Franklin Furnace Open Call


Supported by Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts, Franklin Furnace awards grants between $2,000 and $5,000 to emerging performance artists, allowing them to produce major works in the New York. Artists from all areas of the world are invited to apply.

Franklin Furnace awards artists an honorarium and offers its resources to facilitate the creation of “live art on the Internet,” works which engage the Internet as an art medium and/or venue. Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE: April 1st, 2005 (postmark date)

Visit for updates on these guidelines. Click on THE RESOURCES OF FF and then
click on MONEY TO WORK.

Click through for more details on HOW TO APPLY.

Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. We believe that this peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work. All applicants are automatically considered for both categories of awards. Every year the panel changes, as the definition of “emerging artist,” the definition of “performance art” and “live art on the Internet” itself changes, so if at first you don’t succeed, try again.

THE FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND FOR PERFORMANCE ART and THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT programs have boosted the careers of such emerging artists as Tanya Barfield, Patty Chang, Papo Colo, Brody Condon, Karen Finley, John Fleck, Murray Hill, Holly Hughes, Mouchette, Pamela Sneed, Jack Waters, Cathy Weis, and Ricardo Miranda Zuniga.

This year’s Fundwinners are Cave Dogs, Gary Corbin, Nicolas Dumit Estevez, Ex.Pgirl, Melissa Madden Gray/Lance Horne, Alexander Komlosi, and Red Dive.

THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT 2004 artists are Joshua Kinberg/Yuri Gitman, Jenny Polak, and Marie Sester. This year’s esteemed selection panel consisted of artists Zhang Ga, Julia Heyward, Yael Kanarek, James Scruggs and Juana Valdes.

The full schedule and project descriptions are available on our website.


a- Write a 100-word summary of your proposed work. Make your summary as clear and complete as possible. You may also send a more detailed
description of your proposed work.

b – All proposals to THE FRANKLIN FURNACE FUND FOR PERFORMANCE ART must have a ½ inch videotape (VHS – NTSC American format), cued for two – five minutes, of your proposed work or past work. You may also include other visual support materials.

To apply to THE FUTURE OF THE PRESENT series we prefer a ½ inch videotape but you may submit DVDs, slides, photos, CD-ROMS, or URL. (either MAC or PC format). If you submit a URL, it is recommended that you supply a navigation guide to all the sections of the website you would like us to visit. If you do not specify which fund you are applying for, you will automatically be evaluated for both funds.

c- You MUST include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of
materials, or indicate that you will pick up your packet at our office.

d- Contact Info: Name, Mailing Address, Phone number/Fax number, Email/WWW.


e- You may include a budget (i.e. space rental, equipment, tech personnel). If you have other funding sources for your project please indicate this in your budget.

f- You may also submit your resume, reviews of previous work, and any other support materials.

Please: label every object you submit with your name.It is helpful to indicate if the sample work that you submit is previous work or is part of the work intended.

2005-6 Proposals
80 Arts – The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506

You may also email your proposal to: (url proposals only, please don’t send huge attachments) Questions? Contact us: or call us at 212.766.2606 or fax at 212.766.2740

Please forward this information to any and all interested artists. Thank you.

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