The CIFO Grants & Commissions programs are by invitation only. Each year CIFO’s Honorary Advisory Committee of art professionals nominates contemporary artists from Latin America who are producing some of the most challenging work to the program. CIFO then asks these artists to submit a proposal for a new project that would be exhibited in the fall of the following year at the CIFO Art Space in Miami. These proposals are reviewed by a Selection Committee drawn from the Advisory Committee, voted on, and ratified by CIFO’s Board of Directors.
No, all projects and works produced with a CIFO Grant or Commission must be new and never-before exhibited.
The Grant Awards for emerging artists are in the amount of US$8000.00 and the Commission Awards for mid-career artists are for US$15,000.00.
New works produced under the auspices of CIFO’s Grants and Commissions Programs remain in the Foundation’s collection. Becoming part of the CIFO Collection represents a unique opportunity for artists to garner additional visibility through collaborations and relationships that CIFO has with curators and institutions. The collection is dedicated to the preservation, documentation and presentation of the works in its holdings. It is the Foundation’s hope that the works in our collection could also be organized for future exhibitions.
After nominated artists complete the proposal application process, CIFO invites five members of the Honorary Advisory Committee to meet in Miami to review all of the proposals during a week long process. The projects are voted on and a list of finalist is submitted to CIFO’s Board of Directors for final ratification.
1st: merit of the project
The merit of the project is evaluated on its investigative nature, coherent discourse, innovative character, and the relevance of its content to contemporary art and culture.
2nd: feasibility of the project
The project, or the majority of the project, should be completed with the grant funds allotted and has to be completed within the time frame allotted.
3rd: artist’s prior work
The project presented to CIFO will also be evaluated in relation to prior work completed by the artist. It is important for the artist to present samples of prior work in his/her application that are relevant to the project and that demonstrate the level and quality of work the artist/applicant produces.
4th: exposure and recognition of the artist
One of the goals of the Grants and Commissions Programs is to promote artists from Latin America who have not had significant repeated exposure in the US and abroad, such as solo shows at major art institutions. CIFO is interested in supporting artists from Latin America who would benefit both from the opportunity to create a specific project with financial support and from a group exhibition at CIFO.
Both Grants and Commission awards are for production of a new work. If awarded, CIFO will incur the costs of transportation of the work to Miami and (in cases in which it applies) for the travel and accommodation costs for an artist who is producing an installation.
An emerging artist is an artist that has developed at least one important body of work and who has not garnered enough exposure in the US and internationally. This artist would benefit from both visibility and economic support from CIFO.
A mid-career artist is an artist who has developed at least two important and recognized bodies of work and who would benefit from economic support and visibility.
In 2007 CIFO added an additional category, CIFO’s Achievement Commission in order to acknowledge the significant contributions of an artist whose trajectory may expand beyond mid-career, but who has not garnered significant exposure and recognition.
In short, yes. Each nomination to apply for the CIFO Grants and Commission program is valid for two consecutive years. Once these two years pass, artists must wait an additional two years if they are nominated again in order to apply. However, there is no limit to the amount of times an artist can be nominated.
Artists who have been awarded a grant from CIFO may not apply again.
Annually. CIFO awards 6-8 grants to emerging artists every year. In addition, 2-3 mid-career commissions are also awarded on a yearly basis.
No, you don’t have to live in a country in Latin America in order to receive a grant. However you must be a naturalized or naturally born citizenship of a Latin American country.
Each nomination is valid for two years. That is, you can opt out of applying the first year. However, if you fail to apply within the two year window, you will have to wait until you are nominated again to apply.
Yes, each year the works produced through the Grants & Commissions Program are exhibited at the CIFO Art Space in Miami.
Can I submit my work for an exhibition at CIFO?
CIFO does not accept open submissions for exhibiting works. Our Grants & Commissions Program are by invitation only.