Prestigious 1858 Prize open for 2024 applications

Be the next South Carolinian to win


Promo graphic showing past winner's installation artwork. Text reads "Society 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Open for entries March 1 through July 30, 2024."

The Gibbes Museum of Art has $10,000 up for grabs through next month via the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, awarded yearly to an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South.

The prestigious annual prize recognizes the highest level of artistic achievement in any media. The Gibbes encourages both emerging and nationally recognized artists of all backgrounds to apply and is committed to cultivating an award that is diverse and affirming.

Winners of the prize will receive a cash award, be invited to present at the annual Amy P. Coy Forum in Charleston, and have a work of art installed at the Gibbes Museum for one calendar year.

The extraordinary multi-disciplinary artist Sherrill Roland was the recipient of the 2023 prize, receiving a cash award of $10,000 and has work now on exhibit at the Gibbes Museum until 2025. Dr. Leo Twiggs, in 2018, is the lone South Carolina artist to win the award to date.

Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply.

Applications are accepted exclusively through Slideroom by following this link. For general questions about the 1858 prize, please contact Jordan Sprueill, associate curator of contemporary initiatives and visiting artists at

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, click here.