Applications are now open for the 2015 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise! As in the past, three winners will be selected in the field of biomedical science, and three in the arts, which this year will be awarded in the field of fashion. New this year, however, is the increased prize amount: Each winner will receive a $50,000 cash award with their prize.read full article >
The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Vilcek Prizes! The prizes are awarded annually to immigrants in biomedical science and the arts and humanities, this year recognizing the field of design. The Vilcek Prizes honor immigrants with a record of groundbreaking contributions to their field. The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise are awarded to younger immigrants who have demonstrated exceptional achievement.read full article >
Vilcek Foundation President Jan Vilcek returns to his hometown of Bratislava, Slovakia to accept the title of doctor honoris causa from Comenius University next week. He is being recognized for his pioneering research in immunology and microbiology, as well as his role in developing groundbreaking treatments for arthritis and other immunological diseases.read full article >
In our third annual dARTboard exhibition, we are excited to announce three winning artists chosen from an extremely competitive pool of applicants for the dARTboard Call for Entries this past fall.read full article >
To close off the year, the Rosalind Franklin Society will be honoring Vilcek Foundation founders Jan and Marica Vilcek at their annual meeting of the board. Dedicated to recognizing, fostering, and advancing the contributions of women in the life sciences, the Society will be honoring Jan and Marica for their work in raising awareness of not only immigrant scientists, but women scientists as well, through the Vilcek Prizes.read full article >
The Vilcek Foundation is delighted to welcome Christina Mossaides Strassfield, museum director/chief curator of Guild Hall Museum, as the newest director on the board of the Vilcek Foundation.read full article >
Congratulations to Vilcek Foundation Executive Director Rick Kinsel! The Museum of Arts and Design has selected him as a 2013 recipient of the MAD Visionaries! Awards, which recognizes creativity and leadership in the fields of arts and design. Rick is being honored for his ongoing work with the Vilcek Foundation, seeking out and supporting talented foreign-born artists and designers.read full article >
We first got to know French-born filmmaker Jean-Michel Dissard at the 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival, where his latest documentary, I Learn America, was a selection in the New American Filmmakers program. The Vilcek Foundation is thrilled to partner with the I Learn America team again, this time closer to home, to co-present a screening and community discussion on immigration and education.read full article >
Last year, we were proud to support Little Kids Rock, a non-profit organization that brings musical education into underserved schools across the country. The result of our partnership was the production of five original compositions by immigrant or first generation children. Put on your headphones and take a listen!read full article >
Chad Hartigan, born in Cyprus to Irish parents, explores the stories of his past with his sophomore feature drama This is Martin Bonner. The winner of the Best of Next Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the film features Australian-born Paul Eenhoorn as the title character, as he adjusts to a new life in Reno, Nevada, in his mid-fifties.read full article >
The Vilcek Foundation was honored to include New Zealand–born director Andrew Adamson as one of the inaugural New American Filmmaker Featured Filmmakers. NAF Featured Filmmakers spotlights immigrant film professionals whose careers have long played an integral role in American cinema.read full article >
This year, we were delighted to have three of our New American Filmmakers selected to participate in the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Youth Education Programs. Delegates participated in the Guest Filmmaker Program, which brings film and media professionals into local classrooms of Hawaii, and the Cultural & Visual Literacy Program, which provides free theater screenings to students for films not easily accessible in Hawaii.read full article >
A sake bomb is a popular cocktail made by dropping a shot of sake into a glass of beer, the combination of which is then chugged as quickly as possible. It was a mystery to Japanese-born director Junya Sakino when he first arrived in the U.S. Although the drink was ubiquitous in the sushi restaurants of southern California, where he had moved to attend film school, he had never heard of it before in his native Hiroshima.read full article >
British-born Harry Gregson-Williams is one of the most well-known film composers of our time. His music can be heard in a diverse range of movies, from the Shrek series to Prometheus to Cowboys and Aliens. Most recently, his compositions can be found in the film Mr. Pip.read full article >
