FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Étant donnés Contemporary Art



Etant donnés Contemporary Art offers financial support in the form of grants to American nonprofit institutions that organize exhibitions, installations, or research projects featuring French artists.

The Fund aims to support significant and engaging artistic projects that speak to relevant questions in contemporary art across the world. It achieves this by fostering active collaboration and encouraging long-lasting partnerships between French visual artists, curators, or collectives and American curators and cultural institutions.

The program seeks primarily to introduce French visual artists whose works have rarely, if ever, been shown in the United States to American audiences.

Étant donnés aims to support ambitious projects, with priority given to coproductions, new commissions, and projects that can be developed across several cities in the U.S.


Artistic field: Visual arts

In order to be eligible for an Etant donnés grant, commissions, projects, or exhibitions must pertain to the field of visual arts in its broadest sense (including design, architecture, art performance, video, installation, etc.).

Funding areas include: solo exhibits, group exhibits, research workshops, and symposiums.

Artists involved must be of French nationality or have resided in France for more than 5 years. The Artistic Committee will give priority to artists and works that have rarely been exhibited in the U.S.

The Committee will also favor projects commissioned specifically for the U.S. and/or that have been organized in collaboration with French institutions or curators.

Grants may not exceed 50% of the overall budget of any given project.

Maximum amount per grant to projects developed by American institutions: $30,000

Applicants must provide:
— The application form filled out with the required information (including a budget)
— A PDF including: a short resume of the artist(s), and a clear description of the project for which the grant is being requested
— Artistic Portfolio: audio / visual work (catalogues, photographs, exhibition stills, video/sound links)
Size of the file: max 5Mo – No “wetransfer”, “dropbox” etc.

Calendar & Application

Applications Due: 2021 TBA


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