2021 NY Emerging Artist Guidelines

It gives us great pleasure to invite you to submit an application to Rema Hort Mann Foundation (RHMF)’s 2021 Emerging Artist Grant in New York. You have been nominated to apply for this opportunity through a closed-call process. Congratulations!

The Emerging Artist Grant in New York is open to nominated visual artists who meet the eligibility requirements (see below). Out of a pool of 80–90 artists, eight will be selected to receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000.

Please do not share the application materials.

Before applying, review the Application Guidelines below to determine your eligibility and to understand the application requirements. To be considered for the grant, complete the Online Application Form by Thursday, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 

Deadline: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2021 (midnight-EST).


RHMF’s Emerging Artist Grant is awarded annually in both the New York and Los Angeles Metro Areas. You have been nominated for the 2021 New York Grant. Through a rigorous selection process, eight artists will be selected to receive an unrestricted grant of $10,000.

Eligibility and requirements

You must meet the eligibility requirements before applying. You will confirm your eligibility in the Online Application Form.

To be eligible, you MUST:

  • be based and primarily working in the Greater New York Metro Area.
  • be emerging. You should be at an early stage in your career, demonstrate a serious commitment to an art practice in a contemporary dialogue, and have great potential though you may be under-recognized in the field.
  • You cannot be currently enrolled as a full-time student.
  • You cannot have exhibited in a one-person (solo) show or be represented at a for-profit/commercial gallery in the Greater New York Metro Area before the application deadline.

Online Application Form

In the Online Application Form—via Submittable—we will ask for:

  • Contact Information
  • Confirmation of Eligibility
  • Discipline
  • Elevator Speech (100 words): Answer to the question “What is my artwork about?”
  • Artist Statement (2 page limit): Provide a narrative paragraph that describes your work and creative practice specifically. The statement should relate to your submitted Work Sample. Word files are preferred; PDF files are acceptable.
  • Artist CV (1–2 pages): Provide a current resume related to your creative practice. Word files are preferred; PDF files are acceptable.
  • Work Sample (images): Follow the guidelines below.
  • Portfolio Checklist: Provide captions for each of your images. Include Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions, Location (if applicable). Word files are preferred; PDF files are acceptable.
  • Video/Audio Work Sample (optional): Follow the guidelines below.
  • Video/Audio Caption (optional): Include Title, Date, Original Format, Location (if applicable), Original Running Time.
  • Promotional Material: Nominated artists are featured on RHMF’s website. Indicate which material you would like to include on your unique RHMF webpage.

Work Sample Guidelines

The Work Sample is a critical element of your application. Prepare a well-organized Work Sample that represents your best, completed work. You must prepare your files, file names, and links as described below before you upload files or include links on the Online Application Form. You may submit up to 20 image, audio, or video files total to represent your current artistic practice. We recommend submitting all 20, which should be used to best represent your CURRENT body of work. You may include past installations and earlier work (if relevant), however, please be sure that your most current body of work is presented first.


Before uploading files to the Online Application Form, you MUST save them on your computer in the following format:

LastName-FirstName-##.jpg For example:

  • Smith-John-01.jpg
  • Smith-John -02.jpg
  • Smith-John -03.jpg
  • Files must be saved as JPEG files, 800 pixels in the longest dimension at 72–120 dpi.
  • During the selection process, images will be viewed one at a time as a projection.
  • Portfolio Checklist should include the following format: Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions, Location (if applicable). Checklist should correspond to the number indicated in your jpeg file name.

LOCATION (if applicable – this is not a collection or gallery–only if a work is site-specific)

  • Prints, slides, catalogs, original artwork, and other materials are not accepted.


You may additionally submit links if your work is time-based. (Do not use this option to submit a slide presentation or trailer of your work; the video/audio work sample should directly represent your artwork.)

Provide weblink addresses to video or audio clips hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc). Provide the password for all password-protected videos in the ‘Video Notes’ section.


You may submit a video (which can contain one clip or multiple clips) that has been edited down to the allotted time. If your clip is longer, provide the cue point to start and stop in the ‘Video Notes’ section.

  • Submit clips of video totaling no more than six (6) minutes of footage all together (in total).
  • Indicate the cue time for each video (i.e. 0:00–3:00 OR 1:45–7:45, etc.).
  • During the selection process, videos will be projected.
  • Each clip will be played for no more than the allotted time from the cue point; start times for each clip should mark the beginning of a segment that best represents your work.
  • Video clips are accepted as Weblinks to videos hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.).
  • Provide passwords for password-protected videos if applicable.
  • Ensure that hosted online Work Samples follow the above guidelines and are accessible online at least five months beyond submitting this form.

IMPORTANT: To avoid any technical errors during the jury selection, please mail a back-up thumb drive with content to the Foundation (marked RHMF 2021 NY Emerging Artist Grant):

Rema Hort Mann Foundation
c/o Maryam Parsi
153 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10013

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed under the following criteria:

Merit of past work
Career Record: Demonstrates an ability and commitment to making substantial contributions to the arts.
RHMF is committed to maintaining diversity in its grant programs in terms of cultural background, geographic distribution, and areas of expertise.

A jury of five (5) NY-based arts professionals, representing a broad and diverse range of experience, will review the applications in a series of rounds. In the first round, jurors will score applications independently. In the following rounds, jurors will discuss applications and score them independently. In the final round, the jury will select eight (8) artists for the 2021 RHMF Emerging Artist Grant in New York.

Applicants will be notified of the status of their application fall 2021.




If you have any questions, please contact Maryam Parsi at director@rhmfoundation.org