Grant Program

Alternative Exposure

About Alternative Exposure

Southern Exposure's Alternative Exposure grant program supports the independent, self-organized work of artists and small groups that play a critical and significant role within the San Francisco Bay Area arts community.

Alternative Exposure provides monetary awards—giving grants of up to $5,000—to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that are direct, accessible, and open to the public. Funded activities may include a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of film screenings, and more.

In Round 10 of the Alternative Exposure Grant Program, Southern Exposure awarded $72,000 to 15 projects at levels ranging from $4,250 to $4,850: 15 recipients were selected from 93 applications: Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, ANTIVIRAL: 25 Years to Restorative Justice, The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, City Limits, Class Set, Creative Mean, E.M. Wolfman Bookstore and Gallery, Graffiti Camp for Girls, my gaze///yr gaze, ONE + ONE + TWO, The Painting Salon, Queer Ancestors Project, Real Time and Space, SoMapagmahal, and Viral Counter-Publics. The 2016 grantees were selected by an outside panel consisting of Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen, a curator, consultant, and project-based artist from San Francisco whose Black & White Projects was a Round 9 Alt Ex grantee; Megan McCready, Associate Director of Midway Contemporary Art, a 2016 addition to the Warhol Regional ReGranting program; and Lucia Sanromán, director of visual arts at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

A Brief History

The program, launched in 2007 in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, was developed in response to support the dynamic, under-the-radar work of artists and small groups that have long been emblematic of the San Francisco Bay Area's arts community. With this tenth round of funding, Alternative Exposure will have awarded $645,000 in direct funds to 166 projects. Southern Exposure is committed to continuing to serve as a resource for the independent visual arts community through Alternative Exposure and our other programs.

The Regional Regranting Program: 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 (administered by Diverse Works, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses’ The Idea Fund); The Precipice Fund in Portland, Oregon (administered by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art); The Propeller Fund in Chicago, Illinois (administered by threewalls and Gallery 400); Rocket Grants in Kansas City, Missouri (administered by The Charlotte Street Foundation and Spencer Museum of Art); WaveMaker Grants in Miami, Florida (administered by Cannonball); The Kindling Fund in Portland, Maine (administered by SPACE Gallery); Platforms Fund in New Orleans, Louisiana (administered by Press Street, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and Pelican Bomb);  The Grit Fund in Baltimore, Maryland (administered by The Contemporary); the Visual Arts Fund in Minneapolis, Minnesota (administered by Midway Contemporary Art); and the Fulcrum Fund in Albuquerque, New Mexico (administered by 516 Arts).

The Warhol 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. SoEx is proud to be the inaugural member of this important and growing nationwide system of support!