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Meet Artist Jay Giroux, See What an Artist Grant Can Do for You

Jay Giroux at work. Photo by Greg Byron
Jay Giroux at work. Photo by Greg Byron

Artist Jay Giroux applied for a $2,000 grant from the Arts Council earlier this year. In his application he proposed using the grant money to purchase equipment. He wanted to buy a Sony A6000 digital camera, lens and iPad Pro that by working in combination he could seamlessly toggle between digital and analog — start a printing, photograph it, work on it with the iPad, rework the painting, etc. He felt the equipment would help him speed up his process and expand the possibilities and quantity of his work.

After being awarded the grant last March and using the equipment, Jay says, “Both the camera and the iPad Pro allowed me to work remotely. I can document and concept sketch ideas for works with ease. The camera also allows me to document my process and final product in more vivid detail, which is great for sharing on social media and in print.”

As far as expanding his career? He says, “I’ve always wanted to do a public sculpture and with the new equipment, I was able to put together a winning grant proposal for the Countywide sculpture complex. In addition to continuing to exhibit as a fine artist, I plan on pursuing more public works.” 

More About Jay

Jay Giroux spent the better part of 15 years honing skills in a broad spectrum of visual language—from painting, photography, and fine art printmaking, to streetwear and digital media. His recent paintings involve a continued exploration of incidental gestures and lowbrow symbolism culled from the urban streetscape. He received a BA in Studio Art (Cum Distinction) from the University of South Florida in 2002 and an MFA in Painting from the University of Houston in 2011. 


Apply for Your Own Artist Grant

  • Are you an active literary, performing or visual artist with commitment to your art career?
  • Have you had successful experiences as an emerging, mid-career or established artist?
  • Have you been a resident of Hillsborough County for at least one year? 

If the answer is yes, you may be eligible to apply for one of the Arts Council’s 2019 artist grants.

Artists may apply for up to $2,000 for one of two purposes:

  • Education Experience – residency, workshop, conference
  • Equipment – Permanent, non-disposable equipment 

All applications are done online and the deadline to finish your application is Friday, Jan. 4.

Find out more about our artist grant program.

See who has received our grants in the past. 

Take the online eligibility quiz and apply for a grant. 

Above image: Jay Giroux at work. Photo by Greg Byron

This post expires on Wednesday January 30, 2019.