Grant Program

Alternative Exposure

Applications for Round 12 are in processing. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, December 7, 2018! 

About Alternative Exposure

Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure grant program supports the independent, self-organized work of artists and small groups that play a critical and significant role within the San Francisco Bay Area arts community.

Alternative Exposure provides monetary awards—giving grants of up to $5,000—to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are direct, accessible, and open to the public. Funded activities may include a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of film screenings, and more.

In Round 11 of the Alternative Exposure Grant Program, Southern Exposure awarded $82,700 to 18 projects at levels ranging from $2,100 to $4,950: 100 Days Action, 67 Sueños Youth Collective: Healing Through Artivism, Barangay Broadside, Beyond the Studio, Círculo Tejido: Backstrap Club, Creative Labor: Queer Visual Artists Working Group, Dar+Luz Collective, Future Relations: A Resource for Radical Teaching, Klanghaus, Low Light Darkroom/Black Hole Collective Lab, The Naming Gallery, Pure Futures, The Root Slam, Shapeshifters Cinema, SUN DSCNDNTS Present: Contagious Spirit, The Third Muslim: Queer and Trans* Muslim Narratives of Resistance and Resilience, Visitacion Valley Pop-Up Sculpture Garden, and We Only Want the Earth! The 2017 grantees were selected by an outside panel of three artist organizers including seasoned grant administrator Jaime Cortez, Round 10 grantee Erina Alejo, and Lindsey Tingle, who will administer Philadelphia's new re-granting program next year.

A Brief History

The program, launched in 2007 in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, was developed in response to the dynamic work of artists and small groups that have long been emblematic of the San Francisco Bay Area's arts community. Now in its twelfth year, Alternative Exposure has awarded $717,700 in direct funds to 184 Bay Area projects to date. In 2017, Facebook’s Artist in Residence program provided additional funding to expand visibility for grantees with short video documentaries about their projects and a culminating daylong summit in Spring 2019.  Southern Exposure is committed to continuing to serve as a resource for the independent visual arts community through Alternative Exposure and our other programs.

The Regional Regranting Program: A National Network

Since developing Alternative Exposure with Southern Exposure, The Andy Warhol Foundation has invested in the creation of a growing national network of regional regranting programs. The Warhol Foundation aims to support the independent creative activity of artists by partnering with leading artist-centered, visual arts organizations across the country. Groups like Southern Exposure allow them to reach the sizeable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and projects. SoEx is proud to be the inaugural member of this important and growing nationwide system of support!

Design: Beth Abrahamson.