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Burke Prize Seeks Applicants

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The Burke Prize is a contemporary art prize for a new generation of artists working in a world of expanded media with a foundation in glass, fiber, clay, metal, or wood.

PRIZE AMOUNT:  $50,000 plus an exhibition and a residency

ELIGIBILITY: Professional visual artists over 21 and under 45, working in the United States

DEADLINE:  May 31, 2020

About the Prize

Inspired by the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement, the Burke Prize is named for Marian and Russell Burke, two longtime supporters of the Museum of Arts & Design and passionate collectors of craft. Established in 2018, the Burke Prize honors exceptional artists, age 45 or under, working in the United States whose highly accomplished work is conceptually rigorous, relevant, and pushes the boundaries of materials and creative processes. Applicants cannot be a student in a degree-granting program or its equivalent at the time of application, even if graduation is pending the same year.

Selected by a diverse and distinguished jury of curators, artists, and scholars through an open-call application process, the Burke Prize winner receives an unrestricted award of $50,000 and a major exhibition with a select group of finalists at the Museum. The winner is announced at the MAD Ball, the Museum’s annual fundraising gala.

One 2021 Burke Prize finalist artist will also be selected for the biannual Burke Residency at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. The Burke Residency artist will receive a one-month to five-week residency with all the benefits and opportunities awarded to artists selected for The Studio’s Artist-in-Residence program.

2021 Burke Prize Jurors

  • Indira Allegra, 2019 Burke Prize winner
  • Elissa Auther, Ph.D., Deputy Director of Curatorial Affairs, William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator (Chair)
  • Andrew Gardner, Curatorial Assistant, Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art
  • Gabriel de Guzman, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Smack Mellon Gallery

Previous Prize Winners

Indira Allegra (United States, b. 1980) makes sculptures, performances, texts, and installations that investigate memorial practices and the unseen forces of generational trauma. She uses the ideology and methodology of weaving to explore the repetitive intersections of forces held under tension, be they material, social, or emotional. Allegra holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with high distinction, from California College of the Arts, where she studied visual studies, writing, and textile.  She also earned an Associate of Applied Science in Sign Language Interpretation from Portland Community College and studied biology at Yale University. She has received the Artadia Award (2018), Tosa Studio Award (2018), Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts Artist Project Grant (2018), MAP Fund Grant (2018), and Windgate Craft Fellowship (2016), among other accolades.

Cannupa Hanska Luger (United States, b. 1979) is a multidisciplinary artist of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel, and cut paper, he interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about twenty-first-century indigeneity. Using social collaboration in response to timely and site-specific issues, Luger produces multipronged projects that often present a call to action, provoking diverse publics to engage with indigenous peoples and values outside the lens of colonial social structuring. He lectures and participates in residencies around the globe, and his work is collected internationally.

How to Apply

Apply online only via Submittable. You must create a free Submittable account in order to apply.

QUESTIONS? Email burkeprize@madmuseum.org

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