Open for Entries January 1, 2018

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, Kentucky, 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

Image credits (clockwise from top left): All works by Bo Bartlett (American, b. 1955). Dominion, 2016; oil on linen; 82 x 100 inches. Oligarchy (detail), 2016; oil on linen; 120 x 88 inches. Diaspora (detail), 2016; oil on linen; 82 x 100 inches. The American (detail), 2016; oil on linen; 88 x 100 inches. Galilee (detail), 2014; oil on linen; 88 x 120 inches. All images courtesy of the artist.

Image credits (Top Banner, 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. Black Hair Flag, 2010, by Sonya Clark, painted canvas, stitched and braided thread, 56 x 42 inches, courtesy of the artist. 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.