South Arts is now accepting entries for the first Southern Prize and State Fellowships, offering nine individual artists cash awards up to $30,000. The contest is open to North Carolina artists, as well as those in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
One fellowship will be awarded to an individual artist in each state with a cash prize of $5,000. The state fellows will then be in competition for the Southern Prize grand prize and second prize of an additional $25,000 and $10,000 respectively.
“Our region is home to deep artistic talent deserving additional recognition and support,” said Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts. “We are launching the Southern Prize to celebrate the diverse range of expression in our region, from the traditional arts handed down across generations to the new creative processes coming from our technology centers.”
Artists may apply for the Southern Prize until March 1 through southarts.org/southernprize. Artists specializing in crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media styles are eligible.
“The Southern Prize will impact the careers of artists in our region,” continued Surkamer. “These fellowships and awards will be part of the support system allowing artists in the South to make a living in our region.
A panel of expert judges will adjudicate submissions, and the state fellowships will be awarded in mid-April. The grand prize and second prize will be announced at an awards dinner on April 24.
The Southern Prize is supported by South Arts’ member state arts agencies, MailChimp, and individuals, and powered by The Hambidge Center. South Arts also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
An exhibition of works by the State Fellowship winners may be organized during the award period. For more information, read the guidelines.