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Vilcek Foundation


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The Foundation raises awareness of immigrant contributions in America and foster appreciation of the arts and sciences. Founded in 200 by Jan and Marica Vilcek, immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia, the Foundation was inspired by the couple’s respective careers in biomedical science and art history as well as their person experiences and appreciation for the opportunities offered to them as newcomers to the United States. The Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Fine Arts will award $50,000 to three young, foreign-born artists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement. Artists practicing in a variety of media -- including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and other visual arts processes are encouraged to apply. Eligible applicants must have been born outside of the United States, be no more than 38 years old as of Dec. 31, 2016; be a naturalized citizen or permanent resident of the United States and intend to pursue a professional career in the United States. Applicants also must not have been a past winner of or finalist for the Prize. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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