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Dallas Museum of Art Announces Inaugural Art Ball Graduate Student Prize

The Dallas Museum of Art has announced the inaugural DMA Art Ball Graduate Student Prize, sponsored by the Dallas Art Fair. The prize, which will be given this year to between five and seven recipients, aims at recognizing exceptionally talented visual artists—of any age—who are currently enrolled in graduate programs throughout Texas.

The DMA Art Ball Graduate Student Prize award recipients will be selected by a jury committee composed of the following noted arts professionals: Maxwell L. Anderson (The Eugene McDermott Director, DMA), Frances Colpitt (Deedie Potter Rose Chair of Art History, TCU), Annette Lawrence (Professor, UNT), Gabriel Ritter (The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, DMA), and Jeremy Strick (Director, Nasher Sculpture Center).

The competition will be open to graduate students of any age enrolled in visual arts programs throughout the state of Texas, with the stipulation that they not be formally represented by a commercial gallery or dealer.

A call for entries was recently issued by the DMA, reaching hundreds of university professors and administrators throughout the state. Artists will be requested to submit six work samples, with one identified as the piece he or she would include in the Art Ball silent auction, if selected.

There are limitations on the scale of the works that can be submitted as well as the media. (Editor’s Note: Full details on eligibility and submissions are below; the application is attached.)

From this larger pool, the jury will be charged with selecting five to seven prize winners. Each award recipient will receive a cash award of $1,500. Prize-winning works will be on view at the Art Ball Patron Preview Party, April 3, 2013, and at the opening night of the Dallas Art Fair, April 11, 2013.

“We’re very pleased to offer this prize,” stated Anderson. “Texas is home to a huge number of talented artists, and it’s especially gratifying to support some toward the beginning of their careers.”

Over the past thirteen years, Art Ball has raised more than $18 million to support the Dallas Museum of Art’s mission of engaging and educating the community. The year 2012 was record breaking, raising more than $2 million for the DMA. On April 13, 2013, the 48th annual gala will feature a seated dinner, luxury silent and live auctions, and an after party for more than seven hundred guests. Art Ball attracts many prominent philanthropists and art collectors, including the Museum’s top patrons and trustees. The fundraiser also aligns companies with the DMA’s mission and supports a larger effort to provide special art and educational programming for the entire North Texas community.

“Texas is fortunate to be home to many excellent university art programs, and it is because of the exciting work of many of these students that the state’s vibrant contemporary art scene continues to grow. We want to thank the Dallas Art Fair, which collaborated with us to sponsor this inaugural Art Ball Graduate Student Prize,” said Catherine Rose, on behalf of herself and Jennifer Karol, chairs of Art Ball 2013.

Rules for entry – DMA Art Ball Graduate Student Prize

Immediate family members of Museum staff or trustees are not eligible to apply. An artist is eligible to win the award only once. Telephone inquiries may be directed to 214-922-1334.

Artists and Art Eligibility

  1. Artists must be graduate students (MA, MFA, PhD) of any age enrolled in visual arts programs throughout the state of Texas.
  2. Artists must not be formally represented by a commercial gallery or dealer.
  3. Eligible mediums include painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photo-based media.
  4. Immediate family members of DMA staff or trustees are not eligible to apply.

Application for the DMA Graduate Student Art Ball Prize

Applicants meeting the residency and representation specifications for the prize should submit the following (do NOT staple materials or insert them in binders):

  1. Complete application form and image list (use attached form)
  2. Submit in CD format no more than six (6) examples of recent work in the form of digital images (in JPEG format, each JPEG not to exceed 2MB). Of these images, note which piece will be donated to the Art Ball auction if you are selected as a prize recipient.
  3. Works submitted for display must not exceed the following dimensions or weight:
    1. Weight limit: 300 lbs.
    2. Dimensions: no larger than 5 x 5 x 5 ft.
  4. An up-to-date curriculum vitae
  5. Proof of current enrollment in graduate-level (MA, MFA, PhD) visual arts program in the state of Texas. (Copy of valid student ID or other proof of enrollment required.)
  6. All materials must be postmarked by January 7, 2013.
  7. Provide self-addressed envelope with adequate postage if you would like your materials returned.
  8. The DMA will make delivery arrangements for art that is selected outside of the North Texas region.

Award and Recognition

  1. Five to seven artists will be selected.
  2. Prize recipients will receive a cash award of $1,500.
  3. Prize recipients will donate the artwork selected from their submission to the Art Ball 2013 silent auction.
  4. Prior to Art Ball, these works will also be on view at the Art Ball Patron Preview Party and the opening night of the Dallas Art Fair.

Timeline for the DMA Graduate Student Art Ball Prize

  1. Application deadline: postmarked by January 7, 2013
  2. Prize recipients selected: January 2013
  3. Prize recipients notified: late January 2013
  4. Selected art on view at Art Ball Patron Preview Party: April 3, 2013
  5. Selected art on view at Dallas Art Fair: April 11, 2013
  6. Selected art auctioned at DMA Art Ball: April 13, 2013
  7. Cash award distributed: April 15, 2013

About the DMA Art Ball

The 48th annual gala benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art will feature a seated dinner, luxury silent and live auctions, and an after party for more than seven hundred guests. The event will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2013.

The Headington Companies on behalf of the Joule is the Presenting Sponsor of Art Ball 2013. The evening will begin with luxury silent and live auctions held inside the DMA. Each special item or experience offered in the auctions will be one of a kind, not available anywhere else but on that April evening. Art Ball guests wishing to continue bidding on silent auction items as the evening progresses will be able to do so via a smartphone application created specifically for the event and sponsored by AT&T.

At the conclusion of the live auction, guests will be escorted from the DMA to a tented wonderland in the midst of Klyde Warren Park, where they will enjoy a multi-course seated dinner by Cassandra Fine Catering and underwritten by Cartier. Following the dinner, Art Ball attendees and special guests will be ushered into another part of the gala tent to discover a dynamic, high-energy after party.

Over the past thirteen years, Art Ball has raised more than $18 million to support the Dallas Museum of Art’s mission of engaging and educating the community. The year 2012 was record-breaking, raising more than $2 million for the DMA. The fundraiser also aligns companies with the DMA’s mission and supports a larger effort to provide special art and educational programming for the community of North Texas.

About the Dallas Museum of Art

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

About the Dallas Art Fair

The Dallas Art Fair is located at the Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g.), within walking distance of world‐class cultural institutions of the Dallas Arts District including the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Meyerson Symphony Center. Since 2009, 20,000 guests have attended the Dallas Art Fair, and the event has drawn established and aspiring art collectors and enthusiasts from throughout the nation. The Dallas Art Fair was co-founded by John Sughrue and Chris Byrne.

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