Precipice Fund

The Precipice Fund provides critical support for artist-driven organizations, projects, initiatives, and publications that exist on the edge of new practice. These projects operate outside of traditional forms of support, galvanize communities, promote critical dialogue, and encourage generative and expansive artistic process while driving culture forward regionally and nationally. These often informal, anti-institutional, serious, intentionally nebulous, and innovative projects are an integral part of the greater Portland region’s vital art ecology and are emulative of the pioneering spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

Applications open now until October 18, 2019!

For information about the current Precipice Fund grant cycle, including information sessions, and the application deadline, click HERE.

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2018 Grant Recipients View grantees >

Precipice Fund is proud to announce our Round Six (2018–19) grant recipients. In the program’s sixth year, $60,000 was awarded to 14 collaborative artist projects, programs, and spaces, ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 each.

Grant recipients were selected by an external panel of artists, curators, and art professionals throughout the region, including DB Amorin, Artist and faculty/staff at Open Signal and Public Annex (Portland, OR); Rachel Cook, Artistic Director of On the Boards (Seattle, WA); Garrick Imatani, Artist and Chair of Foundation, Pacific Northwest College of Art (Portland, OR); and Carey Lin, Artist, Educator, and staff at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA).

The following PICA staff oversee Precipice Fund programming and operations:

Jodie Cavalier
Public Engagement Program Coordinator, PICA
Coordinator, Precipice Fund

Roya Amirsoleymani
Artistic Director & Curator of Public Engagement, PICA
Managing Director, Precipice Fund

Kristan Kennedy
Artistic Director & Curator of Visual Art, PICA
Founding Director, Precipice Fund


Precipice Fund is administered with lead support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts as part of the Regional Regranting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional support has been provided by the Calligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti and the Oregon Community Foundation.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual ArtsCalligram Foundation/Allie Furlotti

About the Warhol Regional Regranting Program

The Regional Regranting Program aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the Foundation to reach the sizeable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other projects. The Foundation plans to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is highest.

The 12 re-granting programs–developed and facilitated by organizations in Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco–provide grants of up to $6,000 for the creation and public presentation of new work. Together the programs have funded more than 240 projects over six years. For more information, visit

Partners in the Regranting Network

Precipice Fund, Portland OR
Alternative Exposure, San Francisco, CA
Fulcrum Fund, Albuquerque, NM
Grit Fund, Baltimore, MD
The Idea Fund, Houston, TX
The Kindling Fund, Portland, ME
Platforms Fund, New Orleans, LA
The Propeller Fund, Chicago, IL
Rocket Grants, Kansas City, MO
Visual Arts Fund, Minneapolis, MN
Wavemaker Grants, Miami, FL
Velocity Fund, Philadelphia, PA