ABOUT THE AWARD
As part of its mission to celebrate the achievements of America’s craft artists and foster scholarship, education, and public appreciation of craft art, the JRA has established the Chrysalis Award. This award will recognize, celebrate and encourage America’s most promising craft artists at an early stage in their careers.
WHO IS AN EMERGING ARTIST?
An emerging artist is defined as someone who has mastered the basic techniques of their art form through a four-year academic program or equivalent apprenticeship and is in the early years of launching a professional career.
The awardee will receive:
- A $5,000 unrestricted cash prize
- Complimentary membership in the JRA for one year
- An invitation to participate in JRA’s Spring Craft Weekend and give a brief presentation
- Semi-finalists will be recognized with an Honorable Mention and a complimentary one-year JRA membership.
The awardee will be judged according to the following criteria:
- Artistic merit
- Artistic potential
- Clarity and achievability of the artistic goals
- Potential for the award to advance the applicant’s artistic development
Each year a different discipline will be chosen. The 2016 award will be presented to a fiber artist with subsequent years to focus on clay, glass, wood, and metal (in no particular order).
- Work in one of the five craft media--fiber, metal, wood, clay, or glass.
- Completed a four-year academic program or equivalent apprenticeship within five years of the year preceding the announcement of the award
- Your work has not been represented by a commercial gallery at a major art or design fair
- Reside in North America
HOW TO APPLY
The award for 2016 will be given to an emerging fiber artist. Applications and all supporting material must be received in the office by December 1, 2015 to be considered. If you have any questions about the award or whether you would qualify as an emerging artist, please email your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume to the JRA office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank our many supporters, especially Darcy Walker, who so graciously funded our initial grant award.