Announcing The Vermont Prize for Vermont Visual Artists
Are you a Vermont visual artist? Applications are being accepted for the inaugural annual prize put forth by four of the state’s art museums and centers. Details, from a press release by the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, are below. If you have a favorite artist or two (or more!) whose work deserves recognition, please share this post with them.
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — Four of Vermont’s leading contemporary art institutions have launched The Vermont Prize, a new endeavor to “celebrate and support the best visual art being made in Vermont today.” The Vermont Prize is a collaborative initiative of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC), Burlington City Arts (BCA), the Hall Art Foundation, and The Current (formerly the Helen Day Art Center).
The Vermont Prize will be awarded to one artist annually. The winner will receive $5,000, and their work will be showcased and archived at vermontprize.org and on social media. Applications will be accepted from visual artists currently living and working in Vermont. The Vermont Prize is open to individuals as well as collaborating artists. Artists working in any visual medium are welcome to apply. There is no application fee. The application deadline is March 31, 2022.
Each year, the Vermont Prize will be juried by a team consisting of one representative from each of the four partner organizations, as well as a fifth independent and unaffiliated juror. The inaugural independent juror is Kelly Baum, the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (photo, above.) Baum has held curatorial positions at the Princeton University Art Museum, the Blanton Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. The other 2022 jurors are BMAC Director of Exhibitions Sarah Freeman, BCA Curator and Director of Exhibitions Heather Ferrell, Hall Art Foundation Director Maryse Brand, and The Current Executive Director Rachel Moore.
The winner will be selected on the basis of artistic excellence, regardless of career stage, and will be announced on June 30, 2022.
(Photos courtesy of Brattleboro Museum and Art Center)
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