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A.Eric Arctander 2023 Artist Grant

A.Eric Arctander 2023 Artist Grant 

The A. Eric Arctander Artist Grant was created by family and friends. The award is to honor Eric not only as an artist but as a teacher, mentor and friend of younger artists who assisted them in pursuing a life in art.

Eric Arctander was a visual artist who has been widely exhibited as a painter and the creator of site-specific public art for which he received the Municipal Art Society Certificate of Merit. He was co-founder and President of Collaborative Concepts, a not-for-profit, non-membership organization that has facilitated exhibitions since 2000. He initiated that organization’s Program for Advanced Environmental Art for college level art students.

Eric Arctander was a Professor of Art History for more than 15 years at Pratt Institute and on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts for over 25 years. He has published many articles and written critical catalog essays on advanced art.

“During the night some of the mountains moved. Presumably to higher ground. Now our valley seemed so low, but it still looked like home. It is where my family has been for generations. Only my grandmother was an outsider. She came from another valley. All her life she would regale us with the marvels of her valley. Like ours, it had a river dividing it and thus, like us, there are people from the other side. I have never been there as the journey is both dangerous and boring.

When I was a child the most extraordinary event occurred. A plane landed in our valley. The glittering wings stacked upon wings stood out among the cows in the field. Although foul smelling, the pilot was a dashing figure in a white scarf. Where he came from and where he was going, was a mystery to all. And because he spoke French it was never learned. I knew then what my destiny was to be. To Fly! To fly from valley to valley.

In my life, however, I have not been bitter or disappointed that such a fate would elude me (although I continue to study French). So it was that I came to be an artist. And still I paint those valleys of my dreams and take flight over distant mountains.”

Eric Arctander



Grant Overview:

  • The purpose of the GRANT is to support a VISUAL ARTIST. The application process begins May 1, 2023.
  • Submissions are due by June 30th 2023
  • The scholarship stipend is $500.00 and will be awarded by on or around July 15th, 2023, at the July Arts Show opening.
  • Work of the selected artist will be shown at the discretion of the Putnam Arts Council at the Belle Levine Arts Center, Mahopac, New York.


 Who Can Apply:

  • You must be a visual artist, 25 to 55 years old, involved with one or more of the following areas: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Mixed Media (2D) and (3D), Installation Art and Sculpture.
  • The grant can be used for exploring materials, techniques and direction for your personal and professional, artistic development.
  • You must be a resident of Dutchess, Westchester or Putnam County in New York State.
  • You must have an e-mail address. If you have questions: ask at collabcon2@gmail.com


The Award Process:

Evaluation and selection of Awards Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria: Artistic merit based on the quality of work submitted and, on the applicant’s, written intent to expand on their artistic development. The selection of the award will be decided by a panel of arts professionals. All materials and information involved in the selection process are kept confidential and are viewed by the panelists. Materials not meeting the submission guidelines, will render an application ineligible.


Decisions will be e-mailed to all applicants approximately one month after the deadline date of June 30th, 2023.  A payment of $500 will awarded through the Putnam Arts Council. The award is subject to verification of information submitted and proof of residency in one of the three counties specified. The wining artwork will also be requested and included in a show at the Putnam Arts Council at the opening of the July show.


Work submitted must have been created between 2020 and 2023.  Panelists are asked to evaluate work based on the materials submitted. Poor quality submission materials could affect the panel’s evaluation.  Your website with additional artwork is important but only supplemental to the images that must be submitted by the artist.

Online Application Requirements to be completed at: www.entrythingy.com/d=collaborativeconcepts.org    

All lines of the application with (*) must be filled out. 

For assistance contact: collabconcepts@gmail.com

Application Guidelines: Fill in all required fields at this website. Only entries thru this website will be considered. See items 1-5:

  1. Provide a personal artist’s statement of 400 words or less.
  2. Provide the purpose of the artist grant and how it will advance your development in the arts.
  3. Provide a one-page summary of your professional and educational art background.
  4. Provide Five (5) images to be submitted using the following specifications. You must list Size, Medium and Title for each. Image size: 1240 pixels x 1240 pixels maximum, 300dpi resolution. File size: no larger than 4 MB each. Image Format:  JPG or JPEG only.
  5. Applicant must also include your website for any additional artwork and documentation of your work.
  6. The 2023 winner will be asked to submit a valid Soc. Sec. number and proof of age & residency, such as a driver’s license.








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