Brynda Glazier and Courtney Johnson, Tapping The Mirror, 2015, Installation view
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 9 of the Alternative Exposure Grant Program, Southern Exposure awarded $72,000 to 16 projects at levels ranging from $3,210 to $4,800. Sixteen recipients were selected from 112 applications: Bay Area Youth On-Air, The Compound Studio Artist Gallery, Congratulations Pine Tree, CTRL+SHFT, I Am San Francisco: Black Past and Presence, Irving Street Projects, Issued ID: Minority as Brand, Krowswork, LAND AND SEA, LEGION: Presents, Liberated Lens, Living Room Light Exchange, PLACE TALKS, The Present Group, Royal Nonesuch Gallery, and Tactical Review. The 2015 grantees were selected by an outside panel consisting of Kevin B. Chen, artist, curator, and Manager of Artist Studio and Public Programs at the de Young Museum; Megan Prelinger, co-founder of the Prelinger Library, Round 3 Alt Ex grantee, and author of the recently published Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age; and Aay Preston-Myint, a Chicago-based artist whose endeavors include Chances Dances, a queer social grantmaking project, and the publication Monsters & Dust.

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 ninth round of funding, Alternative Exposure will have awarded $563,000 in direct funds to 151 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); and The Grit Fund in Baltimore, Maryland (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!