The Thomas George Artists Fund awards grants to support an artist engaged in drawing and painting for up to six months directly following his or her graduation from art school or college; or for a student studying art but not seeking a degree, directly following his or her completion of the school or college’s art program coursework.
Thomas George is an internationally recognized artist whose work is included in the permanent collections of major museums, universities, corporations and private collections worldwide. He counts himself fortunate for having received financial support early on to study and practice his art. While the monetary assistance he received through the G.I. Bill and from his family was modest in size, it was immense in affect, providing him with the financial freedom he needed to explore and cultivate an art career. Mr. George wishes to help provide others with these same opportunities:
“Immediately following formal training, an artist may feel a bit lost at sea. That along with possible financial pressures can discourage even the most talented and dedicated. I want to help ease the financial pressure and provide an opportunity for young artists to concentrate on their craft and to experience art as a full-time occupation.”
Through this grants program, the Thomas George Artists Fund will assist artists at the outset of their careers.
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Thomas George with Michelle Nugent, inaugural winner of the Artists Fund Award.