French-born documentary filmmaker Jean-Michel Dissard trades places with us and sits in front of the camera for this interview about his latest film, I Learn America. It follows five immigrant teenagers over a year at the International High School at Lafayette in Brooklyn, New York, one of the few schools in the nation devoted exclusively to newly arrived students.read full article >
Escape from Tomorrow took members of the film industry by surprise when it premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival — not least of which were the filmmakers themselves. Produced and edited by South Korean–born Soojin Chung, the filmis a psychological thriller that depicts a man’s descent into paranoia and delusions during a family vacation at the happiest place on earth.read full article >
Aloha from sunny Honolulu! The Vilcek Foundation, in partnership with the Hawaii International Film Festival, is pleased to present the delegates of the 2013 New American Filmmakers. Now in its seventh year, NAF is a showcase of independent immigrant filmmakers – directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, actors, and more – whose work expands and enriches American cinema in all genres.read full article >
For Brian Doan, the idea of home is abstract: “Home is a place [where] you’re born, but home is [also] where you feel you belong to.” In his new exhibition hôme hôme hôme, Brian draws inspiration from his past growing up in Vietnam as he continues the journey to find home.read full article >
For Christoph Silber, falling in love was as easy as boy meets girl. On his first visit to New York City, the German-born filmmaker struck up a conversation with a stranger on the subway. One week later, they decided to spend the rest of their lives together.read full article >
As the national debate on immigration reform continues, Dr. Jan Vilcek, President of the Vilcek Foundation, will be giving a presentation this Thursday on one of our favorite topics – the integral role immigrants have played in the American sciences.read full article >
A total of 299 applicants answered our annual open call for the Creative Promise Prizes in Biomedical Science and Design. As our largest pool of applications to date, hopeful recipients of the prize represent a wide spectrum of fields spanning from product design to cancer research.read full article >
PIT STOP, a feature drama directed by Malaysian-born Yen Tan, will be making its New York premiere this Saturday as a selection of the 23rd annual NewFest, New York's premier LGBT film festival. Set in rural Texas, the film features two gay men who are approaching middle age and unsure of whether they will ever leave their small town, or find love within its confines.read full article >
Following the installation of hôme hôme hôme, a new exhibition opening September 14th, a production crew from True Film Productions visited the Vilcek Foundation gallery to film a revealing interview with Vietnamese-born artist Brian Doan.read full article >
As the co-founder of Cheer New York, a charitable LGBTS cheerleading squad, Felipe Hernandez fulfills a wide range of roles: non-profit director, business administrator, and event planner. “I used to be the Safety Coach and Artistic Director too,” he says, “but over the years, I had to learn how to delegate.”read full article >
While we usually try not to brag, sometimes it’s hard not to: Five of the 27 newly named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators are former winners or finalists of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science! A highly coveted honor, scientists appointed HHMI Investigators are provided generous, long-term flexible funding that allows them to pursue their studies without the constraints of more conventional grants.read full article >
Spring marks a very exciting time here at the Vilcek Foundation. In April, we celebrated with the recipients of the 2013 Vilcek Prizes at our annual gala. The Foundation’s anthology, American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans, was recently released in a paperback version and made available at Dalkey Press and Amazon. And in the next few days, applications for the 2014 Creative Promise Prizes in Biomedical Science and Design will open. As if this were not enough, we are extremely proud to announce that the Vilcek Foundation’s art collection has been published online for the first time ever at Vilcek.org!read full article >
Congratulations to the recipients of the 2014 Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Science and Design!
Calling all biomedical scientists and fashion professionals!
The 2015 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise are now open. Learn more about eligibility requirements and apply or recommend your friends and colleagues! Deadline: June 10, 2014.
Explore the impact of immigrant artists on American Modernism. Drawing on their diverse backgrounds, these artists often made their new home the subject of their work, creating celebrated images of the American landscape, from New York to New Mexico.
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