Getting Basic: Grant Writing for Artists

back to Rethinking Feminism

Tues. November 28, 7-9pm

SOHO20 in collaboration with The Feminist Art Project (TFAP) NYC are pleased to present the third program in the Getting Basic series. During this session, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with professional grant writers and funding administrators who will offer advice and answer questions specific to artist grant applications. Please come prepared with questions and/or drafts of your grant applications for one-on-one assistance.

Breakout group meetings with experts will be limited to 15 minutes each and will be on a first-come basis.  This event will be free and open to the public, but we ask that you RSVP to All are welcome but priority will be given to women, women-identifying and non-binary artists.  

Professional Guests:

Jenn Dierdorf is a visual artist working in painting and printmaking.  She received her B.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Kansas and her M.F.A. from the University of Connecticut.  She was the Executive Director of SOHO20 Gallery (2008-2013) and Co-Director of A.I.R. Gallery (2014-2016) where she implemented fundraising strategies, and developed programming. Dierdorf is a member of the Committee for Women in the Arts at the College Art Association, as well as a coordinator for The Feminist Art Project and is on the Visual Arts Board for the art collective ABC No Rio. Dierdorf is a Co-Founder of the creative networking initiative Lady Painter Party and a contributor to The Coastal Post art blog.  

Sheryl Oppenheim was born in 1983, raised in Orlando, Florida, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is a painter and maker of illegible books, an idea she first became interested in after seeing the work of Bruno Munari, and through her proximity to books, bookbinders, and marbled paper at her first job in New York, at a bookbinding supply house. She began marbling paper in 2011. Her artist books are in numerous public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Watson Library, the Walker Art Center, the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Her artist books are available through Small Editions, her friends and frequent collaborators. She also collaborates with the writer and poet Janelle Poe. You can purchase their zine to support Black Lives Matter here.

Morgan Lindsey Tachco is a creative consultant and performer based in NYC. Morgan is driven by her unique ability to help folks articulate and execute their creative visions, and believes strongly in artists’ abilities to learn how to thrive. For the last eight years, she had the privilege of cultivating artists and cultural organizations through her work at Brooklyn Arts Council. She filled several roles in the Grants and Arts in Education Departments prior to becoming Grants and Services Director in 2013. In her tenure, Ms. Tachco regranted over $2 million in public funds to arts projects across the borough and assisted thousands of applicants through the grant process. Ms. Tachco also oversaw BAC’s fiscal sponsorship, creative community building and professional development initiatives. Morgan has led workshops and/or one on one sessions on project management, communications, accessing resources, and grant writing for organizations such as: Actor’s Fund Arts Center, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Groundswell, Queens Council on the Arts, CUE Art Foundation, A.I.R. Gallery, and Bronx Council on the Arts. Morgan’s background and creative practice lies in theater, where she has worked most of her life in varying capacities: as a producer, performer, festival director, press agent and advocate. Morgan holds a B.A. from Goddard College in Individualized Studies with a concentration in Performance and Arts Management, and is a 2015 New York Community Trust Leadership Fellow.

Kathleen Wentrack, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Art History in the Department of Art & Design at the City University of New York, Queensborough. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Kathleen’s most recent publications include “1970s Feminist Practice as Heterotopian: The Stichting Vrouwen in de Beeldende Kunst and the Schule für kreativen Feminismus,” in All Women Art Spaces in the Long 1970s to be published by Liverpool University Press in 2018. She is editing a forthcoming anthology on women’s art collectives in the United States entitled Collaboration, Empowerment, Change: Women’s Art Collectives and writing a monograph on the work of Ulrike Rosenbach. Kathleen served on the Arts Panel of the PSC-CUNY Research Award Program from 2007 to 2016, the College Art Association Committee on Women in the Arts from 2009 to 2012, and is currently on the SOHO20 Advisory Board. She is The Feminist Art Project co-coordinator for New York City and a Contributing Editor to Art History Teaching Resources and the peer-reviewed journal Art History Pedagogy and Practice launched in 2016.

Getting Basic is a series of workshops, panel discussions and instructional sessions to help women artists and artists of marginalized gender identities navigate the practical side of their studio practice. Each event will focus on a different professional area that artists typically struggle with as they navigate their way in the art world.


Comments are closed.