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03.04.14

Now accepting applications for the 2015 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

The Vilcek Foundation is seeking applications for the 2015 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. Three foreign-born biomedical scientists will be selected to receive the prizes, each including a cash award of $50,000.

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03.04.14

Three $50,000 Prizes for Young, Foreign-Born Fashion Professionals

The Vilcek Foundation has chosen the field of fashion as the award category for the 2015 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts and is now accepting applications through June 10, 2014. Three winners will each be awarded a $50,000 unrestricted cash prize.

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01.27.14

Vilcek Foundation Announces Winners of 2014 Vilcek Prizes for Design

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Vilcek Prize and Creative Promise Prizes, recognizing immigrant contributions to the American arts and sciences. The Vilcek Prize and Creative Promise Prizes in the Arts will honor the field of design in 2014. Neri Oxman will be awarded the $100,000 Vilcek Prize for Design. The Creative Promise Prizes, which include awards of $35,000 each, will be presented to Yassaman Hashemian, Mansour Ourasanah, and Quilian Riano.

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01.27.14

Vilcek Foundation Announces Winners of the 2014 Prizes in Biomedical Science and Design

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Vilcek Prizes and Creative Promise Prizes, recognizing immigrant contributions to the American arts and sciences. The Vilcek Prize for the Arts, focusing on the field of design, is awarded to Neri Oxman. The Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science goes to Thomas Jessell. Each prize includes a $100,000 cash award.

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01.27.14

Vilcek Foundation Honors Renowned Neuroscientist and Young Researchers with Creative Promise

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to name Thomas M. Jessell as the winner of the 2014 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science. Awarded annually, the Vilcek Prizes honor the contributions of immigrants to the American arts and sciences, and include $100,000 cash awards. Dr. Jessell, the Claire Tow professor in the departments of Neuroscience and Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics at Columbia University, was selected for his pioneering work in discovering the principles of the molecular mechanisms that direct neuronal diversity and circuit assembly in the vertebrate central nervous system.

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01.06.14

Trio of artists named for the third annual dARTboard exhibition

In an unprecedented move, the Vilcek Foundation announced today a three-way tie for first place in its annual dARTboard Call for Entries in Digital Art, open to foreign-born artists working in the realm of new media art. The foundation will triple the prize money to $15,000, to be divided equally between the three artists, and the exhibition will feature the innovative works of Canadian-born Nicholas Hanna, South Korean–born Ha Na Lee, and Salvadoran-born Fernando Orellana in the dARTboard digital art space on Vilcek.org beginning today.

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12.02.13

Guild Hall Museum Director Joins Vilcek Foundation Board

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce Christina Mossaides Strassfield as the newest member of the Vilcek Foundation board of directors. Ms. Strassfield, currently the museum director/chief curator of the Guild Hall Museum in East Hampton, NY, has over twenty years of experience in curatorial work, program building, and museum administration.

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11.15.13

Vilcek Foundation Executive Director Honored by Museum of Arts and Design

On Wednesday, November 20, the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) will honor Rick Kinsel, Executive Director of the Vilcek Foundation, at the annual Visionaries! Awards for his ongoing work with the Vilcek Foundation.

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09.27.13

Selections for 2013 New American Filmmakers Announced

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce this year’s line-up for the New American Filmmakers (NAF) program. Curated and presented in collaboration with the Hawaii International Film Festival in Honolulu, NAF features a selection of films made by foreign-born filmmakers – directors, producers, editors, actors and more – that demonstrate the vitality and creativity immigrants add to American cinema.

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07.01.13

Call for Entries in Digital Art Now Open

Today, the Vilcek Foundation launches the third annual dARTboard Call for Entries in Digital Art, open to foreign-born new media artists living permanently in the United States. The Foundation is now accepting submissions of digital and computer-based works for the dARTboard online art space on Vilcek.org, launched in 2012 to celebrate the accomplishments of immigrant artists pioneering the field of new media art.

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06.24.13

Brian Doan: hôme hôme hôme

An exhibition of new works by Vietnamese-born photographer and mixed-media artist Brian Doan will open this fall at the Vilcek Foundation Gallery. Entitled hôme hôme hôme, the artist’s first solo exhibition in New York City will explore his lifelong struggle with national and individual identity and reflect upon his experiences both as a child in war-scarred Vietnam and later as a young Vietnamese immigrant to the United States.

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05.13.13

DESIGN chosen as new category of 2014 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts

The Vilcek Foundation has chosen the field of design as the award category for the 2014 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts, and is now accepting applications through August 14, 2013. Three prizes, each including a $35,000 cash award, will be given to foreign-born designers aged 35 or under.

