How to Apply
Applications for Alternative Exposure Round 16 are now open.
Application Deadline: September 12, 2022 at 11:59PM PST
Applications are available in English and Spanish.
Here's everything you need to know to develop your application.
Alternative Exposure grants directly fund visual arts projects that provide frameworks of support for artists to create and continue their work. Alternative Exposure is focused on supporting projects that present the work of more than one artist. Both individuals and groups are eligible to apply. If applying as a group, the artistic group or venue can be either long-standing or formed specifically for this opportunity.
- The lead organizer must have an address in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. For collectives or groups, additional collaborators may live outside of these counties but the majority of collaborators in the group must live in an eligible county.
- Resulting project activities must be accessible and presented to the public within the above counties.
- 501c3 nonprofit organizations are NOT eligible to apply.
- Projects may not be a part of the primary programming of an established arts organization.
- Funded projects must be started after November 1, 2022 and completed by June 30, 2024. For projects that are a part of an ongoing program, the work supported by Alternative Exposure should be completed by this date.
- Applicants may be a lead organizer on more than one application, however, in these cases only one of their projects may be selected for funding.
- Staff, board, and curators of Southern Exposure are not eligible to apply as a lead organizer for Alternative Exposure support.
- Applicants that have received Alternative Exposure grants from Rounds 1-12 (2007-2018) are eligible to apply again as lead organizers if the first project was successfully completed and the final report was submitted to Southern Exposure. Recipients of Alternative Exposure Emergency Grants (Round 14) in 2020 are eligible to apply for this round of project-based funding.
- Grantees from Rounds 13 (2019) or 15 (2021) are NOT eligible to apply again as lead organizers in Round 16. However, former grantees (both lead organizers and additional collaborators) from all previous rounds may participate in 2022 applications for new, unrelated projects as collaborators.
REVIEW PROCESS AND SELECTION CRITERIA
Southern Exposure’s review process will take 6-8 weeks. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- The artistic strength and creative vision of the proposed project.
- How the proposed project will support Bay Area artists.
- The demonstrated capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the proposed project.
- The completed project's accessibility to the public and its commitment to serving a local constituency.
Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of three local and/or national jurors made up of artists and arts professionals currently working in the field of visual arts.
WHAT ALTERNATIVE EXPOSURE DOES NOT SUPPORT
- Work that is not based in, or strongly related to the visual arts
- Programming of established arts organizations
- An individual artist seeking support to make their own work
- Individual artists whose work includes groups of people in its creation, but whose finished work is solely considered that of the individual artist’s, not the collaborative group as a whole
- Work that is presented at Southern Exposure