FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Étant donnés Contemporary Art



Etant donnés offers grants to American curators wishing to conduct and deepen their research in contemporary art in France. These grants are intended to expand the opportunities of American curators, to encourage in-depth explorations of French cultural resources, and to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and knowledge among artists, professionals, researchers, and institutions.

Candidates are encouraged to connect with art professionals and other researchers as well as with institutions, universities, art schools, or private and public archives in preparation for future exhibitions or collaborations.


Artistic field: Visual arts

The candidates must:
— Be U.S. citizens or legal residents of the United States for at least 5 years;
— Be affiliated with institutions or a freelance curator working in the field of contemporary art;
— Have a minimum of 3 years of research or provide evidence of significant professional practice;
— Have a clearly defined curatorial research project with a French partner organization or individuals;
There is no age limit to participate.

If needed, the Cultural services of the French Embassy in collaboration with Institut français can facilitate the research by providing tailored advice, facilitating access to resources, and contacts with the right professional networks in France.

Priority will be given to curatorial fellowships planning to present the result of the research in one way or another in the U.S. via an exhibition, publication, talk, lecture, screening, performance, etc.

Applicants affiliated to institutions must obtain authorization from their institution to travel for the proposed research.

Research projects submitted must take place between June 1, 2020 & June 30, 2020.

The grant is intended to contribute to covering the costs of transportation, lodging, per diems, insurance, and any costs related to the research trip.

Maximum amount for each Curatorial Fellowship: $5,000

Applicants must provide:
— The application form filled out with the required information (including a budget)
— A PDF including: a short resume; and a letter clearly detailing the research project for which the grant is being requested, indicating the specific objectives of the curatorial fellowship : subject, methods, schedule, research goals, and an overview of pre-existing contacts;
(Size of the file: max 5Mo – No “wetransfer”, “dropbox” etc).

Calendar & Application

Application Deadline: 2021 TBA


Anne-Claire Duprat
Program Officer, Visual Arts, Architecture, Design