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2020 KAFA Award for the Visual Arts

Award to a USA Korean-American Artist in
Recognition of Outstanding Works of Art

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Korea Arts Foundation of America (KAFA)

Deadline Date:

04/10/20 - Postmarked and emailed


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Award of $15,000 to a USA and territories individual artist of Korean descent to recognize excellence and promote advancement in the visual arts. The purpose of this award program is to further artistic achievement and endorse outstanding Korean-American artists. The awardee will exhibit artwork in a preselected cultural center in Los Angeles.

The purpose of the KAFA Award for the Visual Arts is to facilitate the capability for realizing creative endeavors, enhance, encourage and nurture artistic accomplishments, and acknowledge the presence of outstanding Korean-American artists. The awardee’s artwork will be exhibited at the Korean Cultural Center in the Los Angeles area. 

The award is made to support the development of an artist’s work. Grantees may use their award funds in any way which supports their artistic practice. 

Selection Criteria:

  •  Artistic merit 
  •  Consideration of Award's impact on the artist's career
  •  Record of artistic activity, accomplishments, and potential 
  •  A display of continued commitment to the visual arts  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167754

Number of Grants:

KAFA selects one artist biennially.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The $15,000 award is distributed in two installments of $7,500. (The first sum is awarded upon selection, and the remaining awarded at the artist’s exhibition which is to occur within one year of selection.)

KAFA will pay a maximum of $700 for a printed invitation announcing the artist’s exhibition.

Artist must prepare the checklist and will receive 100% of sales. As a courtesy, artist must agree to extend a 20% discount on the sale of artworks to KAFA board members.

Term of Contract:

Artwork submitted with the application must have been produced within the past five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- Visual artists of all media are eligible.
- Applicant must be either a US citizen of Korean ancestry, Korean with permanent residency status in the US, or otherwise approved by the Board.
- Applicants must show a continued commitment to the visual arts, and should have received some professional recognition.

Awardee Requirements:

- Artist must agree to participate in the KAFA Awardee Exhibition (to open sometime in 2021 at the Korean Cultural Center, Los Angeles).
1. All costs of the exhibition, travel and lodging are the artist’s responsibility.
2. Artist is responsible for any and all shipping and insurance expenses incurred.
- All the exhibition logistics and planning will be handled by the artist and the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles curator.

You cannot be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of application submission.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be both postmarked and emailed by April 10, 2020.

Please mail by post the following to KAFA:

1. Completed, printed, and signed application (please only send pages 6-8)
2. $30 application fee in the form of a check (payable to KAFA), money order, or cash
3. Printed curriculum vitae and artist statement
4. No more than five pages of supporting documentation

KAFA selects one artist biennially (even numbered years).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Please mail by post the application, application fee, and all supporting documents to:

Korea Arts Foundation of America
941 S. Vermont Ave, Ste 101 #9
Los Angeles, CA 90006

Please email the following to KAFA with the subject line: [last name]_[first name]_2020_SUBMISSION

+1 323 692 2005

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