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supporting early career visual artists


Please complete the online application form below and submit by August 31, 2024.

Artists from any country may apply, but the application and supporting materials must be submitted in English. To be eligible for considerations, applicants must meet any one of the following conditions:


- Received a BFA or BA in studio arts between 2014 and 2022

- Received an MFA in visual arts between 2014 and 2022

- Had their debut show (solo or group) at a gallery or juried exhibition between 2014 and 2022

Successful applicants will be notified via email by December 2, 2024. Grants will be disbursed in two payments, with $3,000 by

January 15, 2025 and the remaining $2,000 upon completion of the proposed project.

2024 Distinguished Selection Panel



FRAN KAUFMAN is Curatorial Director of the Liu Shiming Art Foundation and the Liu Shiming Art Gallery. She is also a principal in Kaufman Vardy Projects, an international consultancy focused on strategic marketing and curatorial practice, where she worked with The Warhol Museum on special projects.  Fran was previously a partner in Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Art, a contemporary gallery with an international roster of artists and a dedicated center for dialogue between visual art, literature, criticism, and music. She launched the premier International Houston Fine Art Fair, and served as Director of palmbeach3 contemporary art fair. She has been a regular lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NYU’s Graduate School of the Arts, and Pratt Institute among other venues, and frequently writes about art. Her curatorial projects have been featured in the US, Italy, Germany, and Latin America., including the first solo photography exhibition at the Museo de Bellas Artes (Buenos Aires). 



PETER WAYNE LEWIS has exhibited his paintings extensively in the US, Africa, the Caribbean, Europe, and Asia. Recent solo museum exhibitions include The Delaware Contemporary (Wilmington), UCCA - Ullens Center of Contemporary Art (Beijing), and MOCA-North Miami. Upcoming exhibitions include Scully Tomasko Foundation (NYC) and PAHM-Pan African Heritage Museum (Accra). His work is in numerous public and private collections in the US, Europe, and Asia. Peter also served as Chairman of the Department of Painting at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (Boston) where he held a tenured faculty position for 25 years. He maintains an ambitious studio practice, splitting his time between the New York Metro area and Beijing.  



CINDY QI is an Associate Specialist in Chinese Art at Sotheby’s New York. She previously worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Christie’s. Cindy earned an MA in Chinese Art from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, with expertise in ceramics and works of art of the Ming and Qing dynasties.



YOHANNA M ROA is a New York-based transcultural visual artist, art historian, art critic, and a permanent collaborator of ArtNexus and Whitehot art magazines. She has developed curatorial projects and educational art and archive projects for various institutions, including the National Center of the Arts CENIDIAP (Mexico City), WhiteBox (NYC), and La Tertulia Museum of Modern Art (Cali). Yohanna received a PhD in History and Critical Theories of Art from the Universidad Iberoamericana, México. Her most recent solo-performance Pocahontas and La Malinche, took place in May at The Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum in Madrid, Spain. 



DR. LINDSEY SCHNEIDER is Executive Director of The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR), and Editor-In-Chief of the IFAR Journal. A scholar of Italian Renaissance and Baroque art, she has over two decades of management experience at institutions including The Bard Graduate Center, American Academy in Rome, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received an MA and PhD from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts, and an MBA from Columbia Business School. Lindsey is also an adjunct professor in Columbia's art history department.

Liu Shiming Artist Grants 2023

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