Application Tips

Application Tips

Image Guidelines & Tips

  • Images must be submitted as jpgs (sometimes called jpeg) or pngs.
  • Make sure to save your edited image with a different file name, so that if you make a mistake, you still have the original file.
  • Be sure to do any cropping, color balancing, rotating, etc. BEFORE you begin the resizing process.
  • Do not include your name, or any other text on your images
  • Do not create ‘collages’ of your images, e.g. having two views of one piece in one image.
  • Resize your images to 1500 px on the shortest side with a resolution of 300 ppi.
  • Image files should be labeled with last name, first initial, and numbers, indicating your preferred viewing order (example: DoeJImage1.jpg).

Technical questions should be directed to Amanda Dobbratz at

Sample Applications

What is an Early Career Artist?

We use a broad and elastic definition of “early career” when assessing eligibility for the WMAA and ECAR programs.

There is no exact and singular definition of an early career artist. Our programs support those artists who show significant potential, yet are under-recognized.

Early career artists:

  • are the principal creators of new work
  • take risks and embrace challenges
  • have voices revealing significant potential
  • are rigorous in their approach to creation and production
  • have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment
  • are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators

Career stage is a factor but not a limiting one. Many artists fall into the early career category, but not all do. Age is not a factor in determining an early career artist.