Gibbes Museum accepting entries for 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C., is accepting applications for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Sponsored by the museum’s young patrons auxiliary group Society 1858, the prize is awarded annually to acknowledge an artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. The award includes a $10,000 cash prize.

Sonya Clark, Rooted and UprootedUnlike any other award of its type, the 1858 Prize is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that can be used by curators, collectors, academicians, and the public. Past winners include photographers Jeff Whetstone and Stephen Marc, mixed-media artist Radcliffe Bailey, sculptor Patrick Dougherty, and mixed-media artist Sonya Clark.

Entries for the annual award can be made exclusively online at through May 29, 2015. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply.

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Image: Sonya Clark, Rooted and Uprooted, 2011. Primed canvas and braided thread, 10 x 26 x 10 inches and 10 x 35 x 10 inches, courtesy of the artist.

Via: Gibbes Museum of Art