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Under-Recognized Artist Awards Program

About the program 

The Under-Recognized Artist Awards Program was created specifically to help struggling artists survive the process of establishing themselves in the art market and allow them to focus on their art. The Pollock-Krasner Foundation generously provided seed funding to establish this program, which will provide five winning artists each with a $3000 cash award that can be used for art material and equipment expenses, or approved living expenses.

The funding will provide five artists with market visibility, public exhibits, and a financial award to allow them the runway needed to create new work. An “Online Art Gallery” will also be created featuring up to 100 selected applicant artists, thereby increasing interest in regional artists.

The Initiative

The Under-Recognized Artists Award program ( recognizes that the Hudson Valley is fast becoming a springboard for a leading edge community of emerging and under-recognized artists. This fact is borne out of the reality that many artists are unable to live and work in the NYC/Brooklyn area and are migrating upstate. The Hudson Valley has traditionally been the home of both world-famous and under-recognized artists for over a century, but the reality is that outside the dense urban area there are fewer opportunities to earn a living and exhibit work while establishing a career as an artist. This artistic talent will only survive and prosper if supported with financial help, increased awareness, and visibility that will allow them the freedom and time to create their work.

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