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05.13.13

Now accepting applications for the 2014 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

The Vilcek Foundation is seeking applications for the 2014 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. Three foreign-born biomedical scientists will be selected to receive the prizes, each including a cash award of $35,000.

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02.04.13

Classical Music Legend Claims Contemporary Music Prize

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce Yo-Yo Ma as the winner of the 2013 Vilcek Prize for Contemporary Music. While Mr. Ma is widely acknowledged as a master cellist in the field of classical music, the Vilcek Prize is the first to recognize and honor his contributions to contemporary music.

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02.04.13

Immigrant Recipients of 2013 Vilcek Prizes Announced

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the eighth annual Vilcek Prizes, recognizing immigrant contributions to the American arts and sciences. The Vilcek Prize for the Arts, this year focusing on the field of contemporary music, is awarded to Mr. Yo-Yo Ma. The Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science will be shared this year by two winners, Drs. Richard A. Flavell and Ruslan Medzhitov. The prizes include a cash award of $100,000 each.

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02.04.13

Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science Split Between Two Giants of Immunology

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to name Richard A. Flavell and Ruslan Medzhitov as the co-winners of the 2013 Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science. Drs. Flavell and Medzhitov, both professors at Yale University School of Medicine and investigators with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, were selected for their research that elucidated the fundamental roles of the innate immune system.

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02.01.13

Dr. Jan Vilcek Awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama

At a White House ceremony today, President Obama conferred the National Medal of Technology and Innovation on Dr. Jan Vilcek, Professor of Microbiology at the NYU Langone Medical Center and President of the Vilcek Foundation. Twenty-two other distinguished scientists and innovators were also recognized for their extraordinary accomplishments in science and engineering.

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01.07.13

Vilcek.org Unveils Second Annual dARTboard Exhibition

Today, Vilcek.org launches the second annual exhibition on the dARTboard, a digital art space created by the Vilcek Foundation in 2012 to celebrate the accomplishments of foreign-born artists working in the realm of digital art. Swiss-born artist-engineer Marc Böhlen has been chosen as this year’s featured artist and will exhibit his unique digital artworks in this electronic art space.

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10.04.12

Hawaii International Film Festival Showcases the New American Filmmakers Program

The 32nd Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), presented by Halekulani will take place October 11-21 in Honolulu. The festival, in partnership with the Vilcek Foundation, will showcase six films--four features and two documentary shorts--as part of the New American Filmmakers (NAF) program.

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08.30.12

Vilcek Foundation awards grant to Ayazamana Cultural Center

The Vilcek Foundation announced today the award of a $10,000 grant to fund and expand the Children’s Dance Class Program at the Ayazamana Cultural Center in Queens, New York.

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08.30.12

Vilcek Foundation funds computer education programs for immigrants

The Vilcek Foundation today named the Language, Education, and Technology Center (Language ETC) as recipient of a $10,000 grant, earmarked for the purchase of updated software for its technology lab’s computers, and to expand its computer literacy education program.

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08.30.12

Vilcek Foundation supports United East Athletics Association

The Vilcek Foundation today demonstrated its support of the Fun Fun Saturday Program offered by the United East Athletics Association (UEAA) with the award of a $10,000 grant, designated to provide a safe and educational environment for immigrant children on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

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08.30.12

Vilcek Foundation teams with Little Kids Rock

The Vilcek Foundation today announced the award of a $10,000 grant to fund the production of music videos featuring immigrant students of Little Kids Rock music programs.

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07.09.12

Vilcek Foundation Opens New Call for Entries in Digital Art

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce its second annual Call for Entries in Digital Art. The Foundation is now accepting new media and computer-generated art entries from foreign-born artists to exhibit on the dARTboard, a digital art space launched in 2012 to celebrate and highlight the accomplishments of immigrant artists working in the realm of new media art.

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06.22.12

O Zhang: I Am Your Mirror

Premiering at the Vilcek Foundation Gallery this fall, Chinese-born artist O Zhang’s new solo exhibition, I Am Your Mirror, is not your typical photography installation. Using original photographs of blank billboards she took during her voyages across the American landscape, Ms. Zhang will present to visitors a new world of her own creation.

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05.16.12

2013 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science Expands in Fifth Year

In 2013, the Vilcek Foundation will award the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for the fifth time. It will be the first time, however, that three prizes will be presented; there will also be an increase in the cash award in 2013, to $35,000.

