The World’s Top Art Prizes

There are far too many art prizes to list in a single blog post, so to keep it brief, here are a few of the art world’s biggest and most prestigious awards.

 

ABOVE: Poster for Artprize 2012 (the year I participated).

Artprize

ABOUT: An international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. There are no restrictions on nationality or age. Artists apply to show at various venues around the city and are judged by the public and arts professionals.

WHEN: Held annually from September to October. The winner is announced in early October.

PRIZE AMOUNT: $200,000 publics’ choice. $200,000 critics’ choice.

Hugo Boss Prize

ABOUT: Awarded for outstanding achievements in contemporary art. There are no restrictions on nationality or age. Shortlisted artists and winner are chosen by jury.

WHEN: Held annually. A shortlist of 6 or 7 artists is announced in late October. The winner is announced a few months later.

PRIZE: $100,000 and a solo exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.

Sobey Art Award

ABOUT: A prize presented to a Canadian visual artist under the age of 40 whose work has been exhibited in a public or commercial gallery within the last 18 months. Shortlisted artists are chosen by nomination and the winner is chosen by jury.

WHEN: Held annually. A shortlist is announced in June and a show of the nominees’ is held from September to January at the National Gallery of Canada (formerly held at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia). The winner is announced at the end of October.

PRIZE AMOUNT: $50,000

The Duchamp Prize

ABOUT: A prize presented to a French visual artist whom the jury believes is worthy of foreign recognition. Shortlisted artists are chosen by nomination and the winner is chosen by jury.

WHEN: Held annually. A shortlist of 4 artists is announced in February. The winner is announced in October.

PRIZE: The winning artist receives €35,000 personally and up to €30,000 in order to produce an exhibition of their work at the Centre Georges Pompidou.

The Future Generation Art Prize

ABOUT: An international prize awarded to an artist under the age of 35. Artists apply online and a selection committee chooses the shortlist. The winner is chosen by jury.

WHEN: Held bi-annually. Artists apply from January to April. A shortlist of 20 artists is announced in June and a show of the nominees’ is held from October to April at the PinchukArtCenre. The winner is announced in December.

PRIZE: $100,000

Turner Prize

ABOUT: A prize presented to a British visual artist under the age of 50. It is the U.K.’s most publicized art award. Shortlisted artists are chosen by nomination and the winner is chosen by jury.

WHEN: Held annually. A shortlist of 4 artists is announced in July and a show of the nominees’ is held at Tate Britain in late October. The winner is announced in early December.

PRIZE AMOUNT: £40,000

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