Genesis Prize Opens $10,000 Competition for Emerging Artists to Design Award Trophy


Foundation Announces International Jury, including Tate Gallery Chairman Lord John Browne, Pushkin Museum Co-Chairman Petr Aven, MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry, and Whitney Museum Director Adam D. Weinberg

NEW YORK, NY, September 9, 2015 — The Genesis Prize Foundation (GPF) today launched IMAGINE, a new initiative which seeks to encourage young creative minds to share their vision and submit designs for the Genesis Prize award trophy. Through the competition, GPF aims to engage emerging artists, designers and architects around the world with the themes of the Genesis Prize.

The Genesis Prize is a $1 million annual award, honoring individuals who have attained excellence and international renown in their chosen professions, and who inspire others through their engagement and dedication to the Jewish community and/or the State of Israel. In 2014, the Prize was awarded to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and in 2015 to actor and peace activist Michael Douglas.

GPF has recruited a world-class jury of 20 international judges from the US, UK, Israel, Scandinavia, Russia and Canada. Tate Gallery Chairman Lord John Browne will chair the Selection Committee, while Pushkin Museum Co-Chairman Petr Aven will serve as deputy chair. Other prominent members of the jury include MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry, Whitney Museum Director Adam D. Weinberg, Garage Museum Founder Dasha Zhukova and prominent artists, architects and designers such as Daniel Libeskind, Phyllis Lambert and Ron Arad. The complete list of Jury members is available here.

“I admire the work the Genesis Prize Foundation is doing to celebrate inspiring role models, and to encourage young adults to connect to their heritage and contribute to humanity. IMAGINE, the design competition, offers a perfect opportunity for me to contribute to the organization’s mission” said Lord John Browne, Selection Committee Chair and Chairman of the Tate Gallery.

The competition is open to all individuals currently enrolled as students and to emerging artists between the ages of 18 and 35. Participants in the competition must register at by October 15 and submit their designs by December 31.

IMAGINE is seeking submissions that meet the following criteria:

  • The design must be unique and of high quality.
  • The design must clearly reflect the mission of the Prize and the connection between the design and the mission must be explained in the entrant’s written statement.
  • The design must be technically feasible to produce.

The first place design will receive a prize of $10,000 and will be announced by summer 2016.

“IMAGINE is an opportunity for the Genesis Prize Foundation to connect with young artists, and bring out the best ideas for the design of the Genesis Prize award trophy,” said Stan Polovets, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Genesis Prize Foundation. “We want to foster creativity, as well as connection to Jewish heritage and culture through this artistic process.”

The competition will include a four stage process that begins by working with external experts to determine which projects are feasible to produce and therefore eligible to advance to the next stage of review. Once submissions have gone through the feasibility review, they are submitted to an esteemed panel of international judges, who will review and score the designs based on the selection criteria and their own impressions of quality and originality. The designs will then be posted online for public voting. The designs with the most votes will advance to the final stage, during which the designs are presented to a smaller group of judges, the selection committee, who will select the winner and runners up to recommend to the Genesis Prize Foundation Board of Directors.

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