BARE Artist Fund

The BARE Artist Fund was conceived in 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. As BARE staff worked remotely, many projects and events had to be adapted to the virtual setting. For the first time ever, our semesterly BARE Strip fundraiser went fully virtual. This made it easier to scale the event by partnering with a range of businesses. Due to the overwhelming success of the fundraiser and the social climate we live in, the BARE executive team decided to put the profits towards the BARE Artist Fund to grant financial support to historically underrepresented artists at UC Berkeley. This initiative is intended to help these artists fund their future artistic endeavors.

Students who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented in the arts are encouraged to apply.


Donate directly to the BARE Artist Fund here.
Student Org Name: BARE Magazine

Please email to let us know you would like to support the BARE Artist Fund with your donation.

BARE is always looking for opportunities to support underrepresented artists. Please email BARE Marketing Directors for more information.


Eligibility :

  • Eligible applicants must be current undergraduate students at UC Berkeley

  • Students who identify with a group that is historically underrepresented in the arts are encouraged to apply.


  • Applications go live November 1, 2022 ; APPLY HERE 

  • Applications close November 13, 2022 11:59PM PST

Recent Recipients

Sam Quinones

Emily Peng


Mandhuai Baatar

Sam is a libra. They are 21 years old and have been playing music since they can remember. Sam grew up training in classical piano and picked up guitar around the age of 14. Over the past few years, they started writing their own music which they have found to be quite liberating. With the BARE Artist Fund grant, they were able to record their entire EP with their producer Alex Purcell—who’s amazing! Having put their heart and soul into this EP, Sam feels good about it and is thankful to everyone who supported them along the way.

Current Work : EP Cut, out on all platforms

Emily is currently pursuing degrees in English Literature and Data Science, with career aspirations in law. Emily’s biggest passion is creative writing; she is a published poet and working writer for several publications. She shares her poetry through her writing blog, as well as the sporadic literary magazine. Her goal is to publish a collection in 2023 with her artist's grant from BARE magazine. She aims to connect her passion for writing with her work in community service and speech. Emily has given a TEDxTalk on the intersections between mental health and literature. She has also worked as a behavioral therapist, aiming to improve communication skills with children on the spectrum.

Current Work : Writing Blog,

Andrew is an Artist in New Media with a background in Mixed Media and Sculptural Ceramics. Currently, he is exploring installation and curatorial practices that focus on spatial, auditorial, and digital environments. He describes his artwork as tales that capture taboo subcultures and subgenres of contemporary human experience. With the BARE Artist Fund, Andrew feels his understanding of ceramics has deepened tremendously as it has given him the opportunity to explore materials that are hard to come by, allowing him to produce new methods of applying color to ceramics.

Current Work : POP UP Art Show November 18th at the Berkeley Art Practice Building, Room 285

Manduhai is an artist within various mediums; including: painting, sculpting, screen printing, embroidery, sewing, and tattooing. She identifies as a Mongolian American first-generation queer woman who utilizes art as a mechanism to  learn how their experiences are a product of the surrounding world. More so, she channels spirituality as the vessel through which one creates spontaneously, finding empowerment in visual elements of the past, of patterns and colors and lines that feel familiar. Mandhuai makes an artistic emphasis on understanding the community and culture of her conflicting personas.


Louise Bourgeois once said that “Art is a way of recognizing oneself.” We come together, in the collective, to creatively define our individual paths towards the rediscovery of our inner truths. Free from the influence of societal expectation and external validation, BARE offers artists far and near the safety and inspiration to create in alignment with their soul’s purpose ; a representation of the truest form of self & love.