Artlink is proud to present the The Artist Forward Fund Exhibition

The Artist Forward Fund (TAFF) was launched by Artlink in 2017 in collaboration with the Artlink Artist Council (AAC). The AAC is composed of professional artists who represent Arizona’s diverse cultural identity and contribute significant time/energy to Artlink and/or partner initiatives that strive to elevate the profile of Arizona’s creative community.

TAFF grant recipients are selected by the AAC members following an open call to Arizona artists.

TAFF supports Artlink’s mission by connecting emerging artists with professional mentors and the community. The artists chosen are at a critical juncture of their careers and demonstrate the potential to grow through risk-taking and pushing their work in dynamic ways.

TAFF is a prestigious grant that honors emerging artists in Arizona with special recognition of their talent, select guidance from established artists in their field and greater knowledge about professional practices that will help them gain a wider audience and greater accolades for their work in the future.

TAFF Grant Recipients

For this TAFF cycle, three artists were selected by the Artlink Artist Council to each receive a $1,000 grant to create an exhibition concept to be showcased in Artlink’s Mood Room. 

Artlink is thrilled to announce the three artists selected to receive this year’s TAFF grants:

Hector Fernando

Julio Saran

Shela Yu

Their featured works for this exhibit are deeply personal, innovative and exemplify the core reasons of why they were selected.

Exhibition Dates

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 18, 2023, 6 to 9 p.m. RSVP HERE

Gallery Hours:

Tues-Friday: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

First Friday, June 2, 2023, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Closing Reception: Thursday, June 8, 2023, 6 to 9 p.m.

Location: mood room, 3121 N. 3rd Ave. Ste 100

To make a donation or to purchase an artwork CLICK HERE.  

2022: Meet the TAFF Cycle 4 artists here.