The Virginia A. Groot Foundation established the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant in 1988 so that a ceramic sculpture or sculpture artist may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of his


Each year the Virginia A. Groot Foundation offers three grants (up to $50,000, $20,000, $10,000) to artists who have exceptional talent and demonstrated ability in ceramic sculpture or sculpture. Artists may be at any stage of career development, from emerging through mature. Applicants must be 21 years or older at the time of the application deadline. We welcome and encourage

Next deadline:
February 1, 2022.

Students enrolled in or attending, either full-time or part-time, any institution of higher learning are not eligible. Work completed as a student is not eligible. Teachers are eligible if their program plan is for their development as artists rather than as teachers. The grant is not for the support of continued academic training.



The Virginia A. Groot Foundation was established in 1988 so that artists working in three dimensions could have the opportunity to devote additional time and resources to the development of their work.


The things we build, the things we let fall apart, the things we destroy

Brie Ruais - 2021

La Flor, El Nicho, y sus Memorias

George Rodriguez - 2021

Alternate View. The Hand is the Mind is the Bomb that Blows. Moran Moran Gallery

Anders Ruhwald - 2021


We are excited to announce that we are now accepting 2022 #grootgrant applications!

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La Flor, El Nicho, y sus Memorias by 2021 second place #grootgrant recipient George Rodriguez.

This Gathering Alter was installed at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia. Over 1000 tiles surround the Aztec God of Death (Mictlantecuhtli). People could make and leave an offering that would be returned to the earth on Dia de los Muertos.

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"Sculpture is time. It doesn't happen immediately. You have to find just the right relationships to put together to make it work. And you don’t always have the answers when you start."

-Andrew Hellmund,
  Artist in Residence

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