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8/17/2020 Member News

Creative Pinellas Announces Return of their Emerging Artist Grant

(Largo, FL) – Creative Pinellas announces the return of their Emerging Artist Grant.  These awards, which are open to applicants from August 17 through September 1, 2020, aim to help artists that are early in their career but are quickly growing as artists and find themselves at an important moment when these awards would have an especially big impact on their development as a professional artist. Emerging artists are defined as those who demonstrate excellence in their work, are widely recognized by their peers and the community at large for their work, and still have some ground to cover on their path to recognition as professional artists. So, for example, the emerging visual artist may have shown some work, but is still building a strong record of exhibition history, awards and commissions, or sustaining an income derived solely from sales and/or production and performance of their work.


The Emerging Artist Grant program, now in its fourth year, selects up to ten artists for the annual program. Each artist will receive a financial grant of $2,000, a professional artist mentor, chosen specifically for them, who will work with them on a one-to-one basis during the grant period, and will be part of the Emerging Artist group exhibition, sponsored each year by Creative Pinellas. Artists are carefully selected by a panel of artists and curators based on their work, vision for the future and commitment to show or perform their work for the benefit of residents and visitors to Pinellas County. Grants will be awarded for original work in the disciplines of choreography, literature, media arts, music composition, theater/musical theater, visual arts and interdisciplinary arts.


“This is a very important grant for Creative Pinellas and for the community,” said Barbara St. Clair, CEO of Creative Pinellas. “By providing financial support, mentoring and an opportunity for an exhibit or performance, we are empowering individual artists and investing in their future. With these Emerging Artist Grants, we have been able to and continue to be committed to making opportunities, resources and recognition available to artists and communities who may not have had such access in the past.”


Program guidelines and eligibility details, grant FAQs and the online application will be available at starting August 17th, 2020 and closing September 1, 2020, at 11:59 pm (Eastern). Grantees will be selected on or around October 17th, 2020. Creative Pinellas will work to pair recipients with an artist mentor to guide the grantee through their development as a professional artist. They will have several months to create new work culminating in an exhibition at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas tentatively set for May 13, 2021 as well as a virtual gallery exhibit.



"The Emerging Artist Grant provided the funding, mentorship, and exhibition space which allowed my work to grow in ways I couldn't even imagine at the time,” said former emerging artist grantee Elizabeth Barenis. “It gave me the support I needed to set aside financial concerns and focus on the work that my heart was calling me to make. I made so many connections, and doors continue to open as a result of this grant."


Over the course of the funding period, recipients will provide an insight into their creative processes for interested visitors through blogs posted at Past awardees have written about current projects, critiques on work in progress, reflections on life as an artist and more.


The Emerging Artist Grant application, guidelines and frequently asked questions can be found at For more information about Creative Pinellas and all its programs and grants please visit or contact Sherri Kelly, Communications and Brand Manager at


About Creative Pinellas


At Creative Pinellas our mission is to facilitate a vibrant, integrated, collaborative and

sustainable Pinellas County Arts Community and cultural destination. We strive to be the premier Local Arts Agency, recognized locally and globally for our contribution to arts and culture. We are focused on creating vibrant communities; supporting artists, arts organizations, and the creative community; supporting economic development; showcasing Pinellas County as a cultural destination; and making arts and creative expression and experience available to all.


As the County’s Local Arts Agency, Creative Pinellas and the programs we deliver are funded by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, Visit St Petersburg / Clearwater, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and by sales of the State of the Arts specialty license plate in Pinellas County.