Visual Artists Network (VAN), a national network of visual artists, curators, and exhibitors providing opportunities and subsidy support for under-recognized visual artists, nurtures the creation of experimental artwork and supports the touring of contemporary visual artists and their work.
Patterned after NPN’s model performing arts program, VAN was launched in 2007 as a pilot, and in 2009 the program was formally established through the induction of the VAN Partners, fifteen leading contemporary arts organizations from across the United States.
Selected in a rigorous application process, the VAN Partners join the Network for the life of their organizations, thus guaranteeing them subsidy support and services as long as their work and commitment to the Network’s values remain consistent.
VAN’s dedication to long-term relationships serves the greater goal of nourishing creative communities where artists may thrive.
The Visual Artists Network is made possible by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. The VAN Partners also make a significant contribution to the program through their matching dollars and annual dues.