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Individual Artist Award

Detail of Rivering Night by Aline Feldman, Individual Artist Award Recipient (Works on Paper)
PEARSONWIDRIG, Individual Artist Award Recipient (Choreography), photo by Tom Caravaglia

Individual Artist Award

Honoring Artistic Excellence: Individual Artist Award

Artists are at the heart of Maryland's thriving creative sector, and communities value artists for the vitality, cultural traditions and economic impact they support throughout the state.

The Maryland State Arts Council's annual Individual Artist Award (IAA) recognizes the importance of artists and their works of excellence to the cultural vibrancy of Maryland. Each year, awards of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 go to Artists from across Maryland who are selected by a blind, out-of-state jury on the basis of artistic merit alone. 

In partnership with the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, The IAA program reviews a total of 18 artistic disciplines, which are separated into three competition groups that are awarded tri-annually. See grantees list here.

Individual Artist Award Categories

2015 2016 2017
Crafts Fiction Choreography
Non-Classical Music Composition Media/Digital Electronic Arts Classical Music Composition
Non-Classical Music Solo Performance Painting Classical Music Solo Performance
Photography Theater: Solo Performance Poetry
Playwriting Works on Paper Sculpture
  Solo Dance Performance  
  World Music Solo Composition  
  World Music Solo Performance  

Applying for an Award

The IAA typically opens for applications from Maryland artists in May of each year, with a deadline in late July and award notification in April.