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Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards

Members of the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) met today and approved $375,000 in grant funding to be awarded to 75 Ohio artists through the OAC’s Individual Excellence Awards program for state fiscal year 2023.

Individual Excellence Awards are recognition of artists’ bodies of work that exemplify specific disciplines and advance the larger creative community. These awards support artists' growth and development and recognize their work in Ohio and their cultural influence beyond the state.

During this funding cycle, applications in crafts, design, interdisciplinary arts, media arts, photography, visual arts 2D, and visual arts 3D were accepted. Each award is $5,000.

Individual Excellence Award funding recommendations are made through an anonymous, open panel review process focused on the basis of exceptional merit of artists’ past work. This year, more than 600 applications were received from artists across the state.

“The Ohio Arts Council is proud to support the wealth of talented artists who live and work in our great state. Every year, the Individual Excellence Awards highlight and recognize exceptional artistic achievement and creativity, demonstrating that you can build your career in the arts right here in Ohio,” said OAC Executive Director Donna S. Collins.