Deadline: Apply for Merge: Nation’s Best Emerging Artists with Disabilities

April 28, 2021

The VSA Emerging Young Artists Program is seeking applications for their Merge: Nation’s Best Emerging Artists with Disabilities competition.

This call invites artists to consider the intersections and combinations of their creative process and disability identity. In art, the juxtaposition of ideas can blur distinctions or reveal something new. This year’s theme, Merge, explores uniting paths and asks what we can learn when it all comes together.

Fifteen winning artists are selected by jury. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. For winning artists, one of the submitted artworks will be selected for a national exhibition. Artists attend professional development activities provided by the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Professional development opportunities will take place virtually and/or in-person as conditions allow.

Applications are due on April 28, 2021.

To learn more and submit your application, visit Merge: Nation’s Best Emerging Artists with Disabilities