Get up to $10,000 Grant for Contemporary Artists Worldwide in the Foundwork Artist Prize 2020

Submit any artwork in any media for the 2020 Foundwork Artist Prize open to artists worldwide and be considered for the award to receive grant funding to promote your creations. 

The overall honoree artist will receive grant funding while three other shortlisted artistes will be featured in the dialogues program.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2020.


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The benefits of participating in the Foundwork Artist Prize contest include:

  • Grant funding of up to USD 10,000 will be granted to the honoree. 
  • Studio visits with the jurors. 
  • An interview feature as part of the Foundwork Dialogues program for the honoree and three short-listed artists.
  • Opportunity to introduce your work to a wider contemporary art community of like-minded people. 


To be eligible for the 2020 Foundwork Artist Prize, the entrant must be an Artist that:

  • Is working in any media
  • Is at least eighteen years old
  • Is not a Foundwork employee, contractor, or relatives
  • Is able to use Foundwork and participate in the Prize in accordance with all relevant laws. 
  • From anywhere in the world except the countries listed below.


  • Due to geographic restrictions for regulatory reasons beyond the organizers’ control, residents of the following countries, states, and provinces are not eligible for the 2020 Foundwork Artist: 
    • Argentina
    • Arizona (US State)
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Bulgaria
    • Colorado (US State)
    • Republic of Colombia 
    • Cuba
    • Hong Kong
    • Iceland
    • Italy
    • Iran
    • Kosovo
    • Latvia
    • Macedonia
    • North Korea
    • Quebec (Canadian Province)
    • Russia
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Serbia
    • Sudan
    • Syria
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates (UAE). 
  • Artist collectives are welcome to share their work on the Foundwork platform, but will not be considered for the 2020 Foundwork Artist Prize as an individual artist will be honored.
  • Artwork in any media is eligible for submission. Whatever artwork being submitted for the Prize must be created by entrants individually and not attributed to anyone else.
  • Entrants may choose to publish their CVs. It’s not compulsory. 
  • Entrants can update their account’s email address anytime by logging in to Foundwork and going to the account settings.
  • Any artwork or other materials submitted by email, postal mail, or otherwise will not be considered.
  • The first five (5) artworks displayed at the top of entrant’s profile page on Foundwork will be considered during the selection process no matter the number of submissions made. 
  • After the honoree is confirmed, introductions to each juror by email will be conducted to schedule a studio visit at their mutual convenience.
  • The honoree and short-listed artists will each be invited to be featured in an interview as part of Foundwork’s Dialogues program for further engagement around their work.
  • For video submissions (video, film, performance, or animation), add the URL link to a Vimeo or YouTube page where the video is hosted when you add your work in the CMS on Foundwork (instead of adding still images). This will display your video and make it viewable on Foundwork.
  • Due to the overall volume of artwork to be reviewed for the Prize, the first three (3) minutes of any video provided for any work will be reviewed during the selection process.

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Application Instructions

To apply for the Foundwork Artist Prize 2020, 

  • Read the Prize Rules for important instructions on qualification and how to participate.
  • Read the Frequently asked questions for more details on the award.
  • Sign up and create an artist profile on Foundwork,
    • With 5 or more published artworks on your profile page, by the deadline ;
    • Keep your profile published on Foundwork, with 5 or more published works on your profile page, continuously throughout the entire selection period (5:00 pm ET October 15 to 5:00 pm ET November 30, 2020)
    • The field to add your video URL link on Foundwork is located on the artwork editor form, directly below the field to add still images.

Click here to apply.

About the Foundwork Artist Prize

Launched in 2019, the Foundwork Artist Prize is a yearly award held to recognize and support exceptional creations by contemporary artists. 

Foundwork provides a platform for artists to introduce their work to a multicultural range of people across the global contemporary art community. 

Launched off  the founder’s (Adam Yokell) experience of running a gallery in Brooklyn called Hometown where he worked mainly with emerging artists, Foundwork is a tool for artists and collaborators.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

Artists must have signed up and created their profiles on Foundwork by 5:00 pm ET, October 15 to be considered for the 2020 Prize. 

The selection period for the 2020 Foundwork Artist Prize will be 5:00 pm ET, October 15, 2020 to 5:00 pm ET, November 30, 2020.

Fifty finalists will be shortlisted out of the eligible artists and the list of finalists will be forwarded to the jury.

The jury will review the finalists, select one provisional honoree and three provisional short-listed artists, and notify the organizers of the selections made.

The provisional honoree and provisional short-listed artists will be contacted individually by email to notify them of their success.

Selected artists must confirm acceptance and provide required documentation to the  Provisional Notice by reply email within seven (7) calendar days after the date of the notification being sent. 

Failure to respond within the required time or to provide any requested information may result in disqualification.

The jury for the 2020 Prize includes curators, gallerists, and artists based in Berlin, Tulsa, Los Angeles, Omaha, and Mexico City:

  • Rachel Adams: Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha
  • Anat Ebgi: Owner and Director, Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Natasha Ginwala: Associate Curator, Gropius Bau, Berlin, Artistic Director, 13th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju
  • Kalup Linzy: Performance and Video Artist, 2020 Tulsa Artist Fellow, former Guggenheim Fellow
  • Humberto Moro: Deputy Director and Senior Curator, Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Curator, EXPO Chicago, Adjunct Curator, SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah
  • Michael Ruiz: Founder and Managing Director, Future Gallery, Berlin and Mexico City

The honoree and short-listed artists will be selected on the basis of artistic merit.

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