Grant Program

Alternative Exposure

The application period for Round 11 will open on July 28, 2017

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 has awarded $635,000 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!