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Teiger Foundation launches inaugural Call for Proposals for curatorial projects

Online info session: August 3, 3pm

A brand-new grantmaking initiative supporting creative curatorial projects in contemporary art, the Teiger Foundation has released its first-ever Call for Proposals. It must be completed by September 15, 2022. Successful applicants will be given the chance to participate in the Foundation’s Climate Action pilot program, which offers curators specialized help to incorporate sustainable practices into their work, as well as receive individual awards of up to 150,000 USD. The Call will give out up to 3.5 million USD in total each year.

For the following four categories of curator-led activities, the Foundation is now soliciting proposals:

A big project or program’s development and presentation at a medium-to-large university (individual rewards up to 150,000 USD)

The creation and presentation of three years’ worth of curatorial programming for a company with an annual operating budget of up to $150,000 USD

Presentation of a traveling exhibition(s) and community involvement at a host institution, including reimbursement of travel expenses (up to $50,000 USD)

Up to $50,000 can be used for brand-new, independent research, as well as cash to support a curator’s institution if they need to take time off to finish the work.

All submissions must be connected to a US-based nonprofit organization and develop fresh concepts and innovative research in the area of contemporary art. The Teiger Foundation is committed to supporting international curatorial projects in the future, even if its initial Call for Proposals is only open to curators based in the US and its territories.

About Teiger Foundation

The Teiger Foundation provides financing for modern art, with a particular emphasis on curators. The Teiger Foundation seeks to spur beneficial change in the industry through its grantmaking programs and recently introduced annual Call for Proposals.

Established by collector and art patron David Teiger (1929–2014) in 2008, the Foundation honors the spirit of its late founder who acted as an advocate for contemporary artists and curators pursuing ambitious, innovative, and unconventional projects. The Foundation moved into a new phase of activity following the posthumous sale of Teiger’s collection in 2018-19, which established the Foundation among the largest of its kind dedicated exclusively to contemporary art. Since 2020, the organization has distributed a total of 8.5 million USD, supporting exhibitions at nonprofit institutions and curator-led organizations; coalitions and initiatives that support and challenge the field of visual art; as well as relief efforts that help artists and cultural workers in need.