Wednesday, October 30, 2013

New Emerging Voices Award


New Emerging Voices Award
American Craft Council

Minneapolis, MN
Spring 2015 Presentation

The American Craft Council Announces New Emerging Voices Award, Recognizing the Next Generation of Makers and Scholars Minneapolis, MN – October 2013 –

The American Craft Council announces the establishment of the Emerging Voices Award in recognition and support of the next generation of makers and thinkers in the field of contemporary craft, decorative arts, and design. The inaugural ACC Emerging Voices Award, to be presented in the spring of 2015, recognizes one winner among
five shortlisted emerging artists and an emerging scholar, critic, or contributor to the field for their body of published or unpublished work across all media. The ACC Emerging Voices Award is made possible by the generous support of the John & Robyn Horn Foundation.

Prize remuneration includes $10,000 for the Emerging Artist winner and the Emerging Scholar winner. Additionally $1,000 will be awarded to each shortlisted emerging artist. All Emerging Voices Awardees will be featured in a catalog/journal published by the American Craft Council. It will include biographical information, reproductions of work to date of Emerging Artists, selected work by Emerging Scholar, and a contextual essay on the relationship of awardees to the current state of the contemporary craft field.

Nominations for the Emerging Voices Award will be solicited by ACC from an anonymous body of artists, scholars, educators, critics, curators, and collectors. Self-nomination will also be accepted at any time. Evaluation material provided by nominated individuals will be reviewed by and winning artist and scholar for approval by the American Craft Council board of trustees.

To be considered for the Emerging Artist Award, individuals must meet or have completed within the last five years at least one of the following criteria: be currently enrolled in an academic MFA program, be a current resident of an established residency program, be apprenticed to a working artist/studio, or have established a working studio and participated in at least one juried or curated exhibition, show, or sale.

To be considered for the Emerging Scholar Award, individuals must have a demonstrated body of scholarship, commentary, or criticism on the field of contemporary craft. Published and unpublished work will be considered, including but not limited to monographs, contributions, essays, reviews, conference papers, blog posts, and other new media. Preference may be given to work that uses or cites the American Craft Council’s materials, library, and archives.

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Awards Program Contact:
Perry A. Price, Director of Education
(612) 206-3128

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(612) 206-3121