S.A.’s Artist Foundation Announces $15K Grant Awardees

by Paula Newton February 7, 2018

Wal-Mart and K-Mart, by Riley Robinson. Collection of The Art Museum of South Texas. Photo via Houston Chronicle

The Artist Foundation of San Antonio has announced the winners of this year’s grants in three categories:

Riley Robinson The Rick Liberto grant for visual arts ($15,000)
Aaron Prado The Paul Elizondo grant for performing arts ($15,000)
Bryce Milligan The Department of Arts & Culture COSA grant for literary arts ($15,000)

A fourth award, the Inaugural Tobin Prize for Artistic Excellence People’s Choice Award (also for $15,000), will be selected by the voters of Bexar county. San Antonians—vote!

The mission of the Artist Foundation serves as a model for art-loving organizations:

The purpose of the Artist Foundation of San Antonio is to enrich our artistic and economic fabric by providing monetary awards to individual artists, across diverse disciplines, thereby advancing their creative enterprise and the arts in our community.

While there are many organizations that provide funding to arts organizations, the Foundation is the only organization in our area that distinguishes itself with the sole objective of giving to individual artists.

We believe that by granting awards and recognition to our artists the art market in San Antonio and Bexar County will grow, diversify and prosper. Artists are in fact small business owners and an important factor in economic development. Cities across this country have awakened to the fact that vibrant artistic communities draw not only tourists, but also employers and talented employees.


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Kim Andrews February 9, 2018 - 16:29

Three guys…attaway San Anton!

Good luck on the vote off ladies

Bryce Milligan February 12, 2018 - 15:06

If it is any consolation, as the publisher of Wings Press, some 60 percent of my authors are women, mostly Latinas.

Chance February 9, 2018 - 16:34

Mix in some new peeps AF. Old art dudes getting grant money, sad

Rainey Knudson February 9, 2018 - 17:01

Spoken like someone who’s never been an old artist who needed recognition or cash.

Chance February 9, 2018 - 17:29

and the goal is to never be

Thanks for helping reality settle in, Rainey. At least I’m a pale man so chances are good I’ll get a bone thrown my way when the time comes (if I’m lucky enough to grow old in post-Trump ‘Mercia)


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