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 8 of the Alternative Exposure Grant Program, Southern Exposure awarded $70,000 to 15 projects at levels ranging from $2,138 to $5,000. Fifteen recipients were selected from 143 applications: 3.9 Art Collective, Alter Space, Bench Projects, Birdhouse Arts Collective, Book and Wheel Works, Free Oakland UP, Haxan Film Festival, Heavy Breathing, Incline Gallery, KIDmob / Public Workshop, Material Print Machine at the OMNI Commons, Publication Studio Oakland, Ramon’s Tailor, San Francisco Zine Fest, Y’all Come Back: Stories of Queer Southern Migration. An outside panel selected the 2014 grantees including Deana Haggag, director of The Contemporary, a nomadic and non-collecting museum in Baltimore, MD; Carrie Hott, interdisciplinary artist and former Alternative Exposure grantee; and Frank Smigiel, Associate Curator of Public Programs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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. Now in its ninth year, Alternative Exposure has awarded $491,000 in direct funds to 135 Bay Area projects to date. 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 byDiverse 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 ME (administered by SPACE Gallery); Platforms Fund in New Orleans, LA (administered by Press Street, Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and Pelican Bomb); and The Grit Fund in Baltimore, MD (administered by The Contemporary). 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!