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Apply for the Museum of Arts and Design’s $50,000 Burke Prize

The Burke Prize recipient will receive an unrestricted $50,000 award and an exhibition alongside a select group of prize finalists.

(photo by Gustav Liliequist, courtesy Museum of Arts and Design)

A new annual award that reinforces MAD’s commitment to celebrating the next generation of artists working in and advancing the disciplines that shaped the American studio craft movement, the Burke Prize is an unrestricted $50,000 award made to a professional artist under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metals, or wood.

Named for Marian and Russell Burke, two passionate collectors of craft and longtime supporters of MAD, the Burke Prize will be determined by an annual jury of professionals in the fields of art, craft, and design following an open application process.

Eligible applicants are professional artists under the age of forty-five working in glass, fiber, clay, metals, or wood. Applicants must be American citizens or permanent residents, living or working within the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the US Virgin Islands.

The applications will be reviewed by a jury led by Shannon R. Stratton, William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at MAD. This fall, the Museum will present an exhibition of work by a selected group of finalists of the Burke Prize, prior to the announcement of the first winner at MAD Ball.

2018 Jurors

Michael Radyk, Director of Education, American Craft Council; Editor-in-Chief, American Craft Inquiry; Artist

Jenni Sorkin, Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara; Art Historian & Critic

Namita Gupta Wiggers, Director, Master of Arts in Critical and Historical Craft Studies, Warren Wilson College; Director and Co-Founder, Critical Craft Forum

Applications due on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Learn more and apply.