APS Collaboration Grant

The APS Collaboration Grant funds public programs and projects that foster collaboration between members of the print community and/or encourage dialogue between the print community and the general public. The grant carries a maximum award of $1,000. Projects should provide new insights into printmaking and introduce prints to new audiences.

Examples of potential collaborative projects include, but are not limited to, the following:

– A multi-speaker conference or symposium;

– A single-speaker lecture;

– A workshop focused on identifying printmaking methods and techniques and/or print media;

– A study day with printmakers and paper conservators focused on printed materials;

– An educational program about printmaking intended for the general public.

Application Requirements & Review Criteria

Successful proposals must address all of the following criteria, which must be consolidated into a single PDF document titled with the applicant’s name:

– Proposal narrative describing the collaborative project and identifying its organizers and its goals. Ideally, this should include how the project will contribute towards advancing print scholarship; a list of speakers and their affiliations (if applicable); anticipated target audience; and how the project will facilitate collaboration between members of the print community, and/or between the print community and the general public. In addition, this narrative should address the feasibility of realizing this project within the proposed time frame (500-1000 words).

– Budget detailing how grant funding would be spent and how the project can be realized within the funding amount provided by APS. Please list any other grants for which the applicant(s) has applied, amounts, and outcomes (if known).

– Short CV(s) (no more than 2 pages) for key applicant(s) involved in organizing this program or project.

The time frame for the grant is one year (see COVID addendum below). The successful applicant will be notified by the end of March and the grant must be applied to event costs within one year of notification. For full consideration please send all required materials, organized in a single PDF document titled with the applicant’s name, by January 31, 2024, to the APS Grants Committee at grants@printscholars.org.

*The APS Collaboration Grant does not fund overhead or indirect costs. Indirect costs are costs for activities or services that support the organization as a whole, such as administrative costs not associated with the delivery of the grantee’s particular program or project servicesPlease note that funds awarded from the grant may only be applied to direct costs outlined in the submitted proposal budget. Acceptable project expenses and direct costs may include, but are not limited to, the following: professional fees/honoraria; travel and lodging expenses; supplies and materials; meetings and conference costs (i.e. space rental fees, etc.). Food or beverage expenses for receptions and dinners/lunches are excluded.

**COVID Addendum (2022): Due to the special circumstances of this grant cycle overlapping with the COVID-19 pandemic, projects and events may occur as much as 18 months after receipt of award (through the end of 2024). We also welcome digitally based projects, including but not limited to webinars.

Winners of the APS Collaboration Prize

2023 Prize (Press Release)


Amache Alliance. In support of creation of webpage documenting the history of the Silkscreen Workshop at Amache and offering a digital visual record of the Workshop’s output.

2022 Prize (Press Release)


Lex Turnbull. In support of a series of self-publishing and printmaking workshops in western North Carolina.

Honorable Mention:

Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA. In support of a printmaking public program in the Kala Gallery with a panel discussion and printmaking activities during the Fellowship Residency Projects exhibition (July–September 2022).

2021 Prize (Press Release)


Eric Benson, Ben Blount, Emmy Lingscheit, Guen Montgomery, and Maureen Warren. In support of the workshop Fake News and Lying Pictures: Political Prints in the Dutch Republic.

Honorable Mention:

Philadelphia Museum of Art and Black Women of Print. In support of the collaborative program organized in conjunction with PMA’s exhibition, Emma Amos: Color Odyssey.

2020 Prize (Press Release)


Jennifer Chuong, Harvard University, and Kailani Polzak, Williams College. In support of the event Imprinting Race.

Honorable Mention:

Trisha Gupta, interdisciplinary artist and educator. In support of Build a Bigger Table, Not a Higher Wall, a lecture and woodblock printing demonstration.

2019 Prize (Press Release)


Virginia Humanities, the state’s humanities council. In support of programming with visiting artist, Detroit-based printmaker Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., as part of the organization’s first Frank Riccio Artist Residency at the Virginia Center for the Book

2018 Prize (Press Release)


Self Help Graphics and Art [Los Angeles, CA]. In support of artist honoraria so the artists may participate in panel discussions related to the organization’s 45th Anniversary exhibition: Entre Tinta y Lucha (Between Ink and the Struggle)

2017 Prize (Press Release)


Juliet Sperling (University of Pennsylvania) and Aaron M. Hyman (University of California, Berkeley) for the conference “Objects of Study: Paper, Ink, and the Material Turn”

2016 Prize (Press Release)


Fletcher Coleman (Harvard University) and Laura Post (Rhode Island School of Design) for the conference “The Artist’s Hand: Technology in Practice”

Lisa Pon (Southern Methodist University) for the seminar “Print, Identity, and the Im/material Image”