The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Fine Arts

Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise

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The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Fine Arts

The Vilcek Foundation will award three prizes of $50,000 each to young artists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement.

Artists practicing in a variety of media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and other visual arts processes are eligible.


Eligibility Requirements

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To be eligible for the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Fine Arts, applicants must meet all of the criteria listed below:

1. Applicant must have been born outside the United States.

2. Applicant must not be more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2016 (born on or after January 1, 1978).

3. Applicant must:

• be a naturalized citizen of the United States;
• or be a permanent resident (green card holder) of the United States;
• or be a holder of an H1B or O-1 visa and have been living and working in the United States for at least 5 years;
• or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

4. Applicant must intend to pursue a professional career in the United States.

5. Applicant must not be enrolled in a school.

6. Applicant must not be a past winner or finalist of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise.

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Selection Process

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A panel of distinguished members of the fine arts community will evaluate each application based on its quality, level of creativity, clarity of vision, and impact. The submitted work samples would have to show curiosity, originality, technical excellence, and potential for longevity within the field. The individuals chosen will have demonstrated commitment to their chosen field.

The prizewinners selected by the jury will be the candidates whose work best exemplifies the characteristics outlined above. Recommendations of the jury will be submitted to the Vilcek Foundation’s Board of Directors for final approval.

The winners of the Creative Promise Prize in Fine Arts will be notified by November 2016 and will be invited to attend the Vilcek Foundation’s annual awards ceremony in New York City, in the spring of 2017. Travel expenses and accommodations will be covered by the foundation.

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Online Application

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An online application must be submitted by 5:00pm EDT, June 10, 2016.

Please be advised that you will be required to:

1. Provide personal information

2. Upload a PDF of your résumé

3. Upload a PDF with documentation of your immigration status

4. Provide a direct URL to work samples

5. Complete four essay questions


Please click HERE to access the online application.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can more than one person from an institution submit an application?

Yes, we will consider each application in its own right.

 

Do applicants have to be nominated by their place of employment?

No, applicants are welcome to create and fill out an application on their own. They do not need to be sponsored.

 

I am currently here on an O-1/student/other visa; am I eligible?

You are eligible if you currently hold a valid O-1 or H1B visa and have been residing in the United States for at least five years. Any other visa status is not eligible.

 

I am currently in the process of applying for a green card; am I eligible?

If you are in the process of finalizing the application for a green card and expect to have the proper documentation by August 2016, please contact Shinnie Kim, Program Officer, at creativepromise@vilcek.org before submitting your application.

 

I am currently applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status; am I eligible?

You are eligible if you have an I-797 approval notice showing approval of the I-821D DACA application. If you are in the process of applying for DACA and expect to have the proper documentation by August 2016, please contact Shinnie Kim, Program Officer, at creativepromise@vilcek.org before submitting your application.

 

I am over the age limit but not by much; can you make an exception?

Regretfully, we are not able to consider candidates who fall outside of our age limit.

 

I was born in Puerto Rico, Guam, or another U.S. territory; am I eligible?

Regretfully, we do not accept applications from individuals born in U.S. territories.

 

I was born outside of America, but to American citizens; am I eligible?

Regretfully, we do not accept applications from citizens who were born overseas but are American by birth.

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If you have any other questions regarding the awards or the application process, please contact Shinnie Kim, Program Officer, at 212-472-2500 or creativepromise@vilcek.org.

  • 2017 Creative Promise Prizes

    Questions? Interested in applying?

    Contact Shinnie Kim at 212-472-2500 or creativepromise@vilcek.org for more information.