We are looking for accomplished, but relatively unknown, artists living and working in Santa Clara County.  Created in honor of our community’s iconic columnist and patron of the arts Leigh Weimers, these cash awards are meant to support and encourage emerging artists.

Artists in all genres may apply for this award. Previous awards have ranged between a $1,000 and $5,000 cash prize, and up to four winners will be invited to show their work and/or speak at a lunch meeting of one of the world’s 10 largest Rotary Clubs.

The Deadlines

Applications are now closed.

The Eligible Applicants

All applicants must be residents of Santa Clara County. Artists must be at least 18 years old, working in the art form declared on the application and able to provide work samples.
All applicants must meet the following definitions of “emerging:”

  • Have some evidence of professional achievement, but not a substantial record of accomplishment;
  • Not yet be recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators;
  • Be rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • Have a developing voice that reveals significant potential;
  • Take risks and embrace challenges.

All applicants must be available to present their work to a lunchtime audience of Rotary Club members on October 16, 2019. There will be a mandatory rehearsal that morning.


Applicants may apply under the following art forms:

  • Music (instrumental, voice, composition)
  • Written word (poetry, prose, stage or screenplay)
  • Visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, video/film, installation, etc.)
  • Performance (dance, theatre, comedy, performance art)

If your artistic discipline is not expressly included here, please choose the most appropriate category from the 4 that are listed.


Applications are now closed.

Note: To apply, you must first create an account with Cafe, then scroll down the list of “Calls for Entry” and find the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Awards. Follow that link and upload your artist statement, portfolio items and other information. There is a $10 application fee.


  1. Artist Statement/Application Letter
  2. Resume and/or Bio
  3. Support materials: submit up to 3 links to your work samples
  4. Description of “performance.”