Gibbes Museum opens 1858 Prize cycle

$10,000 for contemporary southern art

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 30, 2022

The Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to announce the 2022 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art.

Each year, Society 1858, the museum’s young professionals auxiliary group, awards a $10,000 cash prize to one artist whose work demonstrates the highest level of artistic achievement in any media, while contributing to a new understanding of art in the South. Past winners include Stephanie J. Woods (2021), Stephen L. Hayes (2020), Donté K. Hayes (2019), Leo Twiggs (2018), Bo Bartlett (2017), Alicia Henry (2016), Deborah Luster (2015), Sonya Clark (2014), John Westmark (2012), Patrick Dougherty (2011) and Radcliffe Bailey (2010). Submissions for 2022 will be accepted online at from Aug. 1–Sept. 30, 2022.

“Society 1858 strives to celebrate diverse Southern artists through the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art,” says Emily Broome, president of Society 1858. “We are thrilled to announce the call for submissions for this esteemed prize. Past winners have gone on to receive many accolades and often return to the Gibbes as visiting artists.”

Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia are eligible to apply. All submissions are thoughtfully reviewed by a panel of visual arts professionals, Society 1858 representatives and Gibbes Museum of Art staff members. The winner will be awarded $10,000 and a feature at the Amy P. Coy Forum on Feb. 10, 2023. Two honorable mentions will be awarded $500 each.

Artists must submit:

  • Completed registration form
  • Brief artist statement (150 words or less)
  • Resume or CV
  • Portfolio of work (up to 10 images) including title, date, medium, and dimensions for each work
  • $25 non-refundable entry fee
  • Submit at
  • For general questions about the 1858 Prize, please contact the Gibbes Museum of Art at
  • For technical support, while submitting your application, please contact SlideRoom at

Winner and honorable mentions will be announced in November 2022 on the 1858 Prize website and via press release.

About Society 1858

The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art is presented by Society 1858, a member auxiliary group of the Gibbes Museum of Art. This group of dynamic young professionals supports the Gibbes Museum with social and educational programs tailored for up-and-coming art patrons. To learn more about membership in Society 1858, please visit

About the Gibbes Museum of Art

Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy and to be inspired by the creative process. For more information, visit