The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina understands that supporting contemporary art is just as important as preserving historic art. Since 2008, the museum has awarded the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art, a $10,000 prize given to the artist they feel best contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Formerly known as the Factor Prize, the award is now managed by the museum’s auxiliary group of young professionals, Society 1858, named for the year the Carolina Art Association was established. Artists in all mediums from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply.
The most recent winner is John Westmark, an Alabama-born painter whose large-scale works create mythical narratives by incorporating store-bought paper sewing patterns collaged directly on canvas. This spring, his work will be shown at the Gibbes exhibition John Westmark: Narratives. Other winners and finalists include North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty, Georgia painter Bo Bartlett, Virginia photographer Sally Mann, and North Carolina filmmaker Ross McElwee.
The deadline for applications is May 28, 2014. For more information on past winners and how to submit, visit the 1858 Prize website.