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Artists based in the United States who work across an array of media are invited to submit an art piece that expresses an aspirational vision of humanity for The Future Art Awards: Ecosystem X. This open call from MOZAIK Philanthropy asks applicants to consider, from their perspective as a 21st-century artist aiming to catalyze planetary change, what would a brighter future look like?

An independent jury of artists will conduct a blind review to award 10 US artists with a $5,000 cash prize and a showcase in a curated virtual exhibition, which will open free to the public in early 2022. Additionally, the newly created Future Student Art Award, which is part of Ecosystem X, will provide its inaugural student winner with an unrestricted $5,000 academic scholarship/stipend. All student submissions will also be considered in the blind review for the general Future Art Awards prizes. BIPOC and other historically marginalized or underrepresented artists are encouraged to submit their art. All professional, amateur, and student artists are eligible, and all artistic mediums are welcome.

Previous artists featured in the 2020 and 2021 Future Art Awards hosted by MOZAIK Philanthropy have been photographers, painters, sculptors, street artists, muralists, mixed-media artists, visual, multi and interdisciplinary artists, illustrators, animators, 3D artists, cartoonists, technologists, shorts filmmakers, poets, art writers, composers, weavers, dancers, and creative performers.

Ecosystem X Assessment Criteria

  • Originality
  • Creativity and innovative thinking
  • Overall artistic impression
  • Adherence to the theme
  • A well-written and insightful commentary

Application Process
Artists can submit one (1) piece of artwork during the open call. Please include a written statement of 500 words or less — or a video statement — about the work as it relates to the theme. Submit your art file as a high resolution .jpeg/.jpg or .png, .mov or .mp4.

The submission deadline is December 1, 2021.

To learn more and apply, visit mozaikphilanthropy.org.

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