The West Prize was launched in 2008 with the mission to find exciting new artists and adding them to the West Collection.
In its inaugural year, the West annual acquisition budget of $125,000 was offered to ten artists.
The flood of applications was unbelievable!
In fact, 3,600 artists applied from 73 countries.
West Collection curator Paige West had the job to go through all applicants and narrow the field down to ten innovative artists, but there were hundreds of fitting applicants in the application pool.
The hope is that artists will continue to apply until they are acquired through the West Prize.
The West Prize will again award the 10 finalists $10,000 each from the acquisition funds, which is used to add their work to the West Collection.
The application deadline is November 1, 2009 and artists must be 18 years or older and can live anywhere in the world.
All artworks submitted for consideration for the acquisition award must be valued at less than $10,000.
One of the 10 artists will win the balance of the purse, or $25,000 in cash, as a stipend for concentrating solely on art for the next year.
Additionally, a 10 Catalog will again been produced to document the 2009 winners.
There is no fee to apply to the West Prize.