One Month Left to Apply for Two Southern Artists' Prizes

Photographs from past winners of the Michael P. Smith Documentary Photography Fund

Photographs from past winners of the Michael P. Smith Documentary Photography Fund

The mid-April deadline is looming not just for the taxman but for two respected grant opportunities. 

The Arkansas Arts Center of Little Rock exhibits the Delta Exhibition of Art each summer. In the announcement of the call for entries, Angela McConnell wrote, "the The Delta Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture was founded in 1956 to feature contemporary work by artists from Arkansas and the bordering states. Today, the 56th Annual Delta Exhibition has grown to encompass works in all media and is a showcase for the dynamic vision of the artists of the Mississippi Delta region. The diversity of their art reflects the region’s strong traditions of craftsmanship and observation, combined with an innovative use of materials and an experimental approach to subject matter."

Entries are accepted from all mediums provided the artist was born or lives in Arkansas, Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. One Grand Award of $2,500 and two smaller awards of $750 each are up for grabs, chosen by guest juror and artist Brian Rutenburg. Read the guidelines and learn how to submit here. Work by the 2013 recipients below:

April 15th is the last day to submit to the Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography. Each year, the New Orleans Photo Alliance offers a $5,000 grant to a photographer working on a long-term cultural documentary project. The fund was created in memory of Michael P. Smith, who "spent a lifetime capturing the music, culture and folklife of New Orleans and Louisiana. He was well known for documenting New Orleans social club parades and jazz funerals, neighborhood Mardi Gras traditions, spiritual church ceremonies, and many of the city and state's renowned jazz, blues rhythm and blues, and gospel musicians."

This year's juror is Michael Famighetti, editor of Aperture magazine. Read the guidelines and how to submit here.

Photographers must live in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or Florida, but their project can be on an subject. Last year's winner Andrew Kaufmann documented the expansion of the Panama Canal, a project that will have a substantial impact on all port cities in the Gulf from Houston to Mobile. See work from that series below: