Distinguished & Emerging Artist Awards

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Distinguished & Emerging Artist Awards

The purpose of the Fine Arts Commission is to foster and encourage artistic expression and achievement in the fields of visual, verbal and performing arts while preserving and advancing the arts for the benefit of the citizens of Cupertino. Each year the Commission presents awards to deserving artists in recognition of local talent in these fields.  

The Emerging Artist Award was established to encourage and recognize demonstrations of artistic promise.  This award recognizes younger artists as well as those rediscovering their love of artistic expression later in life. Judging criteria will include evidence of imagination and individuality as well as effective use of media and tools to create a work of personal expression. 

The Distinguished Artist Award recognizes established artists having a substantial body of work that display merit and excellence, as well as a history of contributions to their artistic field and the community. Prior winners of the Distinguished Artist Award have taught art classes, participated in shows or performances, and won awards for their work.

There is a cash award of $1000 for the Distinguished Artist and a $750 cash award for the Emerging Artist. 

Recipients of the cash awards must agree with the following:

- Work with the Fine Arts Commission to promote the arts in the community through participation in one or more events designed for that purpose.

- Acknowledge the recognition of the City of Cupertino on any printed advertising, programs or brochures they produce related to the award. 

Eligibility: Artists must live or work in Cupertino, or attend an art or educational institution or school physically located within Cupertino. 

Please contact us at finearts@cupertino.org if you have a question about your eligibility. 

Deadline: Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.

To submit an application, please email the following documents to finearts@cupertino.org . If your documents are too large to email, please email finearts@cupertino.org  to request a link to upload your materials. Complete applications will include:  

  1. Application form available here.  Please type only so that we have correct spelling and contact information.
  2. Artist’s personal statement that addresses artistic promise, goals, or accomplishments
  3. Two letters of endorsement and/or support, which includes relationship to artist

  4. Digital portfolio, saved as PDF, JPG, PNG or TIFF file, of up to 10 pieces that best represent your body of work. 
    Performing arts videos should be sent as video links, rather than files. Check with us if you are concerned about formats, particularly audio or video files for performing arts. Please do not snapshot art pieces into emails, as the image is altered when saved.

  5. Resume and exhibition record (if any)

Questions? Please email finearts@cupertino.org

Past Distinguished Artist Award Winners

Past Emerging Artist Award Winners

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