2ND ANNUAL FUTURE ART AWARDS

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#ReimaginingDemocracy

Future Art Awards 2021: Re-Imagining Democracy

An arts-based exploration of the changing meanings, practices, paradoxes, and futures associated with Democracy.

The word “democracy” finds its roots in the synergy of two Greek words: demos and kratos (people rule).

 

“Democracy… is a great word, whose history, I suppose, remains unwritten, because that history has yet to be enacted.” 

– Walt Whitman, Democratic Vistas (1871) 

 

What would a history of democracy illustrated by artists look like? The 2021 Future Art Awards theme offers an opportunity to Re-Imagine Democracy by centering the role of the artist in society. Art can be a catalyst for cross-cultural dialogue. Art can challenge and disrupt, engage and inform. Art can foster a space for creativity and innovation so critical to extending the limits of democratic possibility. Democratic vigilance, wrote Cornell West, has been a characteristic feature of the creative expression of US artists.

From the point of view of U.S. artists living and working in the here and now, what does democracy mean to you? How can we as individuals, as a community, and as a society re-imagine democracy for the future?

Future Art Awards 2021: Re-Imagining Democracy

An arts-based exploration of the changing meanings, practices, paradoxes, and futures associated with Democracy.

The word “democracy” finds its roots in the synergy of two Greek words: demos and kratos (people rule).

 

“Democracy… is a great word, whose history, I suppose, remains unwritten, because that history has yet to be enacted.” 

– Walt Whitman, Democratic Vistas (1871) 

 

What would a history of democracy illustrated by artists look like? The 2021 Future Art Awards theme offers an opportunity to Re-Imagine Democracy by centering the role of the artist in society. Art can be a catalyst for cross-cultural dialogue. Art can challenge and disrupt, engage and inform. Art can foster a space for creativity and innovation so critical to extending the limits of democratic possibility. Democratic vigilance, wrote Cornell West, has been a characteristic feature of the creative expression of US artists.

From the point of view of U.S. artists living and working in the here and now, what does democracy mean to you? How can we as individuals, as a community, and as a society re-imagine democracy for the future?

2ND ANNUAL FUTURE ART AWARDS

#FutureArtAwards

#ReimaginingDemocracy

OPEN CALL FOR ART

Awards Open: April 2, 2021

Awards Close: May 30, 2021

All U.S. artists welcome.

All art mediums welcome.

Future Art Awards 2021: Re-Imagining Democracy

About The Awards

To democratize our philanthropy and support a diverse range of artists across the country, 10 winning artists will each receive $2,000 award honorariums. 40 special mention artists will each receive $1,000 award honorariums. Collectively, the 50 winning artists will showcase their work in the 2nd Annual Future Art Awards virtual exhibition, opening free to the public in June 2021. 

FUTURE ART AWARDS JURY

All art submissions will be reviewed by an independent jury of artists, including several featured and special mention artists of the 2020 Future Art Awards, consisting of: 

  • Arabia Parkey, Des Moines, IA 
  • Amy Smith, Los Angeles, CA
  • Cheryl Haines, San Francisco, CA
  • Chuck Styles, Philadelphia, PA
  • D’nae Harrison, Philadelphia, PA
  • Francesca Bifulco, Los Angeles, CA
  • Joel Garcia, Los Angeles, CA
  • John “Jahni” Moore, Huntsville, AL
  • Miles Jaffe, Bridgehampton, NY
  • Mobina Nouri, San Francisco, CA
Submission Guidelines

Future Art Awards 2021: Re-Imagining Democracy

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:

These prizes will be awarded according to the following assessment criteria:

  • Originality*
  • Creativity and innovative thinking
  • Overall artistic impression
  • Adherence/Appropriateness to theme
  • Well written and insightful commentary

BIPOC and other historically marginalized or underrepresented artists are encouraged to submit their art. All professional, amateur, and student artists are eligible. All artistic mediums are welcome.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Artists can submit one piece of artwork during the open call. Please include a written statement, or video statement, about the artwork as it relates to the theme that is 500 words or less. 

All applications should be submitted below by May 30th, 2021. Please submit your art file as high resolution .jpeg/.jpg or .png, .mov or .mp4, and the statement in a separate .Word file. Winners will be announced by early June 2021.

All winning artworks will be featured in the Future Art Awards virtual exhibition.

*We do not take responsibility for copyright violations.

AWARDS HASHTAGS:

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Future Art Awards 2021: Re-Imagining Democracy

Submission Form:

Drop your file here or click here to upload
*25 MB upload limit. Preferred file format: .pdf. File formats accepted: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .mp4, .mov, .jpg, .jpeg