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.
The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) was founded in 1972 by two local groups committed to saving their town’s historic train station from the wrecking ball. One group wanted to transform the former Union Station into a museum of local history, the other into a center for art classes and exhibitions. They agreed to work together, and BMAC was born. Following months of laborious cleaning and restoration done by scores of volunteers, the newly fledged institution opened its doors to the public on September
10, 1972. Fast forward nearly 50 years, and today BMAC is a non-collecting contemporary art museum focused on the work of living artists. An anchor of southern Vermont’s vibrant cultural life, BMAC brings notable art and artists to Brattleboro and continues to provide a platform for its region’s many artistic riches.
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.