BACKGROUND

The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF) was launched in 2017 and is produced by Artlink in collaboration with the Artlink Artist Council (AAC). The AAC is comprised of professional artists who represent the diverse cultural identity of our state and contribute significant time/energy to Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Arizona’s creative community. Submitted applications will be reviewed and voted on by the AAC along with members of Artlink’s Board of Directors.

Members of the AAC will provide mentorship to the selected artist(s) based on their medium, skill and current level of experience in the field of art.

The artists who are the recipients of this award will demonstrate the potential for their art practice to grow through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways. This award is meant to support those artists who are at a critical juncture in their career when this kind of support could have the greatest impact. TAFF is a prestigious grant that honors emerging artists in Arizona with special recognition of their talent, select guidance from established artists in their field and greater knowledge about professional practices that will help them gain a wider audience and greater accolades for their work in the future.

About TAFF and the AAC

Formed in February of 2017, the AAC has identified key areas where the Council, which is comprised of professional artists, can provide support to emerging artists in the following areas: mentoring, exhibition planning, sharing connections/networking support, portfolio review and practical advice on how to move your career Forward as a practicing artist. The AAC includes Kenaim Al-Shatti, Joan Baron, Laura Spalding Best, Diana Calderon, Ruby Farias, Daniel Funkhouser, Magda Gluzek, Liliana Gomez, Abby Messmer, Douglas Miles, Nicole Lyn Olson, Rembrandt Quiballo, Patricia Sannit, Katharine Leigh Simpson, Marilyn Szabo, and Tricee Thomas. The AAC is comprised of professional artists who represent the diverse cultural identity of our state and contribute significant time/energy to Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Arizona’s creative community.