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The Mid-South Sculpture Alliance is proud to announce a grant for BIPOC sculptors living and working in the United States. Up to three mid-career sculptors who identify as Black, Indigenous, or as a person of color will be awarded up to $2,000 to help them advance their practice.

Sculpture is an expensive craft. VISION 2020 has been created to support BIPOC artists in their creative endeavors and promote their expression that may have been previously unachievable without financial support. You can contribute to this fund here.

The grant will be juried by our esteemed panel of curators and arts professionals: Dr. Kimberli Gant (the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art), Miranda Kyle (Arts & Culture Program Manager for the Atlanta BeltLine), and Nandini Makrandi Jestice (the Chief Curator at Hunter Museum of American Art). 

Awards will be granted based upon the applicant's portfolio. While applicants are not required to submit information on how they might use the funds, MSA expects the recipients to dedicate the funds towards expanding their ability to create new work. Funds may not be used to support academic research or study toward an academic or professional degree. There is neither a fee nor membership requirement for application for the fellowship. However, MSA encourages all applicants to become members. You can find more information about membership at www.midsouthsculpture.org

Applications are due by 11:59PM EDT on October 31, 2020. Applicants will be notified by November 15, 2020.

Responsibility of Grantee

MSA requests that the fellows provide documentation of the project or work produced during the fellowship year (one year from receipt of grant funds). Examples include but are not limited to: an exhibition at the subsequent MSA conference or another institution during the fellowship period, a virtual or live presentation‚ documentation of the creation of a public work, or other proposed form of documentation defined by the fellow. Additionally, the Fellows will be featured at the 2021 MSA Conference at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio.


In order to apply for this grant, you will be asked to submit the following here by 11:59PM EDT on October 31, 2020:


  • 10-15 image portfolio of work completed in the past 5 years and accompanying image list

  • 250-500 word artist statement

  • An up to date resume or CV

vision 2020 jurors

Kimberli Gant, PhD is the McKinnon Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA. She was previously the Mellon Doctoral Fellow in the Arts of Global Africa Department at the Newark Museum, in Newark, NJ, and worked as the Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts (MoCADA). She has also guested curated for Deutsch Bank NY and Dept of African American/African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas Austin. Her exhibition experience includes Multiple Modernisms, Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time & Place (2016), De-Luxe (2012), and There is No Looking Glass Here: Wide Sargasso Sea Re-Imagined (2010).

Kimberli received her PhD in Art History from the University of Texas Austin (2017), as well as holds both a MA and BA in Art History from Columbia University (2009) and Pitzer College (2002).

Miranda Kyle is the Program Manager of Arts and Culture for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and curates the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine Public Art Exhibition. After an academic fellowship with ABI, and assisting with installations in the subsequent years, Kyle was appointed to her current position in 2017. Since then, she has restructured ABI’s Public Art Program, managed an NEA Our Town grant to create and implement an Arts and Culture Strategic Implementation Plan, and overseen the commissioning of hundreds of art activations along the corridor.  In her role as the Program Manager for Arts and Culture she supports the department of Design and Construction to incorporate art into park and trail design, engage developers to consider public art in their construction, and advise on secondary design elements like benches and future transit stops.  Additionally, Kyle works on interdepartmental collaborations with Community Engagement and Planning by managing relationships with outside arts organizations and institutions such as the National Black Arts Festival, the Woodruff Center for the Arts, Living Walls, Southern Fried Queer Pride, and Artlanta Gallery. She ensures the local creative community is integrated into the public art program with activations like Family Paint Day, and the Special Projects platform that asks the communities on the BeltLine to put forth their ideas for exhibitions.

Kyle holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and an MA in Painting and Drawing from the Edinburgh College of Arts. She was awarded the 2013 Lee Kimche McGrath Fellowship for Arts & Sciences for her research in utilizing 3D printing technologies within traditional foundry practices, and in 2014 she was awarded the StarSeed Fellowship to research the intersection of Public Art, Performance and Space in Riga and Pedvale, Latvia. She has curated exhibitions locally and internationally over the last ten years, ranging in disciplines from performance to public art.

Nandini Makrandi has been the Chief Curator of the Hunter Museum since 2013. Prior to becoming Chief Curator, Nandini was the Hunter Museum’s Curator of Contemporary Art for nine years and Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga.   During her tenure at the Hunter, Nandini has focused on increasing diversity and dialogue within the collection and exhibitions program by broadening the museum’s contemporary holdings, curating over 70 changing exhibitions, organizing the first five nationally touring exhibitions at the Hunter, and originating several seminar courses in contemporary art and criticism for the University. Nandini was a recipient of an American Alliance of Museums Curators Committee Fellowship, and participated in the Getty Leadership and Management Seminar. Before joining the Hunter, Nandini was a curator at the Knoxville Museum of Art for seven years and worked with the Cameron Museum of Art in Wilmington, North Carolina. She participates regularly in the region as a juror, guest curator and speaker, and is a member for the American Alliance of Museums and the Southeastern Museums Conference.  She just completed the Hamilton County Schools Leadership class and is an active member of Public Art Chattanooga.

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