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Theodore Prize

The Prize
The Theodore Prize is a family-funded initiative led by the Throop Family Foundation to celebrate the professional accomplishments of an Atlantic Canadian visual artist. Stemming from a desire to give something back to the Atlantic Canadian Visual Arts Community, the prize is named for a special family member who exemplified generosity and good will. Administered by the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, The Theodore Prize is an annual award of $20,000 given to an Atlantic Canadian artist whose work displays a high level of artistic and creative excellence, a command of the artist’s medium, and an acknowledged level of regard from the Atlantic Canadian curatorial/gallery community.

The Theodore Prize is open to living Atlantic Canadian artists who have been recognized as professionals through their educational background and/or professional accomplishments, critical reception, and by their inclusion in exhibitions and art collections. There is no age limit for The Theodore Prize and eligibility is not based on whether an artist is emerging, mid-career, or established. All genres of visual art normally collected and exhibited by public art galleries in Atlantic Canada are eligible for consideration.

• To be considered for The Theodore Prize artists must display professional activity such as inclusion in juried exhibitions, receipt of arts grants, critical reception, and other generally accepted criteria of professional activity.
• Artists must have had a solo exhibition at a commercial art gallery or public art gallery or art museum within five years of their application.
• Artists must have lived in Atlantic Canada for at least the two years prior to their application, or otherwise be considered permanent residents of one of the four Atlantic provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador).
• Artists can apply directly for The Theodore Prize or be nominated. Nominators must be arts professionals with demonstrated expertise in the visual arts (i.e. artists, educators, curators, critics, dealers).
• Only one application/nomination per artist will be considered, with priority given to the first received.
• Nominations must include an acceptance of the nomination by the nominated artist.
• Applications and/or nominations should be sent to:

Nominations open: April 15, 2024.
Nominations close: June 15, 2024.
Announcement of winner: July 18, 2024.

All applications must be done electronically. Do not send original work.
Each application or nomination should include:

• An artist’s or nominator’s statement (including an acceptance of the nomination by the artist). Max 300 words.
• A current resume of the artist (max. 3 pages).
• A brief biography of the artist (and of the nominator if applicable). Max. 200 words.

• Support Material:
• Still Images: 10 images (max. 2 MB each, supported formats: .jpg, .tiff, .tif)
• Video: 3 samples (15 minutes total for all material, supported formats: dvd format, .mp4, .mov, .mpg)
• Print: (pdf or other digital file), not to exceed 5 pages.

While applications may be submitted in English or French, the jury will be conducted in English.

The Theodore Prize will be juried by three arts professionals, including representatives of two Atlantic Canadian public art galleries or post-secondary art institutions, and jury chair, Ray Cronin, Curator of Canadian Art, Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Members of the jury will be announced with the announcement of the winner of the prize.

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