Announcing Round IV of the Alternative Exposure Grant Program

Announcing Round IV of the Alternative Exposure Grant Program


Southern Exposure's 2010 Grant Program, Alternative Exposure Seeks Applicants
Deadline to Apply: September 15, 2010

Southern Exposure is now accepting applications for Round IV of the Alternative Exposure Grant Program. Alternative Exposure seeks to fuel the energy of the Bay Area visual arts community by supporting the vibrant artistic activity that occurs on the ground level - the collective, collaborative communities artists have formed for decades. Grants provide direct support to visual arts projects in San Francisco and Alameda Counties that provide frameworks of support for artists to create and continue their work.

Alternative Exposure provides awards of up to $3,500 to artists or groups of artists making and presenting work in a committed but informal way. The program supports the work of unincorporated groups, burgeoning art venues and gathering spaces, publications, collectives, and events. Projects can include an exhibition or exhibition series, a public art project, a one time event or performance, the ongoing work of a venue or collective, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts, an online project or publication, an artist residency, a series of screenings, and more. It seeks to support the public presentation of new work with the resulting project activities accessible and presented to the public. As the most vital, independent hub for the visual arts in San Francisco, Southern Exposure seeks to support the Bay Area visual arts community and artists' work in a direct and accessible way.

How to Apply for Round IV: The Alternative Exposure guidelines & application materials are available to download from the Alternative Exposure website.

A Brief History of Alternative Exposure
Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure grant program was launched in 2007 in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in response to the desire to support the independent, under-the-radar work of artists and small groups that is a defining feature of the San Francisco Bay Area art community. SoEx has awarded $155,000 in direct funds to 50 Bay Area projects through the first three rounds ofAlternative Exposure. Southern Exposure is committed to continuing to serve as a resource for the independent visual arts community through Alternative Exposure and our other programs. To learn more about the many projects funded by Alternative Exposure visit

A National Network
Since developing Alternative Exposure with Southern Exposure, The Andy Warhol Foundation has invested in the creation of a growing national network of regional re-granting programs - supporting The Idea Fund ( in Houston, Texas; The Propeller Fund ( in Chicago, Illinois; and Rocket Grants ( Kansas City, Missouri. The Foundation aims to support the independent creative activity of artists by partnering with leading artist-centered, visual arts organizations across the country. Groups like Southern Exposure allow them to reach the sizeable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and projects. To find out more about the network of regional re-granting programs beyond the Bay Area visit

Southern Exposure will host three information sessions to provide more detailed information on the application process, questions of eligibility, appropriate uses of the grant funds, and to answer any other questions.

Information Session Times and Locations:

Monday, August 2, 2010, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Southern Exposure
3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Monday, August 9, 2010, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Pueblo Nuevo Gallery
1828 San Pablo Ave., Suite 1, Berkeley, CA 94702

Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Southern Exposure
3030 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

NOTE: Sign up to attend at [email protected] or call 415.863.2141. RSVP's are optional. Attendance at an information session is NOT required to apply for theAlternative Exposure grant. Information sessions are optional and FREE to all who attend.

Generous lead support for Alternative Exposure is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support is provided by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund.