25 January 2021News

AXA XL’s US art prize opens for submissions

AXA XL has launched the fourth edition of the AXA Art Prize which is open to figurative paintings, drawings and prints created by undergraduate and graduate art students.

Submissions are open until March 14, 2021.

A total of 40 finalists are selected for exhibition from hundreds of submissions, wth their work going on view in New York in fall 2021. From there a winner will be chosen, who will receive a $10,000 prize.

The AXA Art Prize was developed in partnership with the New York Academy of Art. Since its launch, over a thousand students have submitted work, from hundreds of colleges and universities across the US.

Former exhibition juries, who select the 40 finalists, have included curators from the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum; the New Museum; the Brooklyn Museum; the Smithsonian’s National Gallery of Art; and the Museum of Modern Art.

Prize juries, who select the final winning artist, have featured: Sanford Biggers; Will Cotton; John Currin; Nicole Eisenman; Eric Fischl; Tschabalala Self; Laurie Simmons; and Amy Sherald.

The AXA Art Prize strategic advisory board boasts 34 art programmes across the US, including: the Rhode Island School of Design; Columbia University School of Arts; Parsons School of Design; the School of the Art Institute of Chicago Pratt Institute; and the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Jennifer Schipf, global chief underwriting officer for fine art and specie at AXA XL, said the prize is an opportunity to “shine a light on the outstanding talent of emerging figurative artists across the US.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a published catalog of works and will also be available as a virtual experience at  axaartprize.com.