Applications for the 2017 Artists Grants are now being accepted. The submission deadline is March 31, 2017.

For details regarding the 2017 competition and to submit your application,

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The Artists Grants Program fosters the creation of contemporary art by encouraging and assisting emerging artists living in Arizona. Each year CF awards up to five grants to emerging artists working in painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, new media, performance, photography or video. The grant is designed to assist artists who will significantly benefit from public recognition and financial support.

Recipients are selected through a juried competition process. The grants will be presented to the winners at the Awards Presentation at Phoenix Art Museum on June 7, 2017.

The grants are made possible through the Nathan Cummings Foundation Endowment and funds from Contemporary Forum. Established in 1986, the Artists Grants Program has awarded 175 grants to emerging artists totaling over $215,000.

Arlene and Morton Scult
Contemporary Forum Artist Award

The Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award is presented annually to a mid-career artist to be used for the further development in the field of art.  The artist is chosen from a pool of eligible candidates:

  • Whose work demonstrates artistic excellence.
  • Is presently making and exhibiting new work.
  • Has demonstrated significant growth in their work over their career.
  • Is a resident of Arizona for a minimum of four consecutive years.

Only current members of CF may nominate an artist for this award. The winner receives a $5000 cash award, and their work will  be exhibited at Phoenix Art Museum the following year.

Nominations for the 2017 Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award are now being accepted.  The submission deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017.

Nominations must be submitted online at and include:

  • Nominee resume or curriculum vitae
  • Nominee contact information including website
  • Representative gallery contact information (if applicable)
  • Why you feel the nominee should be considered for this award

A panel of qualified judges will review the nominations and select the winner. The award is presented to the winner at the Awards Presentation at Phoenix Art Museum on June 7, 2017.

Recently established, this award has been presented to 8 mid-career artists totaling $40,000.

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Recent Recipients

Congratulations to the 2016 recipients. Pictured above: David Emitt Adams, Constance McBride, Patricia Sannit, Christine Cassano, Mary Meyer. Not pictured: Bryan David Griffith.


2016 Artists Grants Recipients:
David Emitt Adams
Christine Cassano
Bryan David Griffith
Constance McBride
Mary Meyer

2016 Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award Recipient: 

Patricia Sannit
Click here for a complete list of Artist Award Recipients and Artists Grants Recipients.