As of October 23rd, 2013 emerging artists in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland will be able to submit their work for consideration for the second Emerging Artist’s Prize.
The Contemporary Art Society of Vancouver (CASV) has announced the prize, which comes with a cash award of $3,000 to encourage and support artists within the first five years of their careers.
The prize is the only one of its kind selected through an open competition. “There are other artist prizes awarded in Vancouver, but those are by nomination only, and focus on mid-career or senior artists,” explained CASV Board Member, Rachel Lafo, Chair of the Emerging Artist’s Prize. “We wanted to provide emerging artists with a chance to showcase their work and receive financial support to enable them to keep on working.”
The prize is open to artwork in all media by artists residing in the Lower Mainland. The prize defines an emerging artist as someone who has completed training, is in the first five years of an artistic career and has had at least one exhibition at an artist-run centre, public gallery, or commercial gallery. A jury will select five finalists whose work will be exhibited at a public Gallery in Vancouver in mid-May 2014. The finalists will also receive a cash prize.
The prize is entirely funded by CASV memberships and donations. The CASV is a not-for-profit membership-based organization that focuses on promoting an appreciation and understanding of Contemporary Art. Members enjoy studio visits, art trips, and lectures by prominent artists, critics, collectors, designers, architects and fine art professionals from North America and abroad. Founded in 1977, the Society has sponsored talks by such acclaimed artists and curators as Andy Warhol, Arthur Erickson, Germano Celant, Jessica Stockholder, Omer Arbel, Wanda Koop, Rebecca Belmore, Stan Douglas and many others.