Harpo Foundation Announces Individual Artist Grants

by Kyle Chayka on March 6, 2013

Harpo Foundation's Oprah Winfrey (Image via

The Harpo Foundation is, sadly, not affiliated with Oprah Winfrey. (Image via

Editorial note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly indicated an affiliation between Oprah Winfrey, who seems to be connected to every other incarnation of Harpo on earth, and the Harpo Foundation. We apologize for the error.

Harpo Foundation has been a supporter of the visual arts and arts organizations since 2007, in the last year alone funding exhibitions and programming at the Liverpool Biennial, Printed Matter, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Now, the foundation has announced that it will begin supporting individual artists.

“Artists may now apply on their own behalf using the same application procedures as non-profit organizations,” according to the Harpo Foundation’s website. Individual artists must be US citizens, and students are prohibited from applying.

The application form, found on the grant’s overview page, is a pretty bare-bones affair. Artists, or collaborative teams of artists, submit a sample of five works and a project proposal restricted to 100 words. The request for funding shouldn’t exceed $10,000 per year, but some time-based projects could receive money for up to three years. Otherwise, projects funded during the 2013 cycle should be “completed by September 2014.” Nothing like working on deadline!

Speaking of, the latest date to submit Harpo applications is April 5. The grantees will be announced no later than November 1.

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  • jason

    from the Harpo Foundation’s website: ” the foundation is not affiliated with Oprah Winfrey or her company, Harpo Productions.”

    • We already corrected it, Jason. Thanks. Someone else pointed it out as well.

      • anjulie

        I believe this was a comical error, and I am very grateful for it.

      • So the name doesn’t come from Oprah, and the foundation is too recent to come from the Marx brother. So where does it come from?

  • Rachel Mason

    Hahah…that’s a funny/ obvious error..good idea though- Oprah Should be giving out artist grants! Isn’t she a collector?

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