Scope and Contents note
The collection is comprised primarily of the visual documentation each artist submitted with their initial application and contains approximately 60,000 slides; approximately 400 video tapes and some audio tapes. Some files contain additional materials subsequently submitted by the artists, including resumes, personal statements, artists' books, and exhibition catalogs.
Awards given by media were: Painting (1,240); Sculpture (6,410), Photography (866); Craft (844); Works on Paper (600) and New Genres (480).
Artists represented include, from the first round (1967): Mark di Suvero, Dan Flavin, Sam Gilliam, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Robert Morris, Edward Ruscha, Tony Smith, and H. C. Westermann.
Artists from other years, include: Vito Acconci, Terry Allen, Gregory Amenoff, Laurie Anderson, Ida Applebroog, Robert Arneson, Richard Artschwager, Jennifer Bartlett, Joan Brown, Chris Burden, Scott Burton, Enrique Chagoya, John Chamberlain, Mel Chin, Chuck Close, Robert Colecott, Susan Crile, Robert Cumming, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Nancy Graves, Hans Haake, Ann Hamilton, Gary Hill, Robert Irwin, Joan Jonas, Mike Kelley, Barry Le Va, Maya Lin, Mary Lucier, George Maciunas, Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, Mary Miss, Meredith Monk, Robert Moskowitz, Bruce Nauman, Alice Neel, Jim Nutt, Dennis Oppenheim, Tony Oursler, Nam June Paik, Judy Pfaff, Adrian Piper, Richard Prince, Martin Puryear, Charles Ray, Faith Ringgold, Susan Rothenberg, Nancy Rubins, Betye Saar, Judith Schaechter, Carolee Schneemann, Joel Shapiro, Alexis Smith, Nancy Spero, Francesc Torres, James Turrell, Richard Tuttle, Bill Viola, Carrie May Weems, Lawrence Weiner, Hannah Wilke, Fred Wilson, Jackie Winsor, Betty Woodman, and Bruce and Noman Yonemoto.
Among the photographers who were recipients of NEA awards and who are represented in the collection are: Robert Adams, John Baldessari, Harry Callahan, Sarah Charlesworth, William Christenberry, Larry Clark, Robert Cumming, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Frank Gohlke, Sherry Levine, Helen Levitt, Robert Mapplethorpe, Joel Meyerowitz, Duane Michaels, Richard Misrach, Cindy Sherman, Aaron Siskind, Hiroshi Sugimoto and William Wegman.
In the field of craft, recipients represented include: John Cederquist, Dale Chihuly, Viola Frey, Michael Lucero, John McQueen, Judith Schaechter, Joyce Scott, Peter Voulkos, and Betty Woodman.