Do you accept late or incomplete submissions?
Are current undergraduate or graduate students eligible to apply for the 2017 Edes Prize?
No. Only students who received or will receive a BA, MA, or PhD degree between June 2013 and June 2017 are eligible.
I work across disciplines. Do my work samples have to follow your guidelines?
Please use the guidelines for the discipline that most closely fits your work and add a note of explanation.
I work collaboratively with someone else. Can we apply together?
The Edes Prize is given to an individual to support individual achievement. That said, many artists work collaboratively and the prize money may be used to support collaborative aspects of a project.
How will the prize winner be selected?
The jury of five faculty members will review all applications. The criteria for selection include:
The creative and intellectual caliber of the proposed project
The proposed project’s level of ambition and its transformative potential for the applicant and his or her work
The clarity of the proposed project and the applicant’s potential to accomplish it
The strength of the applicant’s ongoing creative practice
Finalists will be asked to make an oral presentation to the jury on their proposed projects and how their project will advance their practice. Jury members may also elect to visit artists in the studios or attend their performances or screenings.
Can I keep my full-time job during the year of the award?
No. The recipient may not engage in full-time employment during the 12-month award period (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018). The purpose of the award is to allow the artist to commit the necessary time to advance her/his art making and professional practice. Part-time employment (up to 30 hours per week) is permitted.
Can I use the prize to pay for a graduate degree program?
No. The award is not intended to cover the cost of full-time graduate or post-graduate studies. Support for non-degree study, e.g. workshops, is allowed.
Can I use the prize money for travel? For supplies? For rent?
The award funds may be used in any way that advances the recipient’s artistic practice. The prize recipient will be asked to develop a plan for achieving her/his goals for the project year to be shared with the Edes Prize jury.
Can I spend the prize money over two years?
Funds will be disbursed in two equal installments, July 2017 and January 2018. You are free to spend the money as needed, even beyond the year of the award.
If I receive an Edes Prize, will I owe income taxes?
Like similar prizes and awards, the Edes Prize is reportable as taxable income for the recipient. As required by law, the University of Chicago will report the amount of the prize to the recipient and the IRS on the appropriate tax form (Form 1099 for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, and Form 1042-S for foreign persons). For foreign persons only, the University will withhold the amount of income tax required by law. No withholding is required for U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Because individual tax situations vary, you should consult with a personal tax advisor if you have questions about the tax treatment of the Edes Prize.
If I win the prize, am I required to make or do something specific?
The project plan submitted as part of your application should outline your goals for the project year. During the course of the award year you will periodically be asked to submit brief status reports and to meet with the Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Board. If your goals include the creation of an artwork, the jury will expect that work to be completed at the conclusion of the award period. No later than four months after the grant period has ended, the recipient will present a report to the jury and the donor that describes how the prize was used and how it advanced the recipient’s creative practice. The recipient will also provide documentation in a medium appropriate to his or her discipline.
I still have questions. How can I find additional information?
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