Submissions Closed for the 2020 Prize

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, Virginia, and West Virginia are eligible to apply.

Applications are accepted exclusively through this website from September through mid-October each year.

How to apply

Image credits: All works by Donté K Hayes. All works 2018 - 2019; Ceramic Black Stoneware; dimensions variable. All images courtesy of the artist.

Image credits (Top Banner, lower L to R): One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (detail), 1998–2003, by Deborah Luster, toned silver gelatin on etched aluminum, 5 x 4 inches, 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.