Setting up an art exhibition can be a creative and rewarding endeavor. However, there are many factors that go into setting up a successful exhibition, such as conceptualizing a theme, installing to enhance the artwork, arranging travel insurance, stipends for artists and catalogue writers, and marketing the event.

SAEAS Abaraka Award provides early- to mid-career visual artists nationally with cash funding to help defray the costs of mounting an exhibition.


Who is Eligible for Exhibition Assistance

  • African American woman
  • United States citizen
  • A working artist/arts professional with at least five years of experience
  • Curated at least 3 exhibitions in museums, art galleries or cultural arts centers

How to Apply for Curatorial/Exhibition Assistance

1. Provide a Written Description of the proposed visual art project, to include:

  • Concept Details/Curatorial Statement;
  • Explanation of how this project relates to your previous areas of creative endeavors or artistic inclinations/inspirations;
  • Budget List of Assistance needed;
  • OPTIONAL: Detailed explanation of how young female artists will be included in curatorial project (5% additional weighting will be given to projects that incorporate high school and college-bound African American young women in completion of the project);
  • Project timeline; and
  • Quarterly progress report deadlines (to include disbursement schedule and specify at least one (1) mid-project written and visual report).
  1. Provide online access to high-resolution jpeg images (minimum 500 K) of 5 pieces from each of at least 3 exhibitions curated and mounted publicly in the last 5 years. Total 15 images should be made accessible (via Dropbox or other file sharing portal).3. Submit CV of your art-related training, exhibitions, and publications.

    4. Submit Resume of work experience.

    5. Provide 3 References from arts-related professionals, include title, organization, email, phone number and  how you know the art professional.

    6. Submit complete application to and

    NOTE: The work in progress must be documented in still image, video, or both forms. An image by the grant recipient may be used in print and electronic marketing materials for the Abaraka Awards (excluding any items that may be sold or exchanged for remuneration by SAEAS) to promote or advertise the grants in subsequent years, and included in grant reports or other grant-focused purposes. Thumbnail or low-resolution versions of an image may be used in online formats.

    Key Dates:

  • Application Deadline:  June 15, 2023
  • Announcement of Grant Recipient: TBD
  • Signed Image Release for Art and Recipient Agreement: TBD
  • Quarterly Progress Reports:  Dates TBD
  • Mid-Project Written and Visual Report: Date TBD
  • Submit Project Report & Impact Statement Video (Artist compliance Review): by December 2024