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Independent Artist Award

A neutral colored, cut paper artwork with textures reminiscent of coral. Subtle oranges and light green shades make up this laye
A portrait of the bust of a woman in profile, wearing a light pink Victorian-style dress with small pearl earrings, a white head

Independent Artist Award


Independent Artist Award - Honoring Artistic Achievement by Maryland Artists

Maryland State Arts Council’s Independent Artist Awards recognizes achievement by Maryland artists making work independent of an institution or organization. The awards are accompanied by unrestricted grants that encourage artistic growth and sustained practice. 


Applying for an Award

The 2020 Independent Artist Awards are now completed and applications are no longer available. Applications for the 2021 Independent Artist Awards will be available later in 2020; information will be posted on this page when it becomes available. 
Artistic categories will rotate in a 3-year cycle:
FY2021: Visual/Media Arts
FY2022: Literary Arts
FY2021: Performing Arts
The full guidelines for the 2020 Independent Artist Awards can be found here.