Omaha Creative Institute Unrestricted Artist Grant / Deadline: June 1, 2018


OCI’s Artist Grant is an unrestricted $3,500 award granted by an external jury of artists and arts professionals to an individual artist, collaborative group, collective, or duo. The grant term is from June – January 2018. This grant is designed to support artists making outstanding work in any discipline. Selected artists will receive special recognition through marketing announcements on social media, OCI’s website, and in email newsletters.

Selected artists will share their work during a public program before the end of the grant term that, in some way, enhances viewers’ understanding of their practice. Public programs might include workshops, lectures, panel discussions, readings, open studios, skill sharing, performances, screenings, book or album releases, etc. Grant recipients will also have the opportunity to participate in a year-end curated group exhibition in OCI’s gallery space, alongside fellow awardees.


Any artist, collaborative duo, or artist collective maintaining a residence within the Omaha Metro Area including Washington, Douglas, Sarpy, and Saunders counties in Nebraska, and Pottawattamie, Mills, and Harrison counties in Iowa is eligible to apply.  Applicants must be at least 21 years-old and not enrolled in a degree-seeking program by August 1, 2018. An undergraduate or graduate degree is not required to apply for this grant.

OCI’s Unrestricted Artist Grant is open to artists of all disciplines regardless of race, national origin, religious background, differing abilities, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

For collaborative groups:
Artist collectives, collaborative groups, and duos, are eligible if:

  • All members of the group meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.
  • The primary creative output of each member of the group is generated within the group, not as an individual.
  • Members of the group are committed to working on a deeply collaborative level to advance the goals of the group, rather than those of the individuals within the group.
  • The group is not incorporated into a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Collaborative groups should submit a group resume and discuss the nature and duration of the collaboration in the artist statement.

  • Strength of existing artistic work
  • Demonstrated commitment to expanding the parameters of traditional visual, literary, performance, or sound art practice in new and innovative ways
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering contemporary discourse in any of the above disciplines
  • Potential of the grant to impact future work and advance artistic career goals