Claire Rosen and Samuel Edes Prize for Emerging Artists

The Edes Prize for Emerging Artists provides a one-year, $30,000 award to a graduating student or recent alumnus/a of the University of Chicago

The Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists provides a one-year, $30,000 award to a recent alumnus/a of the University of Chicago. This highly competitive award recognizes the creative potential of artists who began their careers at the University of Chicago; it is meant to provide an emerging artist with the means to substantially advance his or her practice. Additionally, two finalists who do not receive the full Edes Prize will be awarded $1,500 each.

Deadline Information

Deadline: Saturday, February 17, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

Alumni who graduated from the undergraduate College or any of the graduate programs of the University of Chicago within the past four years may apply for the Edes Prize. Their practice might include, but is not limited to, one or more of the following disciplines: cinema and media; creative writing; curation; music; theater and performance; and/or visual arts. Recipients may not be employed full-time or enrolled in full-time graduate or postgraduate study during the award year. If you are currently enrolled or employed full-time, you must take a leave for a year.

Application Process

Successful proposals will be ambitious, imaginative, and pragmatic. The jury will assess applications based on the following criteria:

  • The strength of the applicant’s prior creative practice;
  • The applicant’s potential to successfully accomplish the activities outlined in his/her proposed project;
  • The proposed project’s level of ambition and its transformative potential for the applicant and his or her work;
  • The clarity of the proposed project’s goals and plan; and
  • The intellectual and creative caliber of the proposed project.

Information about the application process can be found at the opportunity's website.

For more information on this opportunity, please contact: 
Meggan J. Lee