-Arts Advocate, Madison

"Now is the right time for the work of past, present and future women artists to be fully known, supported and celebrated"


Submitting your Application:


All applicants are encouraged to review the application criteria to ensure that they qualify to receive the grant before submitting. Applicants who do not meet ALL of the criteria will not be considered and will not be notified if their application does not meet application criteria.


Applicants are strongly encouraged to gather all of their materials FIRST before beginning the application process. The application CANNOT be started, paused and saved. You must complete the application in its entirety at one time and then submit. 


Please see our FAQs page for more complete and detailed information on the application process.


For your application to be considered, applicants must submit all of the required supplemental materials (Artist Resume, Artist Statement, Work Sample List and Work Samples).

Application Instructions:

Review application criteria to make sure that you meet ALL of the criteria below:

  • Must currently be a resident of Dane County, Wisconsin, and have resided in Dane County for the last 12 months (July 15, 2019 - July 15, 2020).

  • Must be a visual artist working in one of the mediums listed below.

    • Drawing/Painting/Photography/Sculpture/Installation/Printmaking/Social Practice/Video/Mixed Media/Performance Art/Glass/Fiber/Wood/Metal/Clay

  • Must be 18 years old or older by November 1, 2020. 

  • Must be a US resident. 

  • Must not be a student at the time the award is given (November 2020)

  • As an individual artists or artists collaborative you must not have received arts funding, grants, or awards any of which have exceeded $10,000 2019, 2018, or 2017.


  • You must NOT apply as part of a non-profit or a 501c(3) organization. 

  • All members of the group must fulfill ALL eligibility requirements for the application as stated above or it will NOT be considered a valid application. 

  • ONE member of the collaborative MUST act as a contact person and fiscal agent.  

  • Collaborative can be up to four women total. 

  • All members must state their contact information and answer eligibility questions as stated on the application. 

  • All supplemental information provided must be the work of the collaborative. This includes a collaborative resume, artists statement of the collaborative and work samples of the collaborative's collective artistic practice.  

Fill out the online application here: 

  1. Complete all sections of the application:

    • The name on the application must match your legal name used in tax filing.

    • Answer all yes or no questions.

    • Include your Website/Instagram/Facebook addresses if you have these. (These links will NOT be used to supplement your application. They are for us to stay in touch with you and promote your work when possible.)

    • Check all media that apply to your work.

  2. Upload your Artist Resume. While there is no page limit, we prefer more concise resumes when possible.

  3. Copy and paste your Artist Statement of no more than 250 words into the box.

  4. Attach Work Sample List:  Upload a written list of the work samples you will submitted.  This document provides information to help jurors understand the context of your work.

    • Title this sheet with “Your Name and Work Sample List”

    • (For example: Jane Doe Work Sample List).

    • See detailed information below

  5. Attach Work Samples (images of your work): If your work is primarily 2-D or 3-D, you may submit up to seven still images of your work. If you do installation, video, social practice, or performance art, you may either submit seven still images (slides) of your work, OR up to three minutes of video total. You cannot submit both still images and video.​ See detailed information below.

  6. Check box that states you are aware of the deadline.

  7. You are invited, but not required to answer the last two optional questions regarding your ethnicity and the number of years you have been making art. Answers are intended to help us know who we are reaching.

  8. If you are applying as a collaborative one person must act as the contact person and fill out her information at the beginning of the application. Each additional member of the group, up to three additional people, must complete the sections titled Collaborator #2, #3 and #4 if applicable.  You will be required to complete the sections supplying your home address etc and checking the appropriate box as to your eligibility. Incomplete collaborative applications will not be considered valid for any and all artists listed in the collaborative's application.  


For Work Sample List, include the following information about each image:


  1. Number of image (1-7)

  2. Title of work

  3. Materials

  4. Dimensions of work (H x W x D)

  5. Year the piece was created (No work created before 2012).

  6. Up to three sentences of contextual narrative if needed.


For example: Jane Doe Work Sample List Images


  1.  Spring Thaw; acrylic, pencil and beeswax on canvas, 14” x 16” x 12”, 2017. This piece is made with overlapping layers of paint, beeswax and pencil on canvas. This was a backdrop for a concert titled “The Four Seasons.” 

For Video Work Sample List, include the following information about your submission:

  1. Title of work (or pieces in order of appearance if video shows multiple works)

  2. Year the work was created. (No work created before 2011)

  3. Password and link to YouTube or Vimeo.

  4. Up to 5 sentences of contextual narrative, if needed.


For example: Jane Doe Work Sample List: Video

Lace House, 28 ‘ x 50’ x 14’, 2016.  (YouTube link, password)

This installation and performance piece was created by over 100 women working together in a shuttered factory in France over the course of a ten-day period of time. Together they stitched together thousands of antique white linen doilies, which were then painstakingly stretched over a steel structure to create a very feminine building, both inside and out. This piece references the often overlooked creative and collaborative work done by women during the 19th and 20th century, by calling attention to their contributions inside and outside of the home.


Upload Work Samples:

If you are submitting samples from your social practice, installation, performance art or video work, you may submit up to three minutes of video total, in lieu of seven (or ANY) slides. Videos must be YouTube or Vimeo with passwords, if necessary. Add link for video submission in the box provided. Work must have been created since 2011.  You cannot submit both still images and video.


All other Visual Media:


  1. Submit up to seven images of your work, including any details.

  2. Works must have been created since 2012. 

  3. Must be .jpg format. Recommended image size 4X6 in. to 5x7 in. at 300 dpi.

  4. Image file size must not exceed 5 MB

  5. Image size must not exceed 2400 pixels in the largest dimension.

  6. Label each sample with your Name, Number, Title, Date (For example: Doe, Jane, 1, Spring Thaw, 2019)

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