Supporting Your Vision

The Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant was established so that ceramic sculpture artists or sculptors of diverse mediums may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of his or her own work. For more than 30 years, our foundation has supported artists in launching their body of work, furthering their artistic careers, expanding their talent or skill set, and create a community of like-minded individuals that offer each other inspiration and motivation to realize their ultimate potential.

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Eligibility - ceramic sculpture


Each year the Virginia A. Groot Foundation offers three grants to artists who have exceptional talent and demonstrated ability in ceramic sculpture or sculpture of diverse mediums. Learn more about our submission criteria and eligibility.

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We are endlessly inspired by the works we receive, which continue to drive our mission of introducing new and existing artists to the cultural landscape.

Annually, we offer three grant tiers:


First Place


Second Place


Third Place

The freedom of sculptural storytelling should not be limited by expenses, and that’s why the foundation aims to financially support artist expenses to live, travel, and create. Our grant winners’ work is honored to those who express features redolent to genuine passion, an unrelenting energy to the craft, dynamism of disciplinary delivery, and transcendence of form.

Program Schedule

Grant applications for this year’s program are now being accepted.
Eligibility and Criteria

June 1st

Application Submissions Open

February 1st

Application Deadline


Winners Announced


Grant Submissions Commonly Asked Questions and Answers

SlideRoom grant applications annually open June 1.

Winners are annually announced Mid-May.

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The application portal closes at 11:59 PM, February 1.

We cannot extend the deadline. Please note that due to a large volume of people completing their applications on February 1, some applicants have found that they are timed out. To avoid this, please complete your application before February 1.

The award money should be directed to your work and work direction, not tuition. But if you felt that a workshop would challenge or grow your work, then that would be up to you.

Resources could be supplies, time, space, etc.

Yes, but please mark it as such.

Yes, but the more separate images submitted, the better the jury can see your range of work.

No, you do not need to submit a video. If you do submit a video, please limit the length to 3 minutes.

No. If you do submit student work, your application will be excluded.

Please email Nina at She will be able to unsubmit your application for changes.

A strong body of work from the past 5 years is important. If you feel that you want to present a few works from your earlier career to round out your application, that is fine.  How and why that work is related to the present direction might be addressed in the application.

No, we prefer individual images.

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Grant applications are annually open from June 1st to February 1st of the granting year. Ready to share your best work with us? 

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Winners’ Timeline

Our dedication to supporting the diversity in sculptural artistry has flourished since 1988. The celebration of artists and their embodiment of form is inspirational as it continues to evolve.

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Supporting artists working within the sculptural space.

For the love of 3-D art.