CALL FOR FLORIDA ARTISTS FOR PATHWAYS: THE CARLOS MALAMUD PRIZE
UCF Art Gallery, Courtesy of UCF Art Gallery
By Lindsay DeSantis
The Rollins Museum of Art at Rollins College in Winter Park, and the University of Central Florida Art Gallery in Orlando are excited to release a “Call For Artists” across the entire state of Florida, for their recently announced Pathways: The Carlos Malamud Prize, a biennial, juried art competition for emerging professional artists living in Florida.
The institutions, alongside Carlos Malamud, Miami-based art patron, philanthropist and longtime collector, hope to establish longevity in the support of emerging talent in Florida’s many creative communities, and encourage, and/or launch, full-time artistic careers. His first project of this kind, Malamoud looks forward to an element of discovery and transformation in Florida’s art landscape, “I am very pleased to have partnered with these excellent institutions, that will help transform the emerging artists of Florida, in both the arts and financial fields.”
A selection of 8-10 finalists will be chosen by February 1, that will show together as part of a group exhibition in Summer 2022 at the Rollins Museum of Art (RMA). From this group, the same jury will select one winner, who will receive a $10,000 cash prize, a solo exhibition at RMA in Summer 2023. The winning artist will also have access to a local financial advisor to discuss a sustainable artistic career and participate as a juror for the following edition of the exhibition.
Shannon Lindsey, UCF Art Gallery Director, links her career as a practicing artist to a similar concept, “I personally benefitted from winning a state-level prize competition for emerging artists in 2014. The opportunity to solo exhibit, gain professional skills and support, and develop my professional network was vital to my career and artwork. I am thrilled to partner in this endeavor.”
All artists from start-to-finish will be included in community engagement and networking through a series of thoughtful events bridging artists directly to curators, museum and gallery professionals, faculty and other art world leaders to expand their connections in the art community. From the institutional side, the prize’s vision is also about a nurturing, and a lifelong support of Florida artists, “We hope to mentor, create networks for, and offer practical help to Florida artists just embarking on their careers” said Ena Heller, Bruce A. Beal Director, Rollins Museum of Art.
All parties look forward to the project and the unveiling of new, vibrant talent in Florida’s spirited communities.
Deadline for emerging artists to apply is December 31, 2021. Get all the details and requirements: https://universityofcentralflorida.submittable.com/submit/cda5a7b6-9c23-43a4-955e-d922ff3facad/pathways-carlos-malamud-prize-2022.
Lindsay DeSantis is a guest blogger for Artburst. For more information contact Hind Berji at the Rollins Museum: HBERJI@rollins.edu