Phoenix Art Museum: 2021 Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards

Phoenix Art Museum announces a newly branded annual artists’ grants program made possible through the generosity of local donors Sally and Richard Lehmann. Known as the Sally and Richard Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards (Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards), the annual grants program will provide the opportunity for up to three Arizona-based artists to receive a grant of $1,500 each and to exhibit new work in an annual exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum. Recipients will be selected through a nationally juried selection process adjudicated by the Museum’s department of contemporary art. The Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards replace the former Contemporary Forum Artists’ Grants that concluded in 2017, at which time Phoenix Art Museum continued to subsidize an annual artists grants’ program. Now, the program will be fully funded thanks to the support of the Lehmann family, who have committed to funding the Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards annually for a minimum of 10 years.

Phoenix Art Museum will be accepting submissions for the 2021 Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards from May 15 through July 15, 2021. Applications are accepted online only and are due July 15, 2021.

A panel of judges, who will be announced to the public on September 30, 2021, will select the recipients. The selection committee will award up to three grants of $1,500 each, and each recipient will be invited to present work in the Museum’s 2022 Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards recipients’ exhibition. There is a $10 fee to submit to the open call, with proceeds supporting arts education and exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum.

Eligibility Requirements:

Artists must be considered emerging artists, meeting at least one of the following criteria:

  • Individuals who have completed degree programs in the last 5 years
  • Artists who exhibit their work in Arizona but may not have shown nationally or internationally
  • Artists with a website and a few different bodies of work that show development over time

Artists must currently be working.

Artists working in all media, including painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, new media, performance, photography, and video, may apply.

Artists must be Arizona residents for a minimum of one year.

Submitted artwork must have been produced within the past two years.

Artists may not be enrolled in a college-degree program.

Previous recipients of the Artists’ Grants are ineligible.

Artists must be registered as an Artlink Articipant. Register as an Articipant* with Artlink here.

*Note: While Articipation with Artlink does not require payment, there are additional benefits to paid levels. Visit for details. Questions about Artlink? Please email

Submission Requirements:

Applications must be submitted through Submittable and include:

  • Artist name, street address, email address, and telephone number
  • Resume/CV
  • Artist statement (optional; 150 words or less)
  • Three (3) JPEGS or three (3) videos of different examples of your work. Videos exceeding three minutes will not be accepted.
  • Descriptions of each submitted artwork (title, date, medium, dimensions)

Submissions Deadline: 

All materials must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on July 15, 2021.

Please email with any questions.

The Sally and Richard Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards are made possible through the generosity of Sally and Richard Lehmann with additional support from Cattryn Somers and Michael Cafiso.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

For advertising information, please contact