Miami’s Visual Arts Awards

The Ellies

The Ellies celebrate the individual artists who are the backbone of Miami’s visual arts community.

Artists have helped Miami become one of the most culturally vibrant cities in the United States. For longtime residents and first-time visitors alike, the visual arts are a central part of the Miami experience. We hope this grant program, which is offering up to $500,000 this year, will be a game changer both for our visual artists and our city, by providing working artists with the resources they need to do their best work.

Ellie Schneiderman

We’re delighted to name these awards in honor of our founder, Ellie Schneiderman, a visionary who recognized the power of supporting artists in their work. As Ellie often said, Oolite Arts is here to help artists help themselves.

Awards

The Ellies

The Ellies are offered in four categories to support Miami-Dade working and emerging artists, art educators, and established, professionally accomplished artists.

The Ellies Creator Awards

The Creator Awards support individual artists with grants of $2,500 to $25,000 to realize a significant visual arts project that will advance their careers. These projects should be bold ideas that speak to our community and our times. These awards are open to all Miami-Dade artists. A panel of arts leaders will select recipients from the applicant pool.

Apply

Apply by 6 p.m. May 17, 2021.

The Ellies Teacher Travel Grants

Teacher Travel Grants will provide K-12 teachers with $5,000 in funds for travel that will ultimately enrich their classroom curriculum. By encouraging teachers to explore and share art experiences with their students, these grants will help create the audiences that our museums

Apply

Apply by 6 p.m. May 17, 2021.

The Michael Richards Award

The Michael Richards Award is a nomination-based award, given to a Miami-Dade artist who has created a recognized body of original, high-quality works of art over a sustained period of time and who, through their practice, is achieving the highest levels of professional distinction in visual arts. This artist is someone who has established and sustained their practice in Miami and has given back to the community throughout their career in a variety of ways. The award will support the selected artist’s practice and creative growth through a stipend of $75,000 over a two-year period, and the opportunity to be commissioned by Oolite Arts in collaboration with The Bass, to create a work to be exhibited at the museum.
Michael Richards (1963 – 2001), to whom this award pays tribute, was an incisive, provocative, and poetic artist whose body of work primarily addresses racial inequity and social injustice. Richards, an Oolite Arts alum, passed away tragically in his art studio in the World Trade Center during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. A jury of national and local curators and experts will both nominate candidates and select the award winner.

About Michael

Learn about the Oolite Arts alumnus whom this award pays tribute to.

The Ellies Social Justice Award

The Ellies Social Justice Award honors a visual artist who has made a commitment to working for equality in their daily lives and artistic practice. This award will support the selected artist’s practice and creative growth through a stipend of $25,000. A jury of artists and social justice leaders will nominate candidates and select the award winner.

FAQs

Creator Awards

These awards will support individual artists with grants of $2,500 to $25,000 to realize a significant visual arts project. These awards are open to all artists who reside in Miami-Dade County.

Applications, which can be found online here, will be accepted from Wednesday, April 21, 2021 through Monday, May 17, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Because The Ellies are about growing Miami’s visual arts community, Creator Awards are open to any artist living and working in Miami-Dade County.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and must be U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.

We want to help individual artists realize their ambitious ideas and advance their careers. There are no limits to the scope of the projects. Winning projects could be an exhibition at a gallery, a public art piece, a museum exhibition, or another format. Funds can go toward ongoing projects, or one not yet launched. We are looking for bold ideas that speak to our community and our times.

Projects will be evaluated based on the artist’s idea and his/her prior experience, and whether the artist has the ability to bring the project to fruition.

A project can take place in a public or private space, or online. It’s up to the applicant.

Not at all. The award is open to any working artist, whether they are a student, an emerging artist or have been working in the field for a long time. Eligibility does require that the artist is 18 years of age or older and a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.

Yes, however, we will be using a wide definition of the visual arts. In addition, the visual arts must be a main component of the project and it has to be led by a working visual artist who lives in Miami-Dade.

The awards range from $2,500 to $25,000.

A jury of local and national arts leaders will read and choose from among the submitted applications.

The Ellies are for working artists. Eligible applicants are working visual artists who live in Miami-Dade. We hope nonprofits and educational institutions in the arts field will be partners in some of the applications.

A curator can be a part of an application; however, a visual artist must be the person to submit the idea.

As many as you like, though we’d suggest no more than three.

Fall 2021.

Please contact [email protected] or attend an informational session.

Apply

Apply by 6 p.m. May 17, 2021.

Contact

Email us with any questions.
[email protected]

Terms and Conditions

Teacher Travel Grants

The Ellies Teacher Travel Grants will provide three K-12 teachers with $5,000 for travel that will ultimately enrich their classroom curriculum. By encouraging teachers to explore and then return to share art experiences with their students, these grants will help to create the audiences that our museums and arts organizations need to thrive.

Applications will be accepted from June 2 to August 3, 2020.

Our Teacher Travel Grants are open to all K-12 art teachers in any Miami-Dade County public or private school.

Three per year.

$5,000 per teacher.

No, as long as the teacher states in the application how the trip will enhance his or her teaching of the visual arts and the students’ classroom experience.

Travel must be completed by October 2022. Should the Coronavirus pandemic continue to preclude travel, we will work with winners on adjusting their plans.

A jury of local arts leaders and arts teachers will read and choose from among the submitted applications.

While a worthwhile endeavor, this funding is limited to art teachers traveling without students.

You may if you like. Please be sure to fill out two separate applications.

Please contact [email protected] or attend an information session.

Apply

Apply by 6 p.m. May 17, 2021.

