The Pittsburgh Foundation

Investing in Professional Artists Program

Images courtesy of the artists unless otherwise noted. Top, l -r: Lindsey Scherloum, Jari Bradley, Darnell Chambers; bottom, l -r: Mariah Torres (image by Chris Fox-Kelly of CFK Media), Rachel Mica Weiss (image by Jenifer Trahan), Jaime Guerrero (image by Raphael Cardenas), Pearlann Porter: (image by Aaron Jackendoff).
Images courtesy of the artists unless otherwise noted. Top, l -r: Lindsey Scherloum, Jari Bradley, Darnell Chambers; bottom, l -r: Mariah Torres (image by Chris Fox-Kelly of CFK Media), Rachel Mica Weiss (image by Jenifer Trahan), Jaime Guerrero (image by Raphael Cardenas), Pearlann Porter: (image by Aaron Jackendoff).

The Investing in Professional Artists: The Pittsburgh Region Artists program was created in 2011 by The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments and guided by a shared belief in artistic excellence, creative development and the need for continuous career advancement for the region’s professional artists. In 2020, The Opportunity Fund joined the partnership, bringing support for professional craft artists. From 2011 to 2020, the program awarded $2.1 million to 142 artists and organizations to support the creative development of artists, to create career advancement and recognition opportunities, to incentivize creative partnerships among artists and local cultural organizations, and to increase the visibility of independent working artists in the region’s cultural life.

Beginning with the 2021 grant cycle, the Investing in Professional Artists program will change from a partnership to a program fully funded and administered by The Heinz Endowments, with new guidelines, application deadlines and award notification dates that will be posted on the Endowments’ website in the first quarter of 2021. Please continue to check the Endowments’ website for updated information, and contact Cindi Stueber (cstueber [at] heinz.org) should you have any questions about the program in the interim.

Read the news release announcing the 2020 Investing in Professional Artists Program's Creative Development and Residency grants. 

Learn about other arts programs and awards: 

  • Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards

    Two awards of $15,000 will be given annually to an established artist and an emerging artist in recognition of exemplary artistic achievements and promise for future work. Candidates are considered by nomination only. Learn more about the Carol R. Brown Creative Achievement Awards.

  • Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Opportunity Grants

    Artist Opportunity Grants (AOG) are awarded to artists throughout the year. Awards range between $250 and $2,500. For more information on AOG, including deadlines and application process, please visit: pittsburghartscouncil.org/aog.


Read more about previous grants through Investing in Professional Artists: