-Arts Advocate, Madison

"Now is the right time for the work of past, present and future women artists to be fully known, supported and celebrated"

The Forward Art Prize Application is open now through July 12, 2021 

Submitting your Application:

  • Check all criteria to confirm you are eligible to apply. 

  • Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered.

  • You must complete the application in its entirety at one time and then submit. (The application CANNOT be started, paused and saved. )

  • Visit our FAQs page (link at bottom of this page) for questions about the application.

Application Criteria:

All applicants must meet ALL of the criteria

  • Must currently be a resident of Dane County, Wisconsin, and have resided in Dane County for the last 12 months          (July 15, 2020 - July 15, 2021).  You must be a resident of Dane County when the awards are given.

  • Must be a visual artist working in one of the mediums listed below.

    • Drawing/Painting/Photography/Sculpture/Installation/Printmaking/Social Practice/Video/Mixed Media/Performance Art/Glass/Fiber/Wood/Metal/Clay

  • Must be 18 years old or older by November 1, 2021. 

  • Must be a US resident. 

  • Must not be a student at the time the award is given (Fall 2021)

  • As an individual artists or artists collaborative you must not have received arts funding, grants, or awards which have equaled or exceeded $10,000 2020, 2019, or 2018.


  • You may NOT apply as part of a non-profit or a 501c(3) organization. 

  • All members of the group, up to four total, must fulfill ALL eligibility criteria as stated above or it will NOT be considered a valid application. 

  • One person must act as the contact person and fiscal agent and fill out her information at the beginning of the application. Each additional member of the group must complete the sections titled Collaborator #2, #3 and #4.  Incomplete collaborative applications will not be considered valid for any and all artists listed in the collaborative. 

  • All supplemental information provided must be the work of the collaborative. This includes a collaborative resume, artists statement of the collaborative and work samples of the collaborative's collective artistic practice.  

Complete the Application:   Click here to apply.

  • The name on the application must match your legal name used in tax filing.

  • Answer all yes or no questions.

  • Include your Website/Instagram/Facebook addresses if you have these. 

  • Check all media that apply to your work.

  1. Upload your Artist Resume of no more than three pages.

  2. Copy and paste your Artist Statement of no more than 250 words into the box.

  3. Upload Work Samples (images/video of your work) Do not submit both still images and video.​    


               STILL IMAGES

    • Submit up to seven images of your work, including any details.

    • Works must have been created since 2013. 

    • Must be .jpg format. Recommended image size 4X6 in. to 5x7 in. at 300 dpi.

    • Image file size must not exceed 5 MB

    • Image size must not exceed 2400 pixels in the largest dimension.

    • Label each sample with a your Name, Number, Title, Date (For example: Doe, Jane, 1, Spring Thaw, 2019)   



             If you are submitting samples from your social practice, installation, performance art or video work, you may                    submit up to three minutes of video total, in lieu of ANY slides. Videos must be YouTube or Vimeo with                                passwords, if necessary. Add link for video submission in the box provided. Work must have been created since                2013. Do not submit both still images and video

   4. Attach a Work Sample List.      

       This written document is intended to provide information about the context of your work.

            Include the following information about each image:

  • ​​Number of image (1-7)

  • Title of work

  • Materials

  • Dimensions of work (H x W x D)

  • Year the piece was created (No work created before 2014).

  • Up to three sentences of contextual narrative if needed.

             Here is an example of information provided for the first slide/image:

                 1. Spring Thaw; acrylic, pencil and beeswax on canvas, 14” x 16” x 12”, 2017. This piece is made with                                          overlapping layers of paint, beeswax and pencil on canvas. This was a backdrop for a concert titled                                    “The Four Seasons.” 

             Include the following information for each VIDEO:

  • Number of video (up to 3 total minutes of video).

  • Title of work (or pieces in order of appearance if video shows multiple works)

  • Year the work was created. (No work created before 2014)

  • Password and link to YouTube or Vimeo.

  • Up to 3 sentences of contextual narrative, if needed.

               Here is an example of information provided for Video:

                 1. Lace House, 28 ‘ x 50’ x 14’, 2016.  (YouTube link, password) This installation and performance piece was                              created by over 100 women working together in a shuttered factory in France over the course of a ten-day                        period of time. This piece references the often overlooked creative and collaborative work done by women                        during the 19th and 20th century, by calling attention to their contributions inside and outside of the home.


   5. Check box that states you are aware of the deadline.


   6. The last two questions regarding your ethnicity and the number of years you have been making art are optional.

       Answers are intended to help us know collectively about who is applying.