Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists



Deadline: June 30, 2021


The Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists, a $10,000 grant, supports visual artists who are self-identified Black trans women and trans femmes. This new grant is made possible entirely through support provided by visual artist Mariette Pathy Allen with key consultancy by Aaryn Lang. This year, Mariette Pathy Allen has decided to expand the grant to further recognize finalists for their artistic achievements. Moving forward, Queer|Art is pleased to announce that the grant will provide a $1,250 award to four distinguished finalists.

The Illuminations Grant is administered through Queer|Art with a rotating panel of judges, each of whom will conduct a studio visit with the winning artist as part of the award’s focus on supporting creative and professional development. Judges for the 2021 grant cycle include Texas Isaiah, Connie Fleming, and Lyle Ashton Harris. Queer|Art staff will also provide the winning artist with consultations and further access to many of the tools they have developed in conjunction with the organization’s cornerstone creative and professional development program, Queer|Art|Mentorship.

Qualified artists must be self-identified Black trans women and trans femmes working in visual art and based in the United States. Applications are open March 31, 2021-June 30, 2021.

For questions, email Illuminations Grant Manager ray ferreira at [email protected]


What information does the application require?

  • Contact info, narrative bio, and headshot

  • One sentence description of your artistic practice

  • Two short essay questions on Artistic Practice and Impact

  • 2 references that can speak to your practice

  • CV

  • Work samples (12 samples maximum, details below)

Work Sample Specifications:

Choose from any of the following formats to upload work samples that best represent your practice.

Allowed Media Types:

– Images (up to 10MB each)
– Video (up to 500MB each)
– PDFs (up to 20MB each)
– External media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud

Images do not have to be a particular size, as SlideRoom’s servers will process them to fit their system. Their processors will resize anything larger than 1280 x 1280 x 72 ppi to fit within those limitations.

Image file formats accepted: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .tga
Video file formats accepted: .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv

Please include title, medium, year, and brief description of each work sample.

Note: Application fees for all applicants have been waived.

Questions? Please carefully review our Frequently Asked Questions before contacting us with questions about the grant or application process. Thank you!