Salt Lake Art Center announces Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting


Deadline: April 11, 2011

Salt Lake Art Center and Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation are pleased to announce the creation of the Catherine Doctorow Prize for Contemporary Painting, a new national painting prize that will recognize exceptional emerging and mid-career artists in the United States.  The recipient of this bi-annual prize will receive a $15,000 cash award and a solo exhibition at Salt Lake Art Center, giving residents of Utah an unprecedented opportunity to view work by leading contemporary painters.


As the permanent home of the Catherine Doctorow Prize, Salt Lake Art Center will invite up to 200 nominators who are arts professionals in the United States to nominate painters of promise. Nominators will include: museum and gallery directors, curators, art and art history professors, artists, and art writers.  Nominators may recommend one candidate.  Artists may not nominate themselves.


Each nominee must be an emerging or mid-career painter who:

  • lives in the United States.
  • shows evidence of a professional artistic practice for no less than 5 years and no more than 10 years (as evidenced by exhibition history).
  • considers him/herself a painter.
  • is pursuing a career in painting, preferably as a primary profession.
  • has not had more than one solo exhibition in a museum.
  • has a unique, promising, and dedicated artistic vision.
  • makes work that is clearly engaged with contemporary concerns in painting.

There are no requirements based on age, educational background, or nationality.


Specific material submission guidelines and forms will be provided to invited nominators and nominees.

NOMINATORS will be asked to provide the following information on a brief application form:

  • A summary/characterization of the candidate’s artistic practice and style (300-500 words)
  • An explanation as to why they are nominating this artist and why they consider the nominee to have a significant and promising painting practice (300-500 words)
  • Brief discussion of why/how they have confidence that this person will continue to engage in a meaningful painting practice (300 words)
  • How they know the candidate, and for how long
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Complete application must be submitted by April 10, 2011.

NOMINEES must also submit an application and portfolio, accompanying the nomination form, with the following information:

  • Artist statement describing their practice (300-500 words)
  • Curriculum Vitae (including publications, exhibition history, previous awards)
  • 20 hi-res images of paintings made within the last 5 years, at least 5 of which were made in the last 1 ½ years
  • Contact information for candidate
  • Website URL (if available)
  • February 11, 2011: Nomination forms and materials submission guidelines available online
  • April 11, 2011: Nominator and nominee submission materials due
  • May 2011: Winner announced
  • November 10, 2011: Opening of exhibition at Salt Lake Art Center