Summary: Supporting documentation for grant applications awarded and final reports submitted to the NEA's Visual Arts Program in the categories of: Workshops (1972-1976); Workshops/Alternative Spaces (1976-1979); Artists' Spaces (1980-1982) and Visual Artists Organizations (1983-ca.1987). Included are a variety of materials, such as slides, photographs, video tapes, letters, resumes, newsletters, financial reports, operational procedures, and other printed materials.
Among the organizations represented are The Artists Guild of Detroit; Artists Space, New York; Artlink, Fort Wayne Inidana; Association of Artist-Run Galleries, New York; Asylum Hills Artists' Cooperative, Hartford, Conn.; The Boston Visual Artists Union; Clayworks, Baltimore, Md.; Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, La.; The Fabric Workshop, Philadelphia, Pa.; 80 Langton St., San Francisco, Calif.; 1708 E. Main, Richmond, Va.; Sculpture Space, Clinton, N.J.; and others.
Donated 1996 by the NEA, Visual Arts Program via Michael Faubion, Director. The actual applications relating to the supporting material are housed in the National Archives. After ca. 1990, the NEA began returning supporting documentation to the applicants, hence, no records from the 1990s are included, although grants were awarded in the Visual Artists Organizations category until 1995. Ca. 80 linear ft. of exhibition catalogs and monographs received from the NEA along with the Visual Arts Program records were transferred to the Library of the National Museum of American Art.
Restrictions on Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
How to Cite This Collection
National Endowment for the Arts, Visual Arts Program selected records, 1970-1980. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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