Emerging Artist Grant

The Emerging Artist Grant aims to support and build meaningful relationships among the outstanding creative artists in Pinellas County and their audiences. It provides a solid foundation to nurture the creative community and elevate Pinellas as an art and cultural destination that draws tourists worldwide.

With this focus in mind, Creative Pinellas provides up to ten grants for artists who are emerging in their artistic practice. Grantees will be assigned an artist mentor to help develop new artwork for the Emerging Artist Exhibition (EAE) in the Spring of 2024.

Meet the Artists

David McCauley

By David McCauley

David McCauley is an interdisciplinary artist based in St Petersburg, FL. Since 2012, he has founded multiple 501c3 organizations such as the Rise Up Gallery, Laundromat Art Space, Artillery Residency… Read More

Fran Failla

By Fran Failla

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Fran’s personal artistic journey began at a very early age. Given the opportunity in elementary school to take up painting, she quickly showed a special… Read More

Thomas Sayers Ellis

By Thomas Sayers Ellis

Poet, photographer, and bandleader Thomas Sayers Ellis is the author of The Maverick Room and Skin, Inc,: Identity Repair Poems, He co-founded The Dark Room Collective and The Dark Room… Read More

Antonia Lewandowski

By Antonia Lewandowski

Growing up in the multi-lingual Yorkville section of New York City during the Fifties, Antonia Lewandowski had an easy walk to museums and libraries, concerts in Central Park, and East… Read More

Tyler Gillespie

By Tyler Gillespie

Tyler Gillespie is an award-winning writer and educator. He’s written for Rolling Stone, GQ, The Washington Post, The Nation, Salon, and Playboy. His poetry appears in anthologies such as In… Read More

Gaby Rosa

By Gabriela Rosa

For the past five years, Gaby Rosa has blazed a trail as a full-time, professional fire and circus performer. Her journey commenced with fire dancing, a mesmerizing art form that… Read More

Kaitlin Crockett

By Kaitlin Crockett

Kaitlin Crockett is a printmaker, writer, book artist, educator, librarian, and owner of Print St. Pete. Primarily using analog methods like Letterpress and Risograph printmaking, she creates zines, publications, broadsides,… Read More

Vanessa Cunto

By Vanessa Cunto

Vanessa is a Florida native and local artist here in the city of St. Petersburg. She has always placed creativity at the core of her  life, from her formative years… Read More

Luci Westphal

By Luci Westphal

Luci Westphal is an award-winning filmmaker, photographer, writer, and social artist with a focus on biophilic art to enhance people’s well-being by connecting with the outdoors through art, especially in… Read More

Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

Harriet Monzon-Aguirre is an oil painter and aspiring surface pattern designer creating out of Bahia Studios in Safety Harbor. She spent her early childhood and formative years on the Caribbean… Read More

Follow their Story

Cohort Check-In Recap

By Harriet Monzon-Aguirre

  April 10th marked the third of the virtual cohort check-ins as part of the Creative Pinellas 2024 Emerging Artist Grant. We are weeks away from the exhibition opening and… Read More

Graphite as a Medium

By Vanessa Cunto

Graphite, a humble mineral found abundantly in nature, holds an esteemed place in the realm of fine art. Often paired with paper, it forms a timeless medium that speaks to… Read More

Old Box #9: Not Dreaming but the Borrowed Isms Between Old Memories and Remembering

By Thomas Sayers Ellis

I dream too much. It’s strange. I also know that I am not in my body when I dream. I am traveling. The dream, the images of it, happen outside… Read More

Poetry Alley: Plate Poems

By Tyler Gillespie

One of my favorite aspects of poetry is its associative quality. The genre allows us to make leaps — over the canyons we call cracks in the (figurative) pavement. These… Read More

Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines at the Brooklyn Museum

By Kaitlin Crockett

For my birthday last month I got to see the Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines exhibition before it closed on March 31st at the Brooklyn Museum.  As a… Read More

Learn more about the Grant

So fortunate to be part of this cadre of artists for 2024.

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The Emerging Artist Grant aims to support and build meaningful relationships among the outstanding creative artists in Pinellas County and their audiences. It provides a solid foundation to nurture the creative community and elevate Pinellas as an art and cultural destination that draws tourists worldwide…. Read More

Events

2024 Emerging Artist Exhibition: Opening Reception

Step into the world of creativity at the opening reception of the 2024 Emerging Artist Exhibition at the Gallery at Creative Pinellas happening Thursday, May 9 from 6–8pm…. Read More

2024 Emerging Artist Exhibition

MAY 9 – JULY 21, 2024 Discover the next wave of artists! Join us for a diverse and innovative exhibition of work showcasing the dynamic creations of our 2024 Emerging… Read More

Archive of Emerging Artists

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Creative Pinellas is excited to announce the Emerging Artist Grantees of 2023!… Read More

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Creative Pinellas proudly congratulates this year’s group of award-winning grantees! Dorian Angello, Adam & Kayte Bush, Jon Ditty, Alex Kaufman, Teresa Mandala, Rachel Ratcliff, Heather Rippert, Ashley Rivers, Ketsy Ruiz,… Read More

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Emerging Artist Grants are designed to assist artists early in their career with the tools to make the leap to their next step as professional artists. Each year Creative Pinellas… Read More

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