Contact

Email us with any questions.
[email protected]

Terms and Conditions

The Michael Richards Award

The Michael Richards Award is designed to celebrate a Miami-Dade artist who has created a recognized body of original, high-quality art over a sustained period of time and who, through his or her practice, is achieving the highest levels of professional distinction in the visual arts. The award includes a “no strings attached” stipend of $75,000 over two years, and the opportunity to be commissioned by the Oolite Arts in collaboration with The Bass, to create a work to be exhibited at the museum.

The Michael Richards Award is not open to applications. The recipient will be nominated and selected by a jury of national and local curators and arts experts.

Michael Richards was an emerging artist gaining recognition for his work when he was killed working in his studio in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks. From 1997 to 2000 Richards was an artist in residence at Oolite Arts. Read more about Richards.

The recipient will receive $75,000 payable over two years, no strings attached. In addition, Oolite Arts will commission a piece from the artist for display at The Bass.

The recipient must be an eminent artist with a track record of distinguished artistic achievement, the desire to continue growing, and the ambition to advance his or her career. We hope the recipient will use the award to further his or her artistic practice, and have a continued impact on the visual arts and on Miami-Dade County in general. The artist must be a resident of Miami-Dade County at the time of selection and must maintain the residency during the period of the award.  Proof of residency will be required in order to receive the award.

Please contact [email protected] or attend an informational session.

Ellies Connect

Learn about past projects directly from the artists.

Upcoming Ellies Connect

The Ellies

Meet the winners of the 2020 Ellies Awards.

The Ellies

Maria Martinez-Cañas

Maria Martinez-Cañas

2020 Michael Richards Award Winner

The Ellies

Chire Regans

Chire Regans

2020 Social Justice Award Winner

The Ellies:
2020 Creator Award Winners

Amalia Caputo

Amalia Caputo

2020 Creator Award Winner
Anja Marais

Anja Marais

2020 Creator Award Winner
Antonia Wright

Antonia Wright

2020 Creator Award Winner

Barbara Fernandez

2020 Creator Award Winner
Barron Sherer

Barron Sherer

2020 Creator Award Winner
Carla Jerez

Carla Jerez

2020 Creator Award Winner
Charles Humes

Charles Humes

2020 Creator Award Winner
Charo Oquet

Charo Oquet

2020 Creator Award Winner
Christina Pettersson

Christina Pettersson

2020 Creator Award Winner
2019 Creator Award Winner
Clara Varas

Clara Varas

2020 Creator Award Winner
Cornelius Tulloch

Cornelius Tulloch

2020 Creator Award Winner
Evelyn Politzer

Evelyn Politzer

2020 Creator Award Winner
Ezekiel Binns

Ezekiel Binns

2020 Creator Award Winner
Faren Humes

Faren Humes

2020 Creator Award Winner
Francisco Masó

Francisco Masó

2020 Creator Award Winner
Gady Alroy

Gady Alroy

2020 Creator Award Winner
GeoVanna Gonzalez Portrait

GeoVanna Gonzalez

2020 Creator Award Winner
2018 Creator Award Winner
Glexis Novoa

Glexis Novoa

2020 Creator Award Winner
Headshot of Itzel Basualdo

Itzel Basualdo

2020 Creator Award Winner
James Brazil

James Brazil

2020 Creator Award Winner

Jenna Balfe

2020 Creator Award Winner
2018 Creator Award Winner

Johnnie Bess

2020 Creator Award Winner
2019 Teacher Travel Grant Winner
Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Juan Carlos Zaldivar

2020 Creator Award Winner
Katja Esson

Katja Esson

2020 Creator Award Winner
Lauren Shapiro

Lauren Shapiro

2020 Creator Award Winner
Lee Pivnik

Lee Pivnik

2020 Creator Award Winner
Liz Shanon

Liz Shannon

2020 Creator Award Winner
Luna Goldberg

Luna Goldberg

2020 Creator Award Winner

Maria Theresa Barbist

2020 Creator Award Winner
Mark Fleuridor

Mark Fleuridor

2020 Creator Award Winner
Nicolle Nyariri

Nicolle Nyariri

2020 Creator Award Winner
Patrick Farrell

Patrick Farrell

2020 Creator Award Winner
Pedro Wazzan

Pedro Wazzan

2020 Creator Award Winner
Pepe Mar

Pepe Mar

2020 Creator Award Winner
2018 Creator Award Winner
Reginald O'Neal

Reginald O’Neal

2020 Creator Award Winner
Robert Colom

Robert Colom

2020 Creator Award Winner
Robert McKnight

Robert McKnight

2020 Creator Award Winner
Sasha Wortzel

Sasha Wortzel

2020 Creator Award Winner
Sebastian Elizondo

Sebastian Elizondo

2020 Creator Award Winner

Silvia Ros

2020 Creator Award Winner
2018 Creator Award Winner
Tom Scicluna

Tom Scicluna

2020 Creator Award Winner
Tony Vasquez

Tony Vazquez-Figueroa

2020 Creator Award Winner
william cordova

william cordova

2020 Creator Award Winner

2020 Jury

Creator and Michael Richards Awards

Rene Morales
Adler Guerrier
Kristan Kennedy
Teka Selman
Deb Margol

Teacher Travel Grants

Deb Margol
Mari Robles
Lilia Garcia

Social Justice Award

Rosie Gordon Wallace
Loni Johnson
Nadege Green

Award Ceremony

The Ellies

October 21, 2020, 7 pm ET / 4 pm PT

Watch the Award Ceremony

Click on the YouTube video below