About the AWARE Prizes
Since their creation in 2016, the AWARE prizes have shone a new light on the careers of women artists and increased recognition of their work. In 2022, one of the two AWARE prizes, hitherto dedicated to emerging artists, became the Nouveau Regard prize to be awarded to mid-career artists, who are currently less supported by existing prizes and the art world. The winner of this new prize benefits from a residency at the Villa Albertine and tailored accompaniment by the A.I.R. Gallery in New York. As part of its partnership with AWARE, the Cnap (Centre national des arts plastiques) offers the winner of the Nouveau Regard prize the acquisition of works that will join its collection. The winning artist also benefits from a production grant for a solo exhibition to be held within the D.C.A network (French Association for the Development of Contemporary Art Centers). The Outstanding Merit prize for artists with a career spanning over 40 years remains unchanged.
About A.I.R. Gallery
A.I.R. Gallery is a feminist, artist-run, nonprofit arts organization for women and non-binary artists. Founded in 1972, A.I.R. provides an alternative space for creative risk-taking by artists at the margins of the contemporary art world and the art historical canon.
About the Villa Albertine
The Villa Albertine is a networked cultural institution between France and the United States in the service of the arts and ideas. Present all over the United States, led by a team of 80 people in ten major cities (Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Washington DC), the Villa Albertine offers an annual program of 60 custom-made residencies, from one to three months, for creatives (all disciplines), thinkers and professionals from the cultural world. The Villa Albertine is also developing around 15 professional programs covering all areas of the cultural and creative industries. Festivals, one-off events as well as regular cycles will complete this comprehensive and modular program of support for French cultural players. The Villa Albertine is an establishment of the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, supported by the Ministry of Culture.