The Vermont Prize is a collaborative initiative
of Burlington City Arts,
Museum & Art Center, The Current, and
Hall Art Foundation.
The Vermont Prize is awarded to one artist annually. The winner receives a monetary prize of $5,000, and their work is showcased and archived on vermontprize.org and on social media.
Applications for The Vermont Prize are accepted from visual artists currently living and working in Vermont. There is no fee to apply.
Each prize cycle is juried by a team consisting of one representative from each of the four partner organizations, as well as a fifth independent and unaffiliated juror. The prize winner will be selected on the basis of artistic excellence, regardless of career stage.
For over 30 years, Burlington City Arts (BCA) has helped cement Burlington, Vermont’s reputation as one of America’s most livable cities for the arts. Our physical locations include the BCA Center, a three-level, year-round exhibition space, as well as BCA Studios, which hosts art classes, camps, and open studio hours in our state-of-the-art facilities. BCA also produces city-wide festivals, events, concerts, films, artist markets, and more. Funded by a unique public/private partnership in which private charitable contributions leverage City funding, BCA is dedicated to supporting artists while expanding access to arts-based education and experiences. BCA provides a national model for centering the arts in community impact, on sectors as varied as education, the environment, civic dialogue, and the economy.
Founded in 1972, the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) is a non-collecting contemporary art museum focused on the art of our time. An anchor of southern Vermont’s vibrant cultural life, BMAC brings notable art and artists to Brattleboro and provides a platform for its region’s many artistic riches. In addition to presenting 15-20 exhibitions each year, BMAC hosts 50-60 cultural events and collaborates with area schools, service organizations, and other partners to fulfill its mission “to illuminate art and ideas in ways that inspire, inform, and connect people from all walks of life.”
Located in Stowe, Vermont, The Current was established in 1981, growing out of a community project to save a historic building and use it for the benefit of the community. Our mission is to enhance the human experience through the visual arts. We provide year-round visual art exhibitions in our galleries and our annual outdoor sculpture show, Exposed, throughout the town; public programs such as lectures, panels, and film screenings primarily linked to our exhibitions; and progressive and innovative arts education programs for all ages. In recent years, we have evolved our arts education initiatives through an Interpretive Learning Program and expanded studios that create hands-on learning experiences for our audiences to become active participants in building understanding for the artwork we present.
Founded in 2007, the Hall Art Foundation makes available postwar and contemporary art works from its own collection and that of Andrew and Christine Hall for the enjoyment and education of the public. In Reading, Vermont our campus of converted galleries, situated on a former dairy farm, consists of a 19th-century stone farmhouse, three barns, as well as a reception center and cafe. Our property’s 5 historic buildings make up approximately 6,000 sq. feet of museum-quality exhibition space. The farmhouse and barns sit next to a waterfall on a tributary of the Black River, and are surrounded by approximately 400 acres of pastures, hayfields and extensive woodland. Outdoor sculptures by world-renowned artists are installed throughout the grounds. Rotating, temporary exhibitions of contemporary art are held seasonally, from May through November.