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Saturday, January 14, 2017

Call for entries: 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art


Application deadline: May 31

The Gibbes Museum of Art is accepting applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Sponsored by the young patrons auxiliary group Society 1858, the prize is awarded annually to an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South.

Entries for the annual award and $10,000 cash prize can be made exclusively online at 1858Prize.org through May 31. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply.

The 1858 Prize is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that is available to curators, collectors, academicians, and the public. The 2016 Prize was awarded to mixed media artist Alicia Henry of Nashville, Tennessee. Past winners include photographers Deborah Luster and Stephen Marc and mixed-media artist Sonya Clark, all of whom were featured in the Gibbes 2016 spring exhibition The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South. 2011 winner Patrick Dougherty will debut a site-specific installation at the Gibbes in March 2017.
For more information, visit 1858prize.org.

Artists must submit:
  • Completed registration form
  • Brief artist statement (150 words or less)
  • Resume or CV
  • Portfolio of work (up to 10 images) including title, date, medium, and dimensions for each work
  • $25 non-refundable entry fee

Reviewers: All submissions are reviewed by a panel of visual arts professionals, Society 1858 representatives, and Gibbes Museum of Art staff members. View a list of past panelists.


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