Emerging Artist Grants

sponsoring promising visual artists for 20 years.

Nick Aguayo

Danielle Dean

Claudia Cortinez

Daniel Bejar

MilJohn Ruperto

“Our goal continues to be to choose artists that will make the most lasting contribution to contemporary art; among so many outstanding applications, the selection process gets more difficult every year.” 

Susan Hort

Since 1996 The Rema Hort Mann Foundation has awarded The Emerging Artist Grant to promising visual artists in the greater New York metropolitan region. Our alumni of past grant recipients include well respected artists such as Sarah Sze, Erik Parker, Dana Schutz, Keltie Ferris, Mickalene Thomas, and others that are now represented by major galleries and housed in a number of public and private American and International collections. 


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LA Initiative

Art Los Angeles Contemporary 2014 Opening Night

2014 LA Initiative Grantee Allison O’Daniel accepts her award from Santa Monica Councilman Bobby Shriver with Stanley Hollander

In 2012, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation went bicoastal; extending its Emerging Artist Grant program to Los Angeles. After witnessing the migration of many young artists to the area, the Foundation saw this as another population that would greatly benefit from the grant program. Thanks to initial support from the Department of Cultural Affairs in Los Angeles and Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation was able to create the LA Initiative, replicating the Emerging Artist Grant in Los Angeles, while also establishing a secondary grant – The YoYoYo Special Funds Grant. Artists are encouraged to submit a specific project that focus on fostering the involvement or connection to a specific community, revolving around modes of communication or cultural exchange.



Selection Process

In order to ensure the widest range of talent, the Foundation consults with artists, curators, critics, and professors for artist nominations each year. A second committee independent from the first round of nominations selects the final grant recipients from this group of candidates. By awarding each selected artist an unrestricted cash award at an early point in their artistic development and careers, the Foundation provides support and recognition for promising talent across all forms of visual art.

Please note: The Foundation does not have an open application process and eligibility is based on a nomination basis by one of our appointed nominators each year.