The Foundwork Artist Prize is sponsored by Foundwork, a new artist platform for the contemporary art community. Artists are invited to create a profile on Foundwork to be considered for the first annual Foundwork Artist Prize, an unrestricted $10,000 juried grant awarded in October, 2019 to an outstanding artist chosen on the platform. The winner will also receive a studio visit with each of the jurors to cultivate a dialogue around their practice.
Foundwork is a focused venue for artists to introduce their work to a professional art audience, where curators, gallerists, and other collaborators can research and engage with practicing artists wherever they’re based. The platform was established by a former Brooklyn gallerist after experiencing the limitations that artists and exhibitors face trying to find and connect with one another. Foundwork currently features artists in more than thirty countries, including self-taught artists together with those from academic studio backgrounds.
The Foundwork Artist Prize reflects Foundwork’s purpose to facilitate opportunities for artists regardless of their prior network or recognition. Accordingly, the selection process for the prize will exclude exhibition history and focus only on artwork and artist statements published on Foundwork. To be considered for the Foundwork Artist Prize, an artist must be a US resident and have a profile with at least 5 artworks published on Foundwork throughout the selection period: 5:00 PM ET September 1–5:00 PM ET September 30, 2019.
The jury for the inaugural Foundwork Artist Prize will be composed of Foundwork’s Advisory Board, all leading art professionals serving in a number of critical roles across the field:
DeWitt Godfrey, Artist, Professor, Colgate University, Past President, College Art Association
Becca Hoffman, Director, Outsider Art Fair, Former Director, Andrew Edlin Gallery
Tod Lippy, Founding Editor, ESOPUS, President, Esopus Foundation Ltd.
Manuela Paz, Co-Founder and Director, EMBAJADA, Director of Development & Strategic Planning, Independent Curators International (ICI); Former Membership Director, New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA)
Helen Toomer, Co-founder and Artistic Director, STONELEAF RETREAT, Fair Director, IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair, Adjunct Professor, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Former Director, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair