DVDs must be postmarked by the application deadline and mailed to the foundation, "Attention: 2016 DVD for [Applicant's Name]". Only files in MOV or MP3 formats are accepted; any file in non-MOV and non-MP3 format will not be reviewed. Please note that any video showing your name will not be reviewed.

Check this box to confirm that you are mailing in a DVD and uploading your DVD annotation using the 'Annotation' section.


NO. 4 |  ANNOTATION FOR WORK SAMPLES (DOC or PDF only):
Provide TITLE, DATE, DIMENSIONS, MEDIA and ADDITIONAL NOTES if applicable for each work sample. Information must be numbered to correspond with your JPG, MOV and/or MP3 filenames ("01", "02", "03", etc.). Also provide a written explanation of the relationship(s) among your work samples if you submit both primary and secondary media (i.e. upload images and mail in a DVD).



NO. 5 |  LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION:
You must obtain two (2) letters from individuals familiar with your work and career; however, letters from commercial gallery owners, directors or staff will not be accepted. Prior-year letter(s) may not be used for a current-year application. Failure to submit one or both letter(s) will not disqualify your application, but will be taken into account during the review of your application. Each letter must be emailed directly from the recommender by the application deadline to info@whjohnsongrant.org with "2016 Recommendation for [Applicant's Name]" in the subject line.

If a recommendation letter cannot be emailed, the recommender may submit the letter via post directly to the foundation, "Attention: 2016 Recommendation for [Applicant's Name]". Mailed application letters must be postmarked by the application deadline and the recommender's signature must be included across the envelope's seal.

(A) 2016 Recommender's Name (1):
(B) 2016 Recommender's Name (2):


ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 5P ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016.