The Department of State supports the 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 Art Biennale, visit the La Biennale di Venezia official website.
Program LengthHeld biannually in odd-numbered years (2013, 2015, 2017, etc.) Typically six months, with the closing date for application submissions about 18 to 24 months before the opening date of the exhibition.
Eligibility and Application OverviewPublic applications are accepted.
Applications are currently closed.
- Be a U.S. - based non-profit museum, school, gallery, or 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 U.S. Artists 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.
Potential applicants interested in organizing the Venice Biennales are required to submit their proposals electronically through Grantsolutions.gov or Grants.gov. Please do not submit a proposal without first discussing your project with the Cultural Programs Division at the U.S. Department of State.
The theme of the 2015 biennale was All the World’s Futures.
For information on the official U.S. representation at the 2015 Venice Art Exhibition, visit the website for Joan Jonas.