Artis is an independent nonprofit organization that broadens international awareness and understanding of contemporary visual art from Israel.
Beginning in 2015, Artis expanded its grant program into three categories that include Project Grants, Travel and Research Grants, and Exhibition Grants. The 2015 Grant Programs awarded significant support to 12 international exhibitions, 11 individual artists working in Israel, and 3 international arts professionals to conduct research in Israel. Grants were awarded in 12 countries across 5 continents. This marks the largest single year of grantmaking in Artis’ history. Since 2004, Artis has awarded over $1.25 million in grants to over 200 exhibitions and projects in more than 20 countries.
Artis works to shape the role and recognition of visual art from Israel in the contemporary art world by commissioning and presenting ambitious public programs in New York, Los Angeles, and internationally, including artist talks, performances, exhibitions, and commissions. With a commitment to meaningful partnerships with esteemed institutions and platforms, we are proud to have presented dozens of programs with organizations including MoMA/PS1, New Museum, Performa, Tate Modern, and MoCA. From 2016 through the end of 2017, Artis presents Staring Back at the Sun: Video Art from Israel, 1970-2012, our largest public programming effort to date. This comprehensive video exhibition and program will travel to more than 6 venues in the U.S. and abroad.
Since 2007, Artis has hosted nearly 200 museum directors, curators, writers, and critics from around the world on our semi-annual Research Trips to Israel. This program provides the opportunity for participants to explore cultural developments in Israel and create a platform for projects and initiatives to emerge. Itineraries span visits to museums, alternative art spaces, collections, and studios; presentations with leading artists, curators, and influential thinkers; architectural walks and visits to historic sites.
Since 2011, Artis has fostered career development opportunities for artists from Israel, first with workshops with Creative Capital and now through the Artist Career Development Program, in partnership with Asylum Arts and Artport, in Tel Aviv. With over 125 graduates to date, this intensive three-day program provides sustainability tools for emerging visual artists as well as an opportunity for artists to deepen their own sense of community.