Woodland Indian Arts Individual Artist Award

​​The Woodland Indian Arts Individual Artist Award recognizes Wisconsin Native American artists of exceptional talent. The award is designed to encourage creative achievement and recognize the sustained practice of individual Native American artists. In FY20, the Wisconsin Arts Board will award one Individua​l Artist Award to an outstanding performing or literary artist.

The Individual Artist Award is a component of the Arts Board’s Woodland Indian Arts Initiative, designed to promote and develop a foundation of cultural and economic support for traditional and contemporary Native American artists in Wisconsin. Its goal is to strengthen Native American arts in Wisconsin for the long term. As part of this work, the Wisconsin Arts Board annually distributes funds from Gaming Compact monies to support artistic activities among Wisconsin’s tribes, bands and urban Indian communities.

Grant Award
This highly competitive $2,500 award is available on a non-matching basis to support the general advancement of the recipient’s artistic career. Potential expenses include but are not limited to: 
  • The purchasing of supplies and materials necessary for creative work,
  • Harvesting of resources,
  • Costs associated with the exhibition or production of creative work,
  • Portfolio development,​
  • Educational opportunities,
  • Workshop fees, etc.


Please view the program guidelines for applicant eligibility details and application information.