Foundations and Partners

As an independent publication, Hyperallergic relies on advertising, foundation grants, and direct support from Hyperallergic Members in order to publish art criticism and quality art-focused journalism in the public interest. This support helps us pay our staff and contributors, ensuring that we can continue to cover important, often neglected topics at the heart of our mission, and keeps our site free for all.

Foundation Support

We are proud of our ongoing philanthropic partnerships that help highlight our community’s core values, allowing us to produce content that we feel is of interest to our readers but that may not otherwise be financially sustainable. Fiscal support from these partners enables the production of content within distinct subject areas and along broader thematic lines but does not fund writing on specific programs or projects.

All content produced with the support of our philanthropic partners remains editorially independent. It is written and edited by our editorial staff and contributors, held to the same standards expected in all of our journalism, and never shown to foundations for approval.

Our Current Philanthropic Partners

The Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation, through its JustFilms initiative, recognizes that artist-driven documentary and emerging media projects are crucial to its efforts in reducing inequality in all its forms. The Ford Foundation supports Hyperallergic in covering documentary cinema, nonfiction art forms, and highlighting the diversity of this field with an emphasis on covering projects and people who inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes, and help transform the conditions that perpetuate injustice and inequality.

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation

Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation seeks and funds innovative projects that advance solutions to basic and enduring problems. One of their main active areas of interest is the curator’s role in shaping discussion in the art world. Through their support, Hyperallergic established the Emily H. Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators and is currently seeking applications for a 2020 fellow to write about contemporary issues from a curator’s perspective.

Nathan Cummings Foundation

Nathan Cummings Foundation is a family foundation, rooted in the Jewish tradition of social justice, working to create a more equitable, vibrant, sustainable, and democratic society. They partner with social movements, organizations, and individuals who have creative and catalytic solutions to climate change and inequality. Through their support, Hyperallergic is able to create sensitive and comprehensive reporting and criticism on contemporary art and culture in the American Southwest so that artists in the region get critical attention and are more connected to the national and global community.

Sam Francis Foundation

Building on Sam Francis’s creative legacy, the Sam Francis Foundation is dedicated to the transformative power of art as a force for change. The foundation works to further a greater understanding of Sam Francis’s art and ideas through a broad array of programs and activities designed to educate, inform, and catalyze new thinking about the importance of creativity in society. With their support, Hyperallergic has commissioned a series of articles by both emerging and established writers and journalists who have discovered new untold stories about artists and art movements in Los Angeles.

Other Current Partners

Critical Minded is a granting and learning initiative to support cultural critics of color in the United States, where they are underrepresented in the coverage of all artistic disciplines. Founded by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and the Ford Foundation, its purpose is to build the resources and visibility of cultural critics of color in the US through: direct support to publications and individuals, research, advocacy, and convening.

Y.ES Contemporary is a non-collecting arts program focused on creating opportunities for outstanding contemporary artists from El Salvador. The annual Y.ES Arts Writers Grant aims to promote arts criticism by supporting coverage of contemporary Salvadoran practice in and about the country. Hyperallergic is Y.ES Contemporary’s 2020 publishing partner.

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism: To support emerging writers and voices from diverse backgrounds in the arts, Hyperallergic worked with the Arts & Culture MA Concentration of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism to publish student-produced articles covering or inspired by the French Institute Alliance Française’s Crossing the Line festival.

Past Partners

Walker Art Center: To put the ideas discussed at the Walker Art Center’s 3-day conference Superscript: Arts Journalism and Criticism in a Digital Age into practice, Hyperallergic partnered with the museum to create a pop-up newsroom that engaged a trio of enterprising bloggers in covering the three-day convening.

The Gardner Museum brings together people of all ages and backgrounds through the shared values of creativity, wonder, and community that clay and ceramic traditions inspire. Inspired by the Museum’s rich collection of contemporary ceramics, Hyperallergic produced a series of podcast episodes that invited prominent artists and curators to explore the social history of ceramics, spotlighting its multifaceted role in our culture. Through personal anecdotes, art historical reflection, and research, this series investigated issues at the intersection of contemporary ceramics and museums.


Media Sponsorships

Hyperallergic has supported the following organizations’ events and projects through media sponsorships that include donated advertising.

Art Book Fairs:
Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair
Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair
San Francisco Art Book Fair
Acid-Free Book Market (LA)
Boston Art Book Fair

The Met
Guggenheim Museum
Hammer Museum
Storefront for Art & Architecture

Housing Works
Smack Mellon
Brooklyn Arts Council