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Graduate Students Need to Know about the 2015 Snider Prize

Posted by on January 8, 2015 | Student Photography


Image: 2014 Snider Prize award recipient Hyounsang Yoo, from Smoke and Mirrors, 2013

Next week, Columbia College Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) will begin accepting submissions for the 2015 Snider Prize, a purchase award given to emerging artists as they leave graduate school. MoCP’s curatorial staff will select three artists for this award: one winner will receive $2,000 and two honorable mentions will each receive $500. These funds will go toward the purchase of work to be added to MoCP’s permanent collection.

This award forms a part of the museum’s ongoing commitment to support new talent in the field of contemporary photography. The prize is open to MFA students currently in their last year of study at an accredited program of study in the United States and is sponsored by MoCP patrons Lawrence K. and Maxine Snider.

The 2014 Snider Prize award recipient was Hyounsang Yoo, whose works explore relationships between history and ideas of production of reality through photography, video, installation and sculpture. His work has been exhibited in the Bridge Art Fair, NY; EXPO Chicago; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, among others. Yoo is a recent MFA graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Submissions will be accepted from January 15 to midnight on April 1, 2015, and the three award recipients will be announced on May 1, 2015. More information about the prize and how to apply can be found here.