Venice Architectural Biennale

San Marco square, Venice.

At-a-Glance

The Department of State supports official U.S. participation at select international art exhibitions called biennales. The Department's support ensures that the excellence, vitality, and diversity of American arts are effectively showcased abroad and provides an opportunity to engage foreign audiences to increase mutual understanding. For more information on the Venice Architectural Biennale, visit the La Biennale di Venezia official website.

Program Length

Typically six months, with the closing date for application submissions about 18 to 24 months before the opening date of the exhibition. The 2016 exhibition will be open from May 28 through November 27, 2016.

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

Applications are currently closed. 

Applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. - based non-profit museum, school, gallery, or a visual arts organization subject to 501 (c) (3) of the U.S. tax code;
  • Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status in the United States. Architects whose work is proposed for representation must be U.S. citizens.

Independent curators wishing to apply must seek affiliation with a non-profit institution to take on the responsibility of fiscal management for the project. The Department encourages organizations that have not previously received international program funding from the USG to apply under this announcement.

Application Information

Potential applicants interested in organizing the Venice Biennales are required to submit their proposals electronically through www.GrantSolutions.gov or through Grants.gov. Please do not submit a proposal without first discussing your project with Cultural Programs Division at the U.S. Department of State.

The theme of the 2016 biennale will be Reporting from the Front. For information on the official U.S. representation at the Venice Architectural Exhibition, visit the website for the The Architectural Imagination.

More details on applying and eligibility

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