Grant Program

Alternative Exposure

Announcing: Alternative Exposure Round 15 Now Open

Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure grant program supports the independent, self-organized work of artists and small groups playing a crucial 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 accessible and open to the public. Funded activities may include a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an independent art space 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 performances or screenings and more.

Applications for Alternative Exposure Round 15 are now open!

Application Deadline: Monday, September 13, 2021, 11:59PM PST
Grantee Notification: Friday, October 29, 2021

About Alternative Exposure

Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure (AltEx) 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. AltEx provides monetary awards to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are direct, accessible, and open to the public.

In 2020 for Round 14, SoEx pivoted this program in response to the needs of the Bay Area arts community during the COVID-19 crisis and offered Alternative Exposure Emergency Relief Grants to support local artists and arts groups who were in dire need of support. SoEx recognizes that artists are facing unforeseen and potentially catastrophic challenges due to canceled and postponed exhibitions, performances, and other gigs and day jobs due to COVID-19. Southern Exposure, with the support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and San Francisco Grants for the Arts allocated a total of $79,000 to support San Francisco-based working artists in need. 79 grants of $1,000 each were made available over the course of two rounds of granting to Bay Area visual and multidisciplinary artists. Priority was given to artists who are Black, Indigenous, POC, elder, LGBTQ+, disabled, immune-compromised, and immigrants. Funds could be used to cover any needed expenses that are related to lost income due to COVID-19.

A Brief History

Alternative Exposure was launched in 2007 in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to recognize and support the movement of independently organized, public-facing, artist-centered activity that animates local and regional art scenes but that lies beyond the reach of traditional funding sources. Since then, The Andy Warhol Foundation has invested in the creation of a growing national network of 32 regional regranting programs. The Regional Regranting Program is administered by non-profit visual art centers across the United States that work in partnership with the Foundation to fund artists’ experimental projects and collaborative undertakings. Programs are developed and facilitated by organizations in Alabama, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Knoxville, New Orleans, Newark, Oklahoma, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix & Tucson (AZ), Portland (OR), Portland (ME), Providence, Raleigh & Greensboro (NC), Saint Louis, San Francisco, San Juan, PR, Seattle, and Washington D.C. 

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!