2025 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Visual Arts and Curatorial Work

  • Commissioning Entity

    Vilcek Foundation

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  • Location of Commission

    New York, New York, United States

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    [email protected]

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  • Brief Description

    The Vilcek Foundation will award three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise of $50,000 each to young, immigrant visual artists and three Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise of $50,000 each to young, immigrant curators who demonstrate outstanding early achievement in their field. Applications are open through June 10, 2024.

    Who Should Apply
    • You were born outside the United States to non-American parents
    • You are not more than 38 years old
    • You have 5 years of professional experience in visual arts or curatorial work and possess a strong track record of creative and high-caliber work
    Why Should You Apply
    • Unrestricted cash prize of $50,000 is awarded to each prizewinner
    • Reflect on how your experience as an immigrant has shaped your success
    • Receive an invaluable endorsement from leaders in your field
    • Receive a comprehensive public relations campaign to promote you and your work
    Eligible Categories

    Visual Arts
    Applicants in the visual art category will be considered across the following areas of practice, please select all subcategories below that apply to your practice in general: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, ceramic, textile, installation, film/video, digital art, performance that manifests in time-based visual presentation, etc.

    Curatorial Work
    Applicants in the curatorial work categories will be considered for having organized and developed single artist or group exhibitions at any scale or extending over any or time period in the following professional capacities: private or public institutions, foundations, independent curatorial practice, biennials or art fairs, galleries, etc.

    Eligibility Requirements

    Applicants must:

    • Have been born outside the United States of America to non-American parents.
    • Not be more than 38 years old as of December 31, 2024 (born on or after January 1, 1986). ​​Exceptions will be made for applicants who were born between January 1, 1984, and December 31, 1985 who experienced career interruptions due to caregiving, medical, military or parental leave.
    • Have lived in the United States for at least 4 years (or immigrated to the United States on or before December 31, 2020).
    • Be one of the following: a naturalized citizen or a permanent resident of the United States; an H-1B or O-1 visa holder with a valid visa stamp; a H-4 visa holder with a valid EAD card; a recipient of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) relief; an asylee or an asylum seeker who has applied for asylum and has a valid EAD card. Please note that other types of visas including TN, F-1, J-1 visa holders are not eligible for the prize.
    • Have at least 5 years of professional experience in visual arts or curatorial work.
    • Have completed at least 3 implemented, professional solo or collective visual arts or curatorial projects.
    • Not be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program (Exceptions may apply for some doctoral students who will complete their program this year).
    • Intend to pursue a career in the United States.
    • Not be a past recipient of the Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in any category.

    Please see the commission document for full opportunity information and application instructions.