Robin Nilson, of Guilford, works on a good luck drawing with his children, Bay, 7, and Olive, 5, during the Asian Cultural Center of Vermont’s annual Lunar New Year Festival at the Brattleboro Museum and Arts Center in Brattleboro on Jan. 22.

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BRATTLEBORO — Four of Vermont's leading contemporary art institutions are teaming up once again to award The Vermont Prize, an endeavor that celebrates and supports visual art being made in Vermont today. Inaugurated in 2022, The Vermont Prize is a collaborative initiative of the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Burlington City Arts, the Hall Art Foundation, and The Current (formerly the Helen Day Art Center).

"Although Vermont is a small state, there is an astonishing variety of exceptional visual art being created here," Brattleboro Museum & Art Center Director Danny Lichtenfeld said. "The goal of this collaboration is to enhance public awareness and appreciation of that particular thread in Vermont's rich cultural fabric."

The Vermont Prize is awarded to one artist annually. Last year, visual artist, graffiti scholar, and educator Will Kasso Condry received the inaugural prize. In his Afrofuturist art, Condry "weave[s] the rich and layered stories of the African diaspora," as he wrote in an artist statement, in an exploration of the Black imagination and of Black joy.

The winner of The Vermont Prize receives $5,000, and the winner's work is showcased and archived at vermontprize.org as well as on social media. The Vermont Prize is open to individuals as well as collaborating artists currently living and working in Vermont. Artists working in any visual medium are welcome to apply. There is no application fee. The application deadline is March 31, 2023.

Visit vermontprize.org for more information or to apply.


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