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05.16.12

2013 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise to be Awarded in Contemporary Music

For the first time, the Vilcek Foundation has chosen the field of contemporary music as the award category for its 2013 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in the Arts. Three immigrant artists will be selected to receive the prizes, which each come with a $35,000 cash award.

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05.07.12

The Hawaii International Film Festival and the Vilcek Foundation Launch The 2012 New American Filmmakers National Film Tour

The Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) and The Vilcek Foundation are teaming up to showcase films by many of the finest American immigrant filmmakers. The New American Filmmakers (NAF) National Film Tour begins on May 18 with a screening of director/co-writer Stefan Schafer’s charming romantic comedy-drama, My Last Day Without You, at the School of Visual Arts Theatre, 333 W. 23rd Street in New York City.

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04.18.12

Vilcek.org Debuts dARTboard, a Digital Art Space

With the opening today of the dARTboard, a digital art space, the Vilcek Foundation expands its support of foreign-born artists, giving those specializing in the realm of digital art greater opportunity to exhibit their works. Irina Danilova, a native of Ukraine, was chosen as the first to showcase her net-based projects in the new electronic gallery.

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02.28.12

Pit Stop: Gay Romance in a Small Town in Texas, a movie by acclaimed filmmaker Yen Tan

The Vilcek Foundation today announced $40,000 in grant to fund the production of Pit Stop, Malaysian-born and Austin-based filmmaker Yen Tan’s third feature film.

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02.13.12

Maestros of Movement Brought Together by 2012 Vilcek Prizes

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to name the 2012 winners of the Vilcek Prizes, honoring foreign-born scientists and artists in the United States. The Vilcek Prize for the Arts, this year awarded in Dance, is presented to Mikhail Baryshnikov, born in Latvia to Russian parents, for his body of distinguished work and his legacy of advancing the field of dance. The Vilcek Prize for Biomedical Science is awarded to Peruvian-born Dr. Carlos Bustamante, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, for his discoveries in the fields of molecular biology and biophysics; most notably, for inventing tools to study life-sustaining cellular processes at the level of single molecules.

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10.10.11

Hawaii International Film Festival Showcases American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile

The 31st Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF), presented by Halekulani, in partnership with The Vilcek Foundation, will present five films in the "American Immigrant Filmmakers On Profile" (AIFP) program. AIFP highlights the creative spirits that enliven and inspire the American cinema, an art form that owes much to the immigrant community in this country.

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07.11.11

An artist finds her footing on liminal terrain — Nicole Awai unveils mixed-media installation at the Vilcek Foundation Gallery

Premiering September 17th at the Vilcek Foundation Gallery, in New York City, is Almost Undone, a new installation by mixed-media artist Nicole Awai. Featuring drawings from an earlier series by the Trinidadian native, entitled Specimen from Local Ephemera, the drawings in this new exhibition will serve as visual anchors for emergent pieces that seem to suspend, exude⎯even escape⎯their wall-bound origins, symbolizing the transition of Ms. Awai’s work from one dimension into the next.

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05.16.11

2012 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise to be awarded in Biomedical Science

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be awarding the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for the fourth time in 2012.

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05.16.11

2012 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise to be awarded in Dance

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce that it has selected dance as the award category for its 2012 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in the Arts. For the first time, a dance artist will receive the $25,000 annual award.

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03.23.11

Mari Kimura: String Theater

On May 20, violinist Mari Kimura, whose playing the New York Times has called “chilling,” “gripping,” “charming,” “a virtuoso playing at the edge,” will take the stage at the Bohemian National Hall to showcase her talent as an interpreter of classical music, a performer/composer, and innovator in digital technology for musical expression.

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02.21.11

Vilcek Foundation Names 2011 Vilcek Prize Recipients

Rockefeller University biomedical researcher Titia de Lange and distinguished poet Charles Simic to receive $100,000 prizes for outstanding lifetime achievement Cancer researcher Yibin Kang and novelist Dinaw Mengestu awarded $25,000 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise

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01.10.11

Caring and Advocating for Torture Survivors

The Vilcek Foundation, in cooperation with the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture (PSOT), will host a lecture by Dr. Allen Keller, director and founder of the program, on the critical need to provide recovery services to survivors of torture. Presented on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at the Bohemian National Hall in New York City, Dr. Keller will discuss the comprehensive care PSOT offers to torture victims and their families so that they may regain their health and begin to rebuild their lives.

