February 7, 2018

Call for applications: French-American Fund for Contemporary Art

FACE Foundation

Kapwani Kiwanga, Flowers for Africa: Nigeria, 2014. Protocol of assembly and display to guide the reconstruction of a floral arrangement consisting of cut flowers. Dimensions variable. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Jérôme Poggi. Photo © Aurélien Mole.

The 2018 call for application for Étant donnés—the French-American fund for contemporary art—is now open!

Étant donnés Contemporary Art aims to strengthen ties between France and the U.S. in the field of contemporary art by fostering active collaboration and encouraging long-lasting partnerships between French visual artists, curators, and collectives and American curators and cultural institutions. The fund supports the discovery of emerging talents, while also sustaining interest in established artists. Furthermore, it has been instrumental in creating a network of curators from France and the U.S. Since its inception, Étant donnés has developed an international reputation by allocating over USD 3 million to fund more than 300 projects and 16 curators.

Etant donnés supports projects through 3 grants:

Grants to American institutions for exhibitions and artistic projects
This program seeks primarily to introduce French visual artists whose works have rarely, if ever, been shown in the United States. Financial support is granted to American non-profit institutions to organize exhibitions, installations, or research projects featuring French or France-based artists.
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Curatorial fellowships
This program aims to support American curators wishing to conduct and deepen their research in contemporary art in France. These grants are intended to expand the professional opportunities and networks of American curators, encourage in-depth explorations of French cultural resources, and provide a forum for exchanging ideas.
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Étant donnés residencies
Institut français-Paris, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the Comité Professionnel des Galeries d'Art (France's art galleries association), and FACE Foundation joined forces in 2017 to launch this new residency program. These grants are intended for French or France-based visual artists seeking to spend 2 to 4 months in the United States, as long as their residency is organized in partnership with an American organization.
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American institutions and curators, as well as French artists can apply until March 15, 2018, for projects taking place between June 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

The applications will be reviewed in April 2018 by Etant donnés' artistic committee, comprised of independent American and French professionals specialized in contemporary art.

Étant donnés Contemporary Art is a program of the French American Cultural Exchange (FACE) Foundation, developed in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, with the support of Institut français-Paris, the French Ministry of Culture, the Florence Gould Foundation, the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Comité professionnel des galeries d'art, and private donors.

Contact for applications: visualarts [​at​]

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