Artist Project Grants

The Foundation’s Artist Project Grants provide support to Los Angeles nonprofit institutions and organizations for projects with visual artists. Grants are awarded annually and range from $10,000 to $50,000. Recent awarded projects reflect a wide range of practices including Edgar Arceneaux’s multimedia performance, Boney Manilli at the Ford Theater Foundation, Dirty Looks on Location 2020, and a solo exhibition by Lauren Halsey at University Art Museum, California State University Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).

Photo by: Gina Clyne

Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, Star Choir, 2016. Courtesy of: Clockshop.


During our grant cycle, the Foundation welcomes Letters of Inquiry from Los Angeles based non-profit organizations that have been established for at least two years, and have a history of arts programming. Grants may cover any or all phases of a project, from planning to implementation, but the project must culminate in a publicly presented work in LA County.

Photo by: Zak Kelley

Installation view, Rodney McMillian, Brown: Images from The Black Show, The Underground Museum, Los Angeles, CA, October 5, 2019-February 16, 2020. Courtesy of: The Underground Museum.


Now in its fifth cycle, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts has supported a diverse array of arts organizations and artists through our Artist Project Grants. Recent awardees include Hammer Projects: Andrea Fraser at the Hammer Museum featuring the video installation, Men on the Line: Men Committed to Feminism, KPFK, 1972 (2012) and an upcoming new performance by Fraser. Take a look at current and past grantees to see the projects MKFA has supported.

Photo by: Jeff McLane

Installation view, Hammer Projects: Andrea Fraser, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA, May 18-September 15, 2019.


In 2019, Pomona College Museum of Art was awarded an Artist Project Grants for their project, Todd Gray: Euclidean Gris Gris. Follow the link below for an interview with Pomona College Museum of Art’s Senior Curator, Rebecca McGrew and artist Todd Gray.

Photo by: Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view, Todd Gray: Euclidean Gris Gris, Pomona College Museum of Art, Pomona, CA, September 3, 2019-May 17, 2020.