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10.05.10

Toshiko Nishikawa: Senbazuru

At Senbazuru, a new interactive installation by Toshiko Nishikawa, viewers are drawn to gaze at a world within a world. Debuting October 29, 2010, at the Vilcek Foundation Gallery in New York City, visitors to the exhibit will be met by 1,000 small mirrored orbs, enticingly and purposefully suspended within reach from the gallery ceiling, where they form a reflective web.

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09.03.10

Madina Vadache: Transparency

As Fall Fashion Week arrives in New York City, so too does a world-premiere collection of fashions envisioned, designed, and meticulously executed by Russian-born designer Madina Vadache.

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04.29.10

The Vilcek Foundation Showcases the International Artists and Filmmakers of ABC’s Hit Show

The Vilcek Foundation premieres a public exhibition celebrating the international creative talent, both in front of and behind the camera, that have contributed to the unbridled success of the critically-acclaimed show during its six-year run.

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03.29.10

World-Renowned Scientist and Philanthropist Honored with Slovakia's Goodwill Ambassador Award

NYU Langone Medical Center microbiologist, and President of the Vilcek Foundation, Dr. Jan T. Vilcek was a proud recipient of the inaugural Slovakia Goodwill Ambassador Award, the distinguished award of honor presented to Slovaks who have made significant contributions to society while living abroad.

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03.04.10

Vilcek Foundation Names Recipients of 2010 Annual Prizes Celebrating Immigrant Achievement in Biomedical Science and Arts

Alexander Varshavsky and José Andrés are the recipients of the 2010 Vilcek Prizes in Biomedical Research and the Arts and Humanities, this year awarded in culinary arts. Harmit Malik and Varin Keokitvon are the recipients of the 2010 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise.

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02.09.09

The Vilcek Foundation announces recipients of annual prizes in biomedical science and the arts

Mike Nichols and Dr. Huda Zoghbi to receive 2009 Vilcek Prizes. Inaugural Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise go to Ham Tran and Dr. Howard Chang.

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01.15.09

Ryo Toyonaga: Mephistophelean

“Mephistophelean,” an exhibit of 18 nightmarish works by the Japanese-born sculptor Ryo Toyonaga, is the latest cultural event to be presented by the Vilcek Foundation as part of its mission to focus public attention on the contributions of immigrants to the United States.

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11.03.08

The Vilcek Foundation Presents American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile

The Vilcek Foundation and the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) present the New York City premiere of American Immigrant Filmmakers on Profile (AIFP), a program that showcases the work of foreign-born directors and actors.

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10.21.08

Vilcek Foundation Debuts Hongsock Lee Sculpture

South Korean-born sculptor and jewelry designer Hongsock Lee has designed a three-part sculpture for permanent installation on the rooftop terrace at the Vilcek Foundation’s new headquarters, 167 East 73rd Street.

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05.28.08

The Foundation opens new headquarters and cultural center in landmark carriage house

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its new headquarters at 167 East 73rd Street. The building will also serve as a multipurpose space where the Foundation will hold various public, cultural programs free of charge.

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04.01.08

The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise

The Vilcek Foundation has announced the creation of two new annual prizes that will be awarded to young immigrants in the United States who have made outstanding contributions in the fields of biomedical research or the arts and humanities.

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02.04.08

Dr. Inder Verma and Osvaldo Golijov Named Recipients of The 2008 Vilcek Foundation Prizes

The Vilcek Foundation has announced the names of the recipients of its annual prizes in biomedical research and in the arts. Dr. Inder Verma is the prize recipient for biomedical science; the prize recipient for the arts is composer Osvaldo Golijov.

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01.19.07

Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch and Denise Scott Brown Named Recipients of The 2007 Vilcek Foundation Prizes

Today The Vilcek Foundation announced the winners of a major new awards program designed to honor foreign-born Americans who have made extraordinary contributions to society in the arts and biomedical research since immigrating to these shores.

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02.03.06

A Major New Awards Program Honors Joan Massague as Foreign-Born Innovator

The Vilcek Foundation is pleased to announce the opening of its new headquarters at 167 East 73rd Street. The building will also serve as a multipurpose space where the Foundation will hold various public, cultural programs free of charge.

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02.03.06

The Vilcek Prize, a Major New National Award, Goes to Christo and Jeanne-Claude

The Vilcek Foundation announced today the names of the recipients of its annual Prizes in biomedical research and in the arts and humanities.

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12.20.05

A Major New Awards Program Honors American Visionaries and Innovators

Today Jan T. Vilcek and Marica F. Vilcek, co-founders of The Vilcek Foundation, announced the creation of a major new annual awards program designed to honor foreign-born Americans who have made extraordinary contributions to society in the arts and biomedical research since immigrating to these shores.

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