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About This Grant

An immensely talented and loving artist from Greenville, Margaret Marie Alaina Fisher passed on October 24, 2022. Alaina was an alumna of the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. At the time of her death, she was a student at the Florence Academy of Art in Italy where she was enhancing her skills as a sculptor. Alaina showed remarkable promise as an artist, and her long-term goals were to teach art at the college level and to have her own studio. An avid animal lover, she left us far too early, and this Endowment for Emerging Visual Artists is named in her memory. 

This Endowment was established in 2023 by a generous donation from Ms. Jill Cox and Mr. Barry Cox of Warehouse Services, Inc. Additional funding has been provided by MAC.


The funding priority of the Alaina Fisher Grant for Emerging Visual Artists is to provide financial resources for an emerging visual artist to participate in an artist-in-residence program or to further their professional development in a specific area of concentration, regardless of location. 

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must satisfy ALL eligibility requirements as follows:

  • Be a practicing visual artist at least 21 - 35 years old at the time of March 29th (Extended deadline).
  • An applicant must have an undergraduate degree in visual arts or be a full-time working artist. An applicant cannot be a matriculating student throughout the grant cycle.
  • Be a permanent resident of Greenville County for a minimum of 6 months prior to the application deadline and during the grant period. (Must be able to provide proof of residency if requested.)
  • Have the ability to provide a minimum of $1,500 for associated expenses.

Funding Range, Restrictions + Match

Up to $4,000.00 with a $1,500.00 match required match per award. Applicants who have outstanding MAC project support activities or reports are ineligible to apply for this grant. An applicant is only eligible to receive one Alaina Fisher Grant. If an applicant is awarded an Alaina Fisher grant, they are not eligible to reapply.


Applications must be postmarked or delivered to the MAC office by 5:00 P.M. on March 29th 2024.

    You will need to mail or bring in an original application along with 9 stapled copies (10 total) – see the Guidelines section of the application.

    No late, faxed or emailed applications will be accepted.