The Present Prize! Voting has begun.
Vote on the winner of the first Present Prize:
a $1K travel grant for a Bay Area artist.
The Present Prize is an intermittent artist grant funded by web hosting fees and awarded by the community of hostees with help from the general public. Each grant period will have a new theme targeting an underfunded area of the creative landscape.
For our first prize, we have teamed up with the Collective Foundation to create a $1K travel grant to a Bay Area artist in order to address a possible reason why Bay Area artists often leave the area after a period of “incubation”. Joseph delPesco, founder of the Collective Foundation speaks eloquently about the reasoning behind this grant theme on the SF Moma blog. (excerpt below)
“Unlike most first-world countries we don’t have a cultural agency at the state or federal level that funds artists’ travel. I have an untested theory that if Bay Area artists had support for mobility that they would be more likely to stay. While the last sentence may sound counter-intuitive, I think one reason artists leave is the relative isolation of the Bay Area in relation to the art centers. More to the point, It appears that most of the artists who have stayed are those who have been able to develop projects and find exhibition opportunities outside of the Bay Area.”
Nominees* for The Present Prize:
Ajit Chauhan, Alison Pebworth, Amanda Eicher, Andrew Venell, Christine Kesler, Lindsey White, Margaret Tedesco, Matt Borruso, and Nathaniel Parsons
We want to YOUR discerning eye!
This stage of the voting is open to all members of the public. View proposals and give us your preference in randomized arena-style matchups**. Voting is open until February 28th, 2011. VOTE NOW >>
*Artists were nominated by two groups of hosting clients whose fees contributed to the creation of this grant. Artists were then contacted to provide short statements about where they wanted to go and why, an image, and a weblink.
** One of the things we were concerned about regarding the voting process was that we wanted to involved the public, but didn’t want it to just be an online popularity contest. That’s why we decided on the head-to-head matchup style and a proposal-centered presentation. We hope that this encourages voters to more fully consider the proposals merits rather than simply voting once for their friend and leaving.
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