Open for entries January 1, 2015 A $10,000 Cash Prize Recognizing the best of contemporary southern art

The 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art awards $10,000 to an artist whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the South. Presented annually, the prize recognizes the highest level of artistic achievement in any media. Artists from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia are eligible to apply.

Applications are accepted exclusively through this website from January to May each year.

How to apply

1858Prize-WebsiteFinalistsSociety 1858 is pleased to announce the short list of finalists for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art: Jim Arendt, Sonya Clark, André Leon Gray, Jackson Martin, Jason Mitcham, Damian Stamer, and Stacy Lynn Waddell. Stay tuned, the winner will be announced at an event hosted by Society 1858 on September 18.

Image credits (L to R): Kublai Khan (detail), Rex Parade, 2005, by Henri Schindler, mixed media, courtesy of the artist. Ain't Misbehavin', 2010; by Patrick Dougherty; Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC; courtesy of the artist, photo credit: Zan Maddox. Frontispiece, 1998, by Sally Mann, gelatin silver print, 40 x 50 inches, © Sally Mann, courtesy Gagosian Gallery. Center of the Universe, 2011, by John Westmark, acrylic and paper sewing patterns on canvas, courtesy of the artist. Mac-American Appendage, 2010, by Jiha Moon; ink and acrylic, fabric, embroidery on Hanji paper; 56 3/4 x 37 ½ inches; courtesy of the artist. Gable, 2006, by Edward Rice, oil on canvas, courtesy of the artist.