Gibbes Museum of Art accepting artist applications for 1858 Prize

Gibbes Museum of Art accepting artist applications for 1858 Prize


Application deadline: May 31

The Gibbes Museum of Art 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 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.

Entries for the annual award and $10,000 cash prize can be made exclusively online at through May 31, 2016. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply.

The 1858 Prize is designed to create an online archive of information about Southern artists that is available to curators, collectors, academicians, and the public. Past winners include photographers Deborah Luster and Stephen Marc and mixed-media artist Sonya Clark, all of whom will be featured in the upcoming Gibbes exhibition The Things We Carry: Contemporary Art in the South. 2011 winner Patrick Dougherty will debut a site-specific installation at the Gibbes in March 2017.

For more information on the Prize, please visit