Lupita’s Artist Project Grant

Deadline: Sunday, January 15, 2017 11:59 PST


The Lupita’s Artist Project Grant, consisting of $1000 to help fund the creation of a new artist project yearly, is funded by Sierra Nevada College’s MFA Interdisciplinary Arts program in the interest of helping to support artist communities both locally and internationally. 2017 will be our second iteration of the annual grant.

We seek to fund the work of emerging artists who are particularly interested in generating objects or activities surrounding notions of “Place.” As with the focus of the MFA-IA Program, we are invested in the diverse strategies artists employ engaging in and contributing to critical discourses surrounding place and place-based practice—from personal, to political, to planetary. Through this yearly open call, we hope to extend these conversations beyond the immediate community of our program and support artists in a variety of locales.

These projects may occupy multiple contexts, but should somehow open up spaces for opportunity, interaction or conversation. Projects of all scales are welcome, with the idea that the Lupita’s Artist Project Grant can support small gestures or help facilitate bringing big ideas into fruition. All media are welcome, including but not limited to painting, drawing, sculpture, video, sound, performance, intervention and installation. Submissions are open to all emerging artists, artist teams and collectives.

Submissions should include a detailed written proposal, including information about specific materials to be used, spaces to be occupied, potential collaborators and duration of the project. The quality of the proposal and past work samples as well as the feasibility of the proposed project will be considerations for the committee. As a part of project proposals, we ask that artists consider the creation of an archiveable component as part of the project, in the form of an object, a map, or other document that will become part of the MFA-IA program project archive and Garage Door Gallery library.


Deadline to apply: Sunday, January 15, 2017. 11:59pm PST
Project completed by: July 1, 2017


Q: Can the project be collaborative?
A: Yes, but we will only make one award of $1000 and it will be paid to a single artist. The use of the money is up to the project.

Q: Can current MFA students apply?
A: Yes.

Q: Where does the project have to happen?
A: No restrictions; geographic, digital or otherwise.


Please don’t hesitate to ask! We are still adding to our FAQs.
Email Julia at

Submissions for 2017

Submissions are currently closed. Check back for future announcement dates.

Please note the limitations on file sizes listed above. If you have any issues with the submission form or have any questions, email

Submission Guidelines

In a single PDF titled LastName_FirstName.pdf please include:

  1. Artist Statement (250 words)
  2. Written Project Proposal
    In your proposal, please describe how the images you are submitting relate to the proposed project (i.e. related prior work, work in progress, etc.)
  3. Project Budget
    This may be preliminary but must be realistic. The artist selected for the Lupita’s Grant will receive $1000 in production support.
  4. CV (single page)
  5. Work Samples (up to 15 images)
    Work samples may be of the work proposed and/or of prior work that relates to the proposal. You may include up to 15 total images and 5 video or audio links. Video/Audio: Video or audio work samples must be online so that you can provide a link to view it.
  6. Work Sample Captions
    Each image and/or link to a video/audio work should provide title, date, media, dimensions, and any relevant descriptive information for each submitted sample.

Overall file size should be no larger than 2MB.


Sierra Nevada College
Interdisciplinary Arts
Low Residency MFA


1008 Tahoe Blvd
Incline Village, NV 89451


Julia Schwadron
Assistant Program Director
P: (775) 831-1314 ext. 7492