#art912 at The Grey


Telfair Museums, in partnership with The Grey, is delighted to announce an inaugural $500 crowd-funded microgrant to a local Savannah artist to commission a publicly-engaged artwork! This competition, judged by a panel as well as the local community, is open to artists working and living in, and around, Savannah who are not in a degree-seeking program. The proposed work must be part of a non-existing project, open to the public, and should be site-specific and community responsive in a way that is socially engaging for the Savannah community. This competition is open to all forms of expression, including but not limited to visual, performing, sound, and literary disciplines which activate a public social space. The winning artist will have three months to realize their work and prepare for an artist talk at the Jepson Center, which will be free and open to the public. To apply, artists must submit an artist statement, a history of past work, a brief summary of proposed work with supplementary visual aids, a timeline, and any budget requirements.



#art912 at The Grey

Saturday, May 13, 12–3pm
The Grey
Admission: $25 at the door

A panel comprising representatives from Telfair Museums, The Grey, and the local art community will choose the top three proposals. These finalists will be informed one month in advance and will be required to present their final proposals at The Grey with visual aids. This presentation is open to the public; a ticket includes a meal, a beverage, and a voting ticket to help choose the winning proposal. The winner will be announced at 2:45pm.

Application Fee: None

Email proposals to:, Erin Dunn, Assistant Curator with the subject line #art912/The Grey

Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, March 8, 2017, by 11:59pm EST.

Eligibility: Must be at least 18 years old and not enrolled in degree-granting program. Must live within greater Savannah region: 60 mile radius of Savannah, GA.

Honorarium: $500

Presentation: Artist must be present to talk about his/her work realized through this opportunity, including an overview of his/her practice, in the Jepson Center auditorium in August 2017, final date and time TBD.

Materials: This competition is open to all forms of expression, including but not limited to visual, performing, sound, and literary disciplines which activate a public social space. Permits are not offered via Telfair Museums and all artists must secure or anticipate any and all needs regarding use of public space to realize the work.


What to send

Document 1: The Written Proposal/Illustrations (PDF document, no larger than 2mb)

  1. Contact Information: Full Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address, website link
    2. Illustration(s) of proposed work (Proposals must contain between 1-5 reference images)
    3. Detailed project description: 500 words max (please include proposed site and how your work will engage social and/or public space)
    4. $500 budget details – how will the funds be spent to help realize this project? Short budget table or 100 words max.

Document 2: Support Materials/Previous Work (combined PDF document, no larger than 3mb) Resume or CV (2 page max)

  1. Resume or CV (2 page max)
  2. Previous Work Samples/Image List: (Up to 5 images as JPGS, 1000 pixels on largest side max, 72 dpi listed by Last name_# ex: Smith_01). Please provide image captions under images with Name, date, title, medium, dimensions, and any identifying information necessary to understand the image.

Incomplete proposals will not be considered

Selection Process

Three finalist proposals will be chosen by a selection committee of local artists, curators and community members.

If you have any questions regarding the proposal guidelines, contact: Erin Dunn, Assistant Curator, 912.790.8842,



I live outside of Chatham County. Am I still eligible to apply?
Artists within 60 miles of Savannah, GA are eligible to apply.

Is there an age limit?
You must be 18 years or older to submit your work.

Do I have to be a professional artist?
No, you do not have to be a professional artist, but previous examples of your art and/or examples of your ability to execute art projects will be required.

Am I allowed to have assistance?
Artists must coordinate and realize the project, if selected, through his/her own organization. Additional institutional support is not offered.

How do I apply?
Submit an email with all necessary proposal documents to by 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 with the subject line #art912/TheGrey. Late and/or incomplete entries will not be considered.

Can I submit more than one proposal?
No, you may only submit one entry/person.

Who will decide the winning submission?
The winning proposal will be voted on and selected live by the public at The Grey on May 13, 2017.

How long does the winner have to realize the project?
The selected winner of the $500 micro-grant has three months to realize the project (by August 13, 2017) and must document and present on the project at the Jepson Center auditorium at a later August 2017 date TBD.

What does it cost to send in a proposal?
There is no application fee.

Is there material reimbursement?
A check for $100 will be given to the three finalists to prepare their presentation for the event at The Grey. The artist will receive one honorarium check for $500. 

Will I receive an email informing if my piece has been selected?
You will receive an email indicating that your application has been received. The three finalists will be informed by an email on April 13, 2017. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.

I still have questions.
Please call Erin Dunn at 912-790-8842 or send a message to