Rhizome is pleased to announce that the 2010 Commissions cycle is now open. Founded in 2001, the Rhizome Commissions Program is designed to support emerging artists with financial and institutional resources. In the seventh year of funding for the Program, Rhizome will award grants, with amounts ranging from $1000 to $5000, for the creation of significant works of new media art. Artists who receive a commission will also be invited to speak at Rhizome’s affiliate, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and to archive their work in the ArtBase, a comprehensive online art collection.

Applications for will be accepted until midnight April 2, 2009.

In the 2010 cycle, Rhizome will award nine grants total. Seven of these will be selected by a jury and two will be determined by Rhizome’s membership through an open vote. Reflective of Rhizome’s commitment to openness and community, this unique process encourages dialogue among artists and participants and provides members with the opportunity to survey the current field of practice.

Member voting will begin on April 6th.

The Rhizome Commissions program is supported, in part, by funds from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund. Additional support is provided by generous individuals and Rhizome Members.

About Rhizome

Rhizome is dedicated to the creation, presentation, preservation, and critique of emerging artistic practices that engage technology. Through open platforms for exchange and collaboration, our website serves to encourage and expand the communities around these practices. Our programs, many of which happen online, include commissions, exhibitions, events, discussion, archives and portfolios. We support artists working at the furthest reaches of technological experimentation as well as those responding to the broader aesthetic and political implications of new tools and media.