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Astraea Visual Arts Fund Application Guidlines

The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial, and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.

The Astraea Visual Arts Fund aims to recognize the work of contemporary lesbian artists by providing support to those who show artistic merit and whose art and perspective reflect a commitment to the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice’s mission and efforts to promote lesbian visibility and social justice. The fund was established by the Astraea Visual Arts Project in 2002. The Visual Arts Project sponsors events and educational panels, and commissions renowned lesbian artists to create limited-edition prints to benefit Astraea’s work.

This year, Astraea will award three $2,500 cash awards to lesbian visual artists. Thanks to Skip’s Sappho Fund, at least one of the three grants will be awarded to a lesbian artist who is based west of the Mississippi River. Works will be judged anonymously by a panel of artists and art professionals.

EXTENED DUE DATE: Applications Must Be Uploaded by 6pm ET on Friday, October 15, 2010


  • Lesbian Visual artists—Lesbian-identified visual artists are eligible to apply. This includes bisexual and queer-identified women who also identify as part of lesbian communities. Winners must agree to be publicly acknowledged as lesbian artists and agree to have their art work publicized as Astraea sees fit.
  • Must be a U.S. resident.
  • Slides of current original works of art produced within the last 3 years in the following categories only: sculpture, painting in any medium, print, drawing, work on paper, mixed media. Art with an audio component is judged on visual content alone (such samples should stand alone competitively).


  • No photography unless it is part of a more extended process that is not photography-specific, such as collage, digital printmaking or manipulated archival images. Examples of photography submissions which would NOT be eligible: C-prints, a photo in a multi-media installation (artist should submit the installation, not a photo which is in the installation), or a digital print from a home computer which is not part of a more extensive visual arts process.
  • Students currently enrolled in an arts degree granting program or its equivalent at the time of application are not eligible to apply. This includes students who have finished their required coursework but have not graduated by the time they submit their application.
  • Previous AVA awardees, past/current members of the AVA committee or panel, and those who have been selected for, or received, an Astraea Visual Arts commission are not eligible to apply.


We are pleased to introduce an online application form this year. We strongly encourage you to use the online form.

If you need to mail in your application, scroll to the bottom of the page for instructions.

To submit your online application, please review the list of required application materials below. Once you have the items ready, please return to this web page to fill out the online application and upload slides. Please note that you will be given a unique application ID# when you proceed with “click here to apply for a grant online”. You will need to keep the application page open to view and copy your ID number into your resume before uploading it.

The following must be included with your application:

1. Completed Online Cover Sheet information on the online form on the next page.

2. SIX* digital slides ready to upload. Slide specifications:

  • 72dpi, 400x800 pixels minimum and the filesize must NOT exceed 600kb (300dpi high resolution preferred. You may save the slides in medium or low-quality JPG setting for 300dpi, to not exceed the maximum filesize).

Slides should be individual picture files only, in .JPG format. Do not include any titles or other additional text.

*Judges will be assessing a body of work and therefore artists should submit slides of 6 different pieces which capture the breadth of an artist’s work. Entries which include sculpture or 3-dimensional art can submit a maximum of 8 slides, allowing up to 2 views of each of 2 3-D pieces.

3. The following materials are also required. Do not include your name anywhere on the following materials.

  • Slide list uploaded in the order you would like it to be viewed by the panel.
  • Artist’s statement responding to the goal of the Fund in 250 words (see mission statement for the fund at the top of this page). This statement offers a valuable opportunity to discuss how your art and perspective reflect your commitment to Astraea’s mission (above) and efforts to promote lesbian visibility and social justice. It is a key aspect of a competitive application.
  • 1-paragraph biography.
  • Current résumé without your name and with your ID # in the upper righthand corner.
  • A debit/credit card to make a payment of $5 payable to the Astraea Foundation. Application fees will be used to cover administrative expenses.

Click here to apply for a grant online

We strongly encourage you to use the online form. If you need to mail in your application, it must be received in the Astraea offices by Friday, October 1st, 2010. To download an application with a unique ID number to print and mail, click here:
You will need to include your slides digitally